Starting today, youths receive free monthly transit passes in Victoria

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      The City of Victoria has achieved several environmental successes since Lisa Helps was elected mayor in 2011.

      There has been a monumental increase in separated bike lanes in the city, enabling cyclists to commute with less fear of being struck by a vehicle.

      The city's climate leadership plan calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and 100 percent renewable energy in Victoria by 2050.

      And recently, city council passed a motion to try to limit the number of cruise ships docking in the city each year to reduce emissions.

      Today, Victoria took another step toward a climate-friendly future by granting free monthly transit passes to city residents 18 years of age and younger.

      People must provide proof of age and residency to pick up the passes at Victoria City Hall.

      These monthly passes are not replaceable if they're lost. 

      Victoria's Lisa Helps has made environmental issues a priority since becoming mayor in 2011.

      The mayor's personal website includes an extensive section on climate change and sustainability to educate local residents.

      Under her leadership, council also banned single-use plastic bags.

      The city has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to try to retain authority to do this.