Saskatoon Ahead of Regina on Electric Transit

Years ago a BYD electric bus from China toured western Canada. St. Albert bought some on the spot. Regina Transit said they wouldn’t pursue zero emission transit until their new bus barn is constructed.
The federal government provided money to build that facility, but a location wasn’t sited, and nothing has been started even years later.
As a result, Regina Transit isn’t well positioned to support the 100% renewable city motion of 2 years ago, to have emissions cut to net-zero by 2050.
Last year I was told by a City Hall admin that Transit was investigating natural gas vehicles. That’s disturbing. It was literally the 1990s that the City of Regina had natural fossil gas vehicles in their truck fleet, and obviously they weren’t continued. There’s no excuse to look into that technology at this point with battery costs falling to record lows.

Earlier this year.

It’s All Under Control

Good to know that there’s nothing more important for Council to consider right now than forcing residents to pull or poison weeds, and to name Pat’s Patio as Pat’s Plaza.

I guess everyone has forgotten about the pandemic, and the rising number of infections on the prairies. It’s only a month until the Provincial Gov’t is forcing schools to re-open so they can put kids on the front-lines with teachers and school support staff. Yet the Mayor is bearish on masks. The irony of telling people to err on the side of caution, while not requiring they do so by putting on a damn mask. Here’s a hint, when Scott Moe is more forward thinking than you, worry:

The Mayor ReTweeted this though a month ago today:

Helmet Bylaw Defeated

8-2, Council rejects Hawkins’ stupid bike helmet bylaw.

But hey, it helps make content to fill up a blog.

Like A Virus, Hawkins’ Bike Hate Spreads

Councillor Hawkins can eat my helmet. Wait, that sounds dirtier than “eat my shorts”, or “eat my hat”.

Before the world fell apart from a global plague, he reasoned the best way to make sure people in Regina were safe when on bikes wasn’t to give them protected spaces so truck drivers couldn’t run them over, but to instead discourage more of them from riding bikes in the first place.

This Wednesday, City Council will waste time debating if it’s going to make it harder for you to go for a peaceful bike ride without being harassed by the cops instead of just angry drivers and impatient dog walkers with long leashes. There are no more pressing issues in the city, not even the growing food insecurity as global supply lines are fluctuating from necessary lockdowns and quarantines?