eBikes Can Save Our World

I’ve been using ebikes for years. They work through the Winter, and have cost me about $5/year to power them, in electricity costs. Yes, per YEAR.

If someone has concerns about ebikes, I hope they’d speak with people who use them to learn of the many benefits.

It’s important for everyone to be courteous, and that includes drivers (who are deadly when they fail to comply with the law), and people who walk, as well as people in wheel chairs, on One Wheels, or any other form of active transportation.

My ebike helps me not over-exert myself while biking. I’ve died previously from biking too hard, and had a cardiac arrest. I’m less likely to have that problem again if I can have electric assistance like people get from powered wheel chairs.

Will municipal, and provincial governments legislate away our future transportation technology before it gets popular here?

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Riders and Raptors Tonight

Not enough bike rack space for the Stadium, but that’s a problem almost any event in the Summer if the bike valet isn’t operating.

Between 5 and 6:45 p.m., residents can take a transit shuttle to Mosaic Stadium from the following pickup locations:
• Downtown
• Southland Mall
• Warehouse
• University of Regina

*Northgate Mall was not available to participate due to conflicting events.

I’ve asked the City to update us on what will be done about a bike lane to the stadium that was promised to us before they even started construction.

Little Transit Progress Steps

Councillor Stevens sent this message to the RCPTC transit activism group:

“This Thursday, the Community and Protective Services Committee will consider a proposal to introduce an airport route. A report on improving Sunday and holiday service was positively received by the Committee a few months ago, and has advanced to the budget deliberation stage. The Accessibility Advisory Committee is reconvening, the costs of monthly passes have gone down, and a low-income pass was introduced.

Keep up the great work!

Andrew”

These are certainly welcome items. If you can help convince the Committee on Thursday we have people harmed by having no Airport route, please do so.

We need bigger improvements in the medium and long terms, so let’s keep pushing for them.

Transit Report To Improve Regina

Six years ago I ran a transit petition in the city, with a specific list of changes needed to immediately improve bus services in Regina. I also helped re-initiate the U-Pass discussion at the University of Regina, which led to implementation of the U-Pass a few years later. Unfortunately there haven’t been many significant improvements since, even though we face a climate crisis, and transit is a key to fighting it here in Regina.

City Council pledged to make Regina renewable by 2050, but they’ve not put our money where their mouths were.

Here’s the straight-forward list, shamefully not complete half a decade later:
X More frequent stop times after 9PM for routes serving major streets.
X Sundays and Holidays use the Saturday routes and schedule.
IN PROGRESS: Express routes on major roads including but not limited to Albert St., Broad St., Victoria Ave. & E.,
NOT DONE: Dewdney Ave., and Rochdale Blvd. Where possible, bus-only lanes will be created, and strictly enforced to reduce Transit delays.
Unclear if this is fixed: Enough Para-Transit resources made available to reduce by half or more, the 2011 monthly average number of stranded users requesting service, by the end of 2013.
X Bus or Shuttle service to the Regina #YQR Airport.

ADDED:

“Oh, can you pass on to them that the Number 8 route is The Best Route in the city. And it’s starting to get busier. People are discovering this transit secret.”

Carla Harris:
‏”Also test #YqrTransit on foot. Many residential bus stops & even stops on main roads are without sidewalks, which makes them inaccessible all winter & wet spring. You won’t notice these accessibility limitations until planners try walk to destinations from drop points themselves.”

Bikelash Described in Saskatoon

This is an outstanding letter and I hope if you care about urban design, or about your car, that you’ll read it through and consider it.

And here’s another thought about design of cities:

Killer Premier Avoids Jail

Saskatchewan: where if you’re a white 3rd generation immigrant/settler, you get a ticket for killing someone with careless driving, but if you’re a first generation, brown immigrant, you’ll get 8 years in jail for killing people through the same crime.

This is called “white privilege”.

Additionally, after killing someone, when you’re white, you’re eligible to be elected by your political party to the highest political office in the province.
The sentence today for a careless driver who was not drunk, seems a bit harsh in comparison to our killer Premier.

Should people go to jail for killing someone (while driving)? Absolutely, even if it’s only for a week.

Now for controversial claims:
If the Humboldt Broncos who died had been on bicycles, the driver of the semi probably would have got a 2 year jail sentence.

If the hockey players had been school children on their way back from a field trip, the driver would have got a 6 year sentence.