Can’t Even Hitch-hike Away From Regina #YQRcc

Regina is such a fantastic place to be, that your City Council wants to remind you that it’s illegal to try to leave it by vehicle without paying for the privilege.

It’s a somewhat bold strategy to Grow Regina by keeping it illegal to hitch-hike away from the Queen City, or offer to take anyone with you if you’re making an escape, but I’m sure the Councillors in favour of the bylaw have thought it through thoroughly.

Fortunately the closest hitchhiker friendly municipalities are sufficiently far from the Queen City, that once a hitchhiker traveling across the country by the nationally famous Trans-Canada Highway disembarks here, they’ll have to hire a bus or licensed cab to get out. It would take over 12 hours to walk to Moose Jaw; few are likely to attempt it. It would be almost pointless anyway, since Moose Jaw also has this sort of amazing bylaw. Facing this legal and financial quandary, they’ll more than likely opt to settle here, thus boosting our tax base.

Following the example set out in our city’s bylaws, should I see a distressed person at the side of the road in Regina, I’ll be certain to drive past them, lest they misinterpret my slowing down as an enticement to enter my vehicle. Such a misplaced deed could cost me $110, and the attempted hitchhiker $110 too.

Seeing too that “Soliciting business from a vehicle” is illegal, I’ll give those apparently nefarious food trucks on the Plaza downtown, a wide berth this Summer. I’ll report any rogue carwash fundraisers at schools, to the appropriate authorities.

I really must congratulate this City Council for preparing for high-tech ride-sharing services that have become popular in many cities, notably Uber and Lyft. With these updated fines, everyone should get the message loud and clear that Regina is closed to high-tech ride services right down to the low tech thumbing of rides.

By the time we catch up to the rest of the continent, we’ll be so far behind the times, we’ll think we’re ahead.

Switching gears from satire to serious, I think this Bylaw encourages my fellow citizens to show a lack of human decency to their fellow people. If someone is rich enough they can pay to solicit from a roadside with a large sign, but if someone tries to hold a cardboard sign there to have enough for bus fare or a meal (or even to oppose political incumbents), they’ll be harassed by police.

Some of this bylaw is in fact targeted at poor people, or temporary guests in our city. It would be ridiculous for police to enforce the hitchhiking bylaw, and if they do it will unjustly target people poorer than you or I.

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In regards to the Traffic Bylaw being discussed at Council on Monday, I’d like to note that I think Wascana Parkway should be 50km/h limited at the intersections of Kramer Blvd, and also University Dr. North. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pedestrian crossings at these intersections each day, and the 70km/h limit is not putting pedestrian safety first. The speed limit being too high is also causing problems in serving the area’s residents with better Regina Transit bus stop locations.

ADDED:
The City contacted me Tuesday morning to note that they are likely going ahead with the bus stop install before September this year!

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