Electric Buses Overdue in Regina

Years ago there was an electric bus in Regina. It was on a cross country tour. It stopped in Saskatoon, and in Alberta too. An Albertan city ordered some. The Canadian government put up millions of dollars for Regina to build a new bus barn that could accomodate electric buses. Has it happened yet? No.


BYD is a big deal.

Saskatoon is about to lap us.

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?

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:

Save STC – SaskParty Ending Rural Transportation System

In a shocking turn of events, it’s been left to the NDP to defend the interests of people in rural Saskatchewan. This is something that would not have been predicted ten years ago, when the NDP name was mud outside of Regina and Saskatoon for having closed hospitals and schools in many small communities. Now, the SaskParty government is selling off STC’s assets to private companies, destroying a critical transportation infrastructure that has been in place for 70 years.

About 200 people gathered over lunch hour in Regina at the new STC Bus terminal, to tell the government to stop the closure. Guest speakers include City Councillor Andrew Stevens. Andrew was on the Morning Edition to explain the ridiculous cuts to the Cities.

Move To Saskatoon?

George C. Sharpe of Regina writes to the Leader Post:

Regina is at least three steps behind similar-sized cities such as Saskatoon.

For example: There is still no transit service to Regina International Airport in spite of pleas and requests from the airport authority. (It is much like having bus service denied to an entire neighbourhood.)

No ban on smoking on outdoor patios. Saskatoon has been doing this for 10 years.

Still no bylaw making it mandatory for all Regina residents and businesses to clear their sidewalks after each snowfall.

The first snarky response to his letter from the public?

“So, move to Saskatoon then.”

That’s a bad attitude, and possibly why Saskatoon is ahead of us. If everyone who wants those common sense improvements is told to “Move to Saskatoon”, Regina will continue to be left behind. I’ve tried pressuring the Mayor and Council to reinstate bus service to the Airport for years, but it won’t happen without greater public support for my George’s and my position on improving Transit.

CBC’s Unfair Election Coverage

Letter to CBC:

Dear CBC Saskatoon,
I’m extremely displeased with your unfair coverage this morning, which intentionally excluded a candidate from Saskatoon Grasswood. This runs counter to CBC’s decision to invite the Green Party leader Elizabeth May to the Consortium debate this election. It also is contrary to the decency shown the Conservative candidate, who was invited but refused to even initially respond.

A public broadcaster should strive to be more fair, and offer equal unpaid time to political candidates, even if you happen to disagree with their ideas, their party, or their chances of becoming elected. If the likelihood of being elected was the deciding factor, why was the Liberal candidate invited?

If your technology constrains having more than 2 guests on the air simultaneously, perhaps an upgrade should be considered, or an alternate style of presenting the candidates individually as The National did last week. If time was the constraint, please reconsider what’s more important news than the discussion of platform ideas by local candidates during an election campaign.

John Klein

Why Do We Hurt Ourselves With Cars?

Jordon Cooper makes a good effort to explain the psychology behind why people still choose to drive over using active transportation methods. Unfortunately, we know the reality of the costs of driving are much higher than dollars and a less healthy waist line.

Until driving becomes too expensive (another oil shock), too slow (traffic gridlock) or the personal cost of taking transit declines because transit service has become a lot better, people will keep driving.

Cities across the world have all learned the same thing. You need to invest in a world-class transit system first before lots of people begin to use it.

Like other cities that have made this happen, Saskatoon will need provincial and federal funding. The incremental upgrades the city is doing are nice, but they won’t change the underlying problem. Transit currently costs a person more than driving does.

While smog gets a mention in his column, climate change doesn’t come up once. Maybe it’ll turn off too many people who’d read it otherwise. More human psychology to deal with, right? That’s probably why the Conservatives’ budget never mentions climate change either (that, or the Cons permanently have their heads up their oily big gas).

So given the fact that not dealing with climate change is leaving human civilization on the road to likely ruin, and condemning countless species to early extinction, what’s the true economic cost of driving versus mass transit? Economists have trouble with that question, for the most part.

And on the subject of the cost of cars and transportation, and death, why aren’t there automated braking systems in all semi trucks? 3 teens died this past weekend because they were rear-ended by a semi when stopped for construction. The 4 people who would have been saved by the cost of installing such a braking system in every Saskatchewan truck, would have probably “paid” for it all.