Last September I had the good fortune to meet John Z Wetmore of Perils for Pedestrians, seen in over 150 cities on TV.
Cycling, and pedestrian advocates will mostly find it interesting, and there are great scenery shots of our city throughout the ending of the program.
I appear 22 minutes into this broadcast.
In 5-10 years, I think we could easily build a bike network of the sort Calgary has. Pedestrians should have curb cuts at every intersection, and all construction intersections should have accessibility accommodations.
We’ll have to offer Service Regina our support of bus service to the Airport. The online survey Regina Transit has set up isn’t as useful as it should be, because they don’t list the obvious Airport Route as an option! There’s also the budget suggestion page where you can increase Transit’s budget as they need.
The Mayor is still confused about the need for a Regina Transit bus to go to the Regina Airport.
“We know there are employees that go out there, and certainly does that warrant having a bus system that goes out there continuously? We don’t know that.”
Councillor Hawkins: “I do support Transit going to the Airport, but we have to do it in the right way… [we] don’t want to run empty buses.”
Mayor wants “a business case made”.
It’s the Design Regina Official Community Plan. Follow it!
Otherwise we’re left with people unfamiliar with Regina following my terrifying example:
Regina is lucky to have an International Airport located within its city limits. Cab rides to downtown from stepping off the plane cost no more than about $15C, compared to the $50 seen in major centres around the continent. What we are unlucky to have, is a complacent City Hall with no plan to provide active transportation options to the airport in the immediate future. The Airport, to its credit, has built a walkway to the edge of its property, but the City refuses to even budget to close the sidewalk gap. There is still no $3.25 Regina Transit bus to the airport or businesses west of Lewvan Dr. There’s no Uber or Lyft in sight.
How bad is it right now to take the bus then walk? It was +2 to +6C on Friday. Take a look, as I step off the #9 bus* (not the closest stop, but the most convenient for me to step onto on this particular day) at Elphinstone St. and Regina Ave. I was pulling two small rolling suitcases and a backpack, for additional hilarity and amusement.
*Do not try this at home, I’m a professional puddle jumper. 😉
There was one person walking the other direction, while I was leaving the bridge and entering the pathway.
Give us a sidewalk?
Give us a sidewalk.
It’s a medium priority.
Give us a sidewalk!
Sometime in the future.
Give us a sidewalk, a cycle track, bus route, and safe streets!
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A careless, criminal driver left a man on a road to die, in Regina.
Watch Global Regina tonight for an interview with my thoughts on this tragedy, and what the City should do to prevent it from happening to anyone again.
UPDATE: Global didn’t include my comments about what the City must do to prevent deaths. A 30km/h speed limit would slash fatalities in the range of 90%. Improved, separated cycling and walking infrastructure everywhere (but first on major and recently deadly streets like Ross Ave. and Victoria Ave.) would help a lot. It’s possible to aim for 0 traffic related fatalities, and we should set that as our vision and start passing bylaws to meet it.
If streets are made safe enough that parents can comfortably let their children bike to anywhere in the city, we’ll have succeeded in improving our infrastructure.
(Side note: It’s always disappointing when I speak with the media for ~10 minutes, and 15 seconds is all they can/bother to include. I guess Luke made one of my points about infrastructure lacking, but it’s irritating that visibility of cyclists was covered as an angle in this story, when the critical factor was a law requiring the cyclist to use a street where they could be AND WERE run over by a motorist. Lighting would have played less of a role if the car had had automatic braking installed, or the driver had been required to drive at 30km/h so they might have reacted to the slower moving cyclist.)
Update: police are looking for a white damaged F-150 Ford truck.
UPDATE: Police have charged a man with leaving the scene of an accident [sic]. The Act should be updated to include “scene of a fatal collision” with conviction resulting in a sentence similar to that of dangerous driving causing death.
Police spokesperson Les Parker said it was late at night when Gallon was hit and he was wearing dark clothing.
He said there is no evidence of dangerous driving at this time.