Adrienne Beattie

Hybrids gaining steam

It looks like Calgary Transit is toying with the idea of adding a hybrid bus to its fleet. The idea, while it would cut emissions and reduce fuel costs, has been tossed around a few times before though, so I’m not getting my hopes up.Calgary Transit spokesman Ron Collins recently said a contract...

Monday, June 28, 2010, 5:33 AM

Pedal away those barriers to cycling

I wrote about cycling for the commuter challenge and mentioned my wariness about cycling on city streets. A reader responded, challenged my fears and suggested I write a follow-up piece geared towards newbie cyclists: Here it is. It’s almost July, meaning we’re probably snow-free for a few months...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 2:30 PM

Slashing transit budget a short-sighted solution

Some Calgary Transit riders will face reduced or eliminated service this month. A progressive city should be growing its public transit, not reducing it — but we did ask for this in a roundabout way when we demanded lower property taxes. I get it — I don’t like paying taxes, my budget is tight and...

Monday, June 7, 2010, 2:30 PM

E-bikes could meet the commuter challenge

This week, Canadians are being asked to get to work without driving solo. My commute is a little more than 40-kilometre round trip — an inconvenient haul on transit, too far to cycle and I can’t find anyone committed to carpooling. So I called the folks at Green City Motors, got hooked up with an...

Monday, May 31, 2010, 2:30 PM

We need leadership to shift our attitudes

It’s been almost a month since BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, causing an estimated 790,000 to four million litres of oil to gush into the water each day since. Some have suggested a moratorium be placed on offshore development. The problem is, we can’t ease up...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 2:30 PM

Déjà vu all over again on transit announcments

You can imagine my surprise after reading a news release Friday that stated the city would be acknowledging a $270-million boost for Calgary Transit infrastructure, only to find out the money was already announced last year. Indeed, MP Jim Prentice, MLA Jonathan Denis, and Mayor Dave Bronconnier...

Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:30 AM

When it comes to transit, the kids aren't alright

The results are in and Calgary’s youth have given our city an abysmal grade for transportation. They also list “better transportation” as the No. 1 change that would improve their quality of life. The kids have pointed out the obvious and I’m sure most of us adults would say the same thing. Better...

Monday, May 3, 2010, 10:30 AM

Calgarians urged to Limit Your Speed

I was driving along Elbow Drive the other day when I got accosted by an electronic sign telling me to slow down. I hadn’t realized I was going almost 10 kilometres faster than the posted speed limit. I must not be the only one with a heavy foot because the Limit Your Speed campaign has located 14...

Monday, April 26, 2010, 10:30 AM

Bill 16 — better late than never

You’ve probably done it before. I have. But if Bill 16 passes we’re not going to be able to do it anymore (and that’s probably a good thing). The long-awaited distracted driver legislation introduced this month applies to all vehicles and would ban drivers from a long list of sidetracking...

Monday, April 19, 2010, 5:30 AM

That’s a lot of hot air

Shame, shame Calgary. A recent UN report exposed our city as the fifth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, with each of us sending a whopping 17.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our sprawling ways and car addiction share some of the blame.To be fair, the...

Monday, April 12, 2010, 5:30 AM

Hiring more officers only part of the solution

City hall officials are trying to drum up about $1.3 million to hire 12 new transit officers. Better policing is just part of the solution to transit safety issues though — if the money can even be found. A 130-page transit safety audit from February 2009 found Calgary has one transit officer for...

Monday, April 5, 2010, 1:30 PM

Put the cool back into carpooling

I made a resolution at the beginning of this year — to drive less. And so I’ve jumped on the carpooling wagon. With a few incentives, I think more commuters might jump on, too.Carpooling gained status around the time of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. A recent ABC report showed carpooling has more or...

Monday, March 29, 2010, 5:59 AM

Time to pay up on city cycling plans

A commuter bike review has council’s approval with a comprehensive bicycling strategy set to be presented to the land-use, transportation and planning committee by June. Another paper plan isn’t going to address either inadequate cycling infrastructure or pathway safety concerns though. The kind of...

Monday, March 22, 2010, 1:30 PM

While optimism is good, let's not declare winter's end yet

Facebook is abuzz with optimistic Calgarians chirping about the signs of spring; one of my friends even removed his winter tires, reinstalling the all-seasons; and I’ve seen a few sets of pasty white legs strolling along Calgary’s streets. As a native Calgarian, I’d like to remind you all — keep...

Monday, March 15, 2010, 1:30 PM

Bronconnier's transportation legacy

Mayor Dave Bronconnier’s recent announcement that he won’t be seeking a fourth term inspired me to reflect on the direction he’s taken transportation in our city. Elected in 2001 on a platform to “move Calgary forward,” Bronconnier set out to address infrastructure deficits. Admittedly, he’s...

Monday, March 8, 2010, 1:30 PM

Transit should be improved, not cut

By the end of this month, we’ll know which inner city bus routes will be shortened, altered or eliminated. There are a few on the chopping block since city council mandated 21,500 hours of service be cut, but with a growing population cutting transit service doesn’t make sense.While our population...

Monday, March 1, 2010, 6:13 AM

We shouldn't hold our breath on Green TRIP funding

In its budget announcement earlier this month, the province promised $70 million would finally be paid from the highly touted Green Transit Incentives Program (Green TRIP), but after breaking similar promises since Green TRIP was first unveiled in July 2008, I don’t think we should hold our breath...

Monday, February 22, 2010, 1:30 PM

A-OK rapid transit for SW

Last week council endorsed Ald. Brian Pincott’s proposal that would see a rapid-bus system make public transit a viable solution for Calgarians living in the southwest. With costs for the system tagged at less than a single interchange, here’s hoping this brainchild gets adopted.The problem for...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 10:38 AM

A-OK rapid transit for SW

Last week council endorsed Ald. Brian Pincott’s proposal that would see a rapid-bus system make public transit a viable solution for Calgarians living in the southwest. With costs for the system tagged at less than a single interchange, here’s hoping this brainchild gets adopted.The problem for...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 10:38 AM

Outrage over airport tunnel funding is misplaced

Outrage followed when the federal and provincial governments recently announced they will not pay almost $200 million for the airport tunnel proposed to link 96th Ave. N.E. to Airport Trail, but the outrage is misdirected. Assuming the estimated $287-394-million tunnel is even needed, the only...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 10:44 AM