Adrienne Beattie

More snow removal suggestions

It’s taken 15 blown budgets in the past 20 years and a record-breaking season of complaints about winter driving conditions for council to send our snow removal program back to the drawing board. I wonder if we will ever have the mindset to get it right.Ald. Brian Pincott, chair of the city’s audit...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 10:44 AM

Violence on transit becomes a growing concern

Navigating the streets of our ever-growing city, blazing trails through a fresh dump of snow or attempting a merge amongst anxious rush hour drivers might not be the most pressing concerns of transit drivers these days. Finishing a shift unscathed, on the other hand, could be. On Jan. 5, a Calgary...

Monday, January 25, 2010, 1:30 PM

Is all this surveillance making us safer?

Take a walk in the city or ride public transit and you can expect to be caught on camera. Gradually, we’re trading off our privacy for the sense of security provided by surveillance cameras, but according to a report out Friday, it’s a false sense of security. The report, published by Queen’s...

Monday, January 18, 2010, 1:30 PM

Snowy, slippery sidewalks spur flurry of tickets

First it was complaints about snowy, slippery roads. Now it’s a record number of complaints about snowy, slippery sidewalks. It seems this winter, more than any other, has angered Calgarians. Bylaw officers have been bombarded with a record 3,460 complaints in the past month about sidewalks not...

Monday, January 11, 2010, 1:30 PM

Resolve to reap the rewards of driving less

You could resolve to lose weight, get fit, reduce debt or knock off all three by decreasing your time in the driver’s seat this year. That’s one of my resolutions — to drive less. My motivation for driving less is to reduce my contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Vehicles account for...

Monday, January 4, 2010, 1:30 PM

Time for sloppy winter drivers to get their act together

Regardless of how good we’ve been, in his travels through Calgary, Santa won’t be delivering a comprehensive snow clearing program — not this year. In fact, we’re probably a long way from the kind of overhaul most drivers want to see, so we would be wise to up our game in the interim. Council has...

Monday, December 21, 2009, 1:30 PM

A Calgary pedestrian's list of pet peeves

I walk a lot. I walk to the dog park, through the dog park, along the pathways, on the sidewalks, to the mailbox, to the store, to the train, in the north, in the south, through the rain, through the cold, at dawn, at dusk, when I’m sick and when I’m well. I walk enough to have a long list of...

Monday, December 7, 2009, 1:30 PM

Transit fares should reflect its service

As you prepare to pay more to ride transit next year, be sure to remember we’ll be losing 21,500 service hours, we won’t be getting any new peace officers and parking fees at LRT lots won’t be reduced. Council has decided there won’t be any fee to park at bus rapid-transit lots though — a small...

Monday, November 30, 2009, 10:46 AM

We need to mark a better path for cyclists

Earlier this month, a Calgary cyclist was sent to hospital in critical life-threatening condition when an SUV took a left turn in front of him, causing a collision. It was around this time when I noticed an addition to a road I frequent — large, stencilled bicycles painted on the road. The road...

Monday, November 23, 2009, 10:46 AM

Perhaps we should rethink spending on roads

I’m not an accountant and I’m no math wizard, but I’ve noticed some pretty big numbers being thrown around lately – spending on roads amidst talk of cutting services I’m hoping most consider important. Sure, the money’s all coming from separate budgets, different logic is applied to each decision...

Monday, November 16, 2009, 10:46 AM

West LRT has leg up on ring road

Last week’s comments by Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette about a road being “world class” got me thinking about what kinds of transportation projects make the most impact. I’m afraid I disagree with the minister — roads don’t make the cut, their alternatives do.The minister’s comments...

Monday, November 9, 2009, 10:46 AM

There are better ways to spend $300K

The recent axing of our city’s 2017 World Expo bid followed by Mayor Dave Bronconnier’s clever bait and switch to a previously unknown “West Village” redevelopment concept has left me dizzy.Amidst Bronconnier’s assurances, council’s infighting and a huge new concept being thrown at us, it’s hard to...

Friday, November 6, 2009, 11:18 AM

Park the SUV idea, a car will probably do

It surprises me how many of my single female friends either own or want to own SUVs. In all cases, they tell me it’s for better handling in the mountains and a safer drive in the winter — completely inaccurate, yet widespread notions. SUVs, in fact, offer little more than a slightly elevated ride...

Monday, November 2, 2009, 11:19 AM

Electronic pay options a ‘smart’ proposal

Calgary Transit may be getting in line with what most other public transit operators in North America are already doing — offering electronic fare payment options. Hopefully, this move will spur other payment options, too.Calgary Transit spokesperson Ron Collins says customers have been saying they...

Monday, October 26, 2009, 10:55 AM

Snow removal funds are not justified

Prior to the year’s first snowfall, talk of a cash injection for city snow clearing had already begun. After last week’s storm, the mayor, whose 15-minute commute turned into an hour, announced he would be urging council to throw an extra few million dollars towards snow removal, explaining “the...

Monday, October 19, 2009, 10:38 AM

Plan It far from ‘pie-in-the-sky, utopian’ plan

All that is wrong with our city was demonstrated in the Plan It process which wrapped up last Monday. The 60-year growth plan received a long-awaited stamp of approval and has the potential to strategically align the economic, environmental and social interests of our city. In doing so, Plan It has...

Monday, October 5, 2009, 11:01 AM

Calgary needs a refresher on transit etiquette

Last week’s unseasonably warm temperatures got me thinking, upon disembarking the crammed, hot train, a little stickier than when I boarded.I thought, we Calgarians need a refresher on public transit etiquette. And when I say we, I mean those nose-picking, door-holding, backpack-ramming, seat-...

Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:11 AM

Going in circles can have its benefits

With the southwest ring road leg indefinitely broken, it’s refreshing to see the city has bounced back with alternate plans set for construction in the next month. To ease Glenmore Trail and 37th Street congestion, eastbound traffic will no longer be able to make a left turn onto 37th Street....

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:39 AM

Ditching your car can be enlightening

I bought my first car, a 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit, when I was 16 — it allowed me to get where I wanted to go, whenever I wanted to go there. I didn’t realize the full costs of that independence though. According to the Canadian Automobile Association, the average annual cost of operating a personal...

Monday, September 14, 2009, 11:00 AM

Southeast BRT is step in right direction

A largely ignored one-quarter of Calgarians will travel a little more efficiently starting today with the introduction of the Southeast Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. The BRT will run 118 high-capacity (articulated, accordion-like) buses that will roughly mirror the route of the future southeast...

Monday, August 31, 2009, 10:47 AM