October 24, 2018

Stop the War on Cars petition delivered to Calgary Councillor

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

You might remember the very first project I took on at The Rebel. A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Calgary City Council thought that Calgarians who drove cars were too much of a threat to pedestrians and needed to be slowed down.

Under the guise of making streets safer, they decided to effectively make every residential road in Calgary a playground zone. Instead of giving individual communities the power to determine their own speed limits, or perhaps targeting problem areas, they determined that city wide stagnation is the answer.

Well, people turned out in droves to sign the petition that we started at StopTheWaronCars.ca, demanding that the city reverse their intention of slowing down Calgary.

Thousands of people signed our petition, and today, I delivered these signatures to Jeromy Farkas.

Jeromy’s office suggested that I try to catch him at his monthly town hall, today it was about the Olympic Bid, and boy did I ever underestimate how hard it would be to get a moment of his time.

This kind of crowd even Members of Parliament have a hard time pulling together!

Thank you to everyone who made this campaign a success. I promise to update you one the reaction from the powers that be! 

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commented 2018-10-25 09:38:10 -0400
Bike paths in Calgary have eliminated hundreds of parking stalls. Made it difficult for downtown businesses to bring people in to the core. Plowing bike paths for a few people that use them in winter. All this and they dont pay any road or fuel tax.
Other than rush hour the C-train and transit drive around the city all day almost empty.
commented 2018-10-25 04:16:47 -0400
If they hate cars so much, let them give up their’s first before expecting everyone else to do so.

At 30 kph, I guess they won’t be expecting anything couriered over quickly. How about having all city councillors take a bus to the opposite end of the city to personally pick up their paycheques. See how fast they change their minds about pushing public transportation for the masses.

Won’t city buses have to also go at 30 kph? If everyone goes to mass transit, will there be enough service for everyone? How much will it cost to purchase and implement an expanded network for the peons? Will it run on battery, and if so, how long will these things work in the cold of winter?
commented 2018-10-25 03:10:27 -0400
Shaking my head…could we perhaps make a time machine and send all these people who seem to have a problem with our wonderful technology back to the stone age? Taking a dump in the woods and using moss can be their new fun. Perhaps an Albertosaurus can eat them and compost them back to the land? Maybe we should make the new drivers license age 70? I wonder if we could put big balloons on bumpers and sirens on the roof to make things a little safer. I am on a roll here…Yes, lets make the max speed only 30KM/hr right from the car factory! I am feeling this. Ban all Americans. People who walk too fast and don’t smile at you. Maybe the dash can be made of ice cream in case of a crash! Great! A new public announcement system that lets you know when it is too hot to play outside. Automatic injections of calming drugs every time you leave your home? Punishing anyone who speaks their mind and doesn’t let people feel safe. Sections of the city where all cars are banned and only unicorns can be ridden. This sounds familiar? Oh yeah…its Vancouver!
commented 2018-10-24 21:25:02 -0400
It’s their government run human cattle lines that have been running people over, and today they were blaming the pedestrians, not their over priced C trains.
commented 2018-10-24 21:07:04 -0400
Can you imagine having to drive around the city at 30 kms?