Second season of e-scooter pilot program to start with lower minimum rider age
Earlier this month, Red Deer City Council reviewed feedback gathered on the first season of the e-scooter pilot project in Red Deer. As a part of that review, Council asked for more information to come back on the possibility of reducing the minimum age of riders from 18 to either 16 or 14.
Based on observations and feedback gathered after the first season of the pilot program, The City became aware that minors frequently used e-scooters. The City found no evidence of increased injuries or harm to underage riders 16 to 18 years old, based on data or information from pilots in Red Deer or other Albertan municipalities.
Council approved second and third reading of an amendment to the Traffic Bylaw to modify the minimum age to 16 instead of the previous minimum age of 18. Making this change allows users who were likely already using e-scooters to continue to without risk of violating the bylaw or e-scooter company rules.
The Traffic Bylaw amendments approved by Council today also include amendments for enforcement tools to help gain greater compliance with e-scooter usage. Council also gave first, second and third reading to an amendment of the Business Licence Bylaw to coincide with the Traffic Bylaw amendments.
Bus fares and transit fees rising next month: City of Red Deer
Increase to fees and fares, effective September 1
“Like every business, our operating costs have increased and in order to maintain our current levels of service for our riders we had to consider increasing our bus fares,” said Jeremy Bouw, Manager, Transit & Fleet Services. “This year we have seen our ridership slowly increasing and we want to keep that trend moving upward by maintaining our transit services and continuing to attract new riders.”
As of September 1, the following rates will be applied to Transit services:
- Cash Fares
- Adult (18-64 years) – $3
- Youth (6-17 years) / Student / Senior – $2.50
- 12 Ride Pass
- Adult – $33
- Youth / Student / Senior – $27.50
- Unlimited Ride (Monthly Pass)
- Adult – $75
- Senior – $62
- Student – $62
MyRide, The City’s electronic bus pass, is available for purchase at Transit Customer Service in Sorensen Station or at City Hall. MyRide can be conveniently reloaded with the fare type of your choice in 12 ride bundles or unlimited monthly passes at Transit Customer Service, City Hall or one of the seven reload stations located throughout the community.
As of September 1, the following recreation services will experience rate changes:
- Daily admission at the Collicutt Centre, Recreation Centre, Michener Centre, Servus Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas and Setters Place at Great Chief Park
- Monthly Recreation All Access Passes and Recreation Value Passes*
- 10 punch passes at the above-mentioned facilities
- Group admission fees at the above-mentioned facilities
- Childminding fees at the Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe Community Centre
- Facility rental fees
* The Recreation Plus Pass fee was adjusted with the opening of the newly expanded G.H. Dawe Community Centre in February, and will not receive another adjustment in September.
“Our intent is always to provide as much access to recreation as possible, while managing increased costs, staffing levels and maintenance demands,” says Tammy Greba, acting Recreation Superintendent. She continues, “as a demonstration of this, we continue to offer the Fee Assistance Program to those needing financial help accessing City Arts and Recreation programs and services.”
For more information on fees and fares visit:
City welcoming evacuees from Northwest Territories
A reception centre will be ready at noon on Thursday, August 17 at the GH Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street).
People arriving in Red Deer from the Northwest Territories are asked to register at the GH Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street). Additional supports for evacuees are available including assistance for lodging, meals, medical and pet care.
The GH Dawe Community Centre remains open to the public and all recreation activities are running as scheduled.
People looking to support evacuees can do so by donating to the Canadian Red Cross or Central Alberta Humane Society (to support evacuees with pets). Both these organizations are accepting monetary donations only.
- To donate to the Red Cross: Donations can be made either online at www.redcross.ca or at the local Red Cross Office (105 – 5301 43 Street).
- To donate to the Central Alberta Humane Society: https://cahumane.com/
More information on The City’s response is available at reddeer.ca/evacuees
Information for Evacuees:
- People arriving in Red Deer from the Northwest Territories are asked to register at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street).
- If you or anyone you’re evacuating with require additional supports (meals, medical, lodging, pet care) staff are available to support at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.
- Evacuees will receive free transit and recreation passes. More information is available at the Reception Centre (G.H. Dawe Community Centre).
Information for Residents:
- The G.H. Dawe Community Centre remains open, with programming not impacted at this time.
- While we greatly appreciate our community’s desire to help, the best way to help is by donating to the Canadian Red Cross or Central Alberta Humane Society (to support people with pets). Both these organizations are accepting monetary donations only to support evacuees.
- Organizations looking to support can email [email protected]
For the latest wildfire information, visit https://www.gov.nt.ca/ecc/en/services/wildfire-update
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