Today’s Letters: The future of Ottawa’s e-scooter program is bright

Wednesday, November 3: The fate of e-scooters; traffic speeds; and political television commercials. You can also write to us at letters@ottawacitizen.com

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E-scooters have a bright future in Ottawa

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Re: Ottawa’s E-scooter project reveals enforcement holes, Nov. 1.

grev. Mathieu Fleury’s article is correct: E-scooters are popular in Ottawa. There have been almost 700,000 trips on them since the pilot project started, and according to the riders’ own accounts, there are 280,000 fewer trips taken by car. But with great popularity comes responsibility.

This is why Fleury notes that Bird Canada has been the most responsive of the e-scooter companies, responding within an average of eight minutes to the 89 parking complaints received since May, when the city mandated to track this data.

While greater enforcement is welcome, especially to ensure that the rest of the e-scooter industry lives up to its promises, technology is also part of the solution. Bird Canada has demonstrated new AI-verified parking and related technologies in the Lansdowne area this year, which significantly improves the technology currently used in Ottawa. At the same time, we also believe that there is a need for fewer e-scooter companies with fewer e-scooters in Ottawa.

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With the above in place for next year, we believe a bright future for e-scooters is possible.

Stewart Lyons, CEO, Bird Canada

Can I get a refund for LRT?

At an initial estimated construction cost for LRT Stage One of $ 2.1 billion and an Ottawa population of 1,018,001, my share is $ 2,062.87 (not even including the additional $ 115 million spent).

I want my money back!

Al Grice, Ottawa

Let’s turn lead feet into cloud feet

Regarding: The council’s ordered speed limits do not have major consequences for lead-footed drivers, staff said, on 29 October.

I live in Cumberland and often drive into Ottawa. As you know, Highway 174 is undergoing major changes for LRT, and these have resulted in several lane reductions, diversions, and so on.

Where workers are present, the speed limit set is 80 km / h. But as much as I try to respect those boundaries, I’m probably one of the few motorists who does. In fact, the driver of a dumper driving well over 100 km / h honked at me last Friday as he passed.

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I understand why city councilors want to lower speed limits, but it does not help unless enforcement is involved. At the moment, drivers think the posted limits are “suggestions”, so they ignore them. A few well-placed cameras might help curb the need for speed and will not require police to stop cars, causing more traffic jams. Once drivers receive a few $ 300 + speeding fines, the lead feet can just turn into cloud feet.

Yolande Bourque, Cumberland

Stop the negative attack ads

There are seven months left until the provincial election in 2022. TV broadcast time is too expensive to waste on tiring attack commercials, so please, politicians, present policies and platforms, not negative talk.

Lin Dickson, Ottawa

Congratulations to this warm hearted valet

Re: Cold justice made hot, Oct 23rd.

Kudos to Special Const. Suzanne Kelly. She’s been dating for 25 years and this is the first time we’re reading about her? We need more people, especially cops like her, who think out of the box and reach out to make a difference.

Nona Nalley, Orleans

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