Order in: Red Deer residents chose Uber, Skip the Dishes during deep freeze

Red Deer’s public transit service saw decline in usage during January’s cold snap

When it gets really cold, like it did last week in Red Deer, people choose to stay indoors and order in.

That’s a Canada-wide trend, said a spokesperson for the food delivery system Skip the Dishes, and Red Deerians chose to do the same thing during the recent deep freeze, when temperatures plummeted to -30 C and below.

The top three most popular food items ordered last week in Red Deer were McDoubles, Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers and chicken wraps.

Milkshakes, which were one of 2019’s most ordered items, didn’t make the list last week.

Skip the Dishes experienced an approximate 12 per cent spike in orders last week compared to the previous week.

Uber in Red Deer also experienced an increase in usage during the deep freeze, a boost of more than 20 per cent from the week prior.

Michael van Hemmen, head of Western Canada for Uber, said there are seasonal spikes to the business, but the recent increase is directly attributable to weather conditions.

“We continue to see increased interest from riders and drivers. From riders to get an affordable ride, and from drivers to make money that’s important to them and their families in Red Deer,” van Hemmen said.

The spikes are especially noticeable when bars are closing and during rush hours – when people are going to work or getting off work – “and the cold weather just amplifies that.”

Uber is always looking to partner with drivers, said van Hemmen, adding the company is working with Red Deer city council on new regulations the city is considering for companies such as Uber and Lyft.

While Skip the Dishes and Uber witnessed an increase in business during the deep freeze, Red Deer public transit service saw a decline.

Transit manager George Penny said the decrease in ridership when it gets “really cold,” say, -35 C and below, is normal and has happened in the past.

People choose to stay indoors. Students choose not to go to classes and some people choose to work from home during bitter cold temperatures. That’s a trend Penny has seen at other transit agencies.

“When I was with Calgary Transit, it was the same thing.”

“People who only use transit cut their shopping down, and everything else,” said Penny. “So it’s actually normally down when it’s really cold.”

The decline in ridership last week was around 30 per cent.

This week, ridership is back up to normal levels, Penny added.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta doctors getting ready for court fight against new pay, benefits deal

EDMONTON — The head of the Alberta Medical Association says it’s preparing… Continue reading

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

All eyes are on Canadian police forces now that Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading

Ontario Tories hold annual policy convention amid union protests

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Labour activists plan to hold a demonstration outside… Continue reading

SARS lessons help Canada prep for COVID-19, but hospital capacity a worry

OTTAWA — Canadian medical experts say the country’s already overstretched emergency rooms… Continue reading

Teachers condemn government’s actions towards doctors

“That they should be treated with such contempt is deeply disturbing”

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Saskatchewan’s chief coroner warns public after fatal drug overdoses in Regina

REGINA — Two deaths and dozens of drug overdoses in Regina have… Continue reading

A champion, again: Humphries wins 3rd women’s bobsled title

Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. is a bobsled champion again, winning her… Continue reading

Canada’s Kingsbury finishes first in moguls for 62nd World Cup victory

TAZAWAKO, Japan — Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury earned his 62nd World Cup victory… Continue reading

Cruise-ship evacuees arrive for quarantine in Canada as first Wuhan evacuees let go

OTTAWA — A plane carrying 129 Canadians and their families who have… Continue reading

Trudeau says rail blockades have to end

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday indigenous barricades that are… Continue reading

HIV-themed ‘Friends’ edit pulled after copyright claim from Warner Bros.

TORONTO — A Toronto-based HIV-AIDS hospital has pulled an edited “Friends” episode… Continue reading

Spurgeon records hat trick to lead Wild to 5-3 victory over Oilers

Wild 5 Oilers 3 EDMONTON — Jared Spurgeon scored three goals as… Continue reading

Most Read