With regards to Steve Mantle’s letter about pets being allowed to ride the bus, I think he brings up a very good point: Pets are very important to some people and if they do not have access to a vehicle and need to transport them, the bus is a great way to do so.
That is why he supports this pilot project.
I agree that this is one of the great ideas council has been pursuing, but I would like to take that even further.
City council is also in the process of carrying out a pilot project allowing residents of Red Deer to have small chicken coops in their backyard. Raising your own food is very important to some people, and if they do not live on or are able to afford a farm, a small coop in your backyard is a great way to do so.
May I be so bold as to carry this one step further? Another pilot project city council pursued was bike lanes. Cycling safely to and from work or recreational activities is very important to some people and their families, and bike lanes are a great way to ensure safety of cyclists and motorists alike. Not only that, but some people choose to ride for financial, health or environmental reasons.
Even if you don’t personally ride a bike, want to raise your own chickens or need to transport your pet to the vet on the bus, do you deny those services to others just because you wouldn’t use them yourself?
I would like to applaud our city council for all the great work they have done for the citizens of Red Deer. They have done a wonderful job in representing the needs of all people of Red Deer.