Traffic, transit and snow top issues at Saskatoon meeting

Aggressive drivers, traffic congestion, inadequate transit, and snow removal were some of the biggest concerns expressed by some Saskatoon residents at a town hall meeting on Monday night.

Hot button issues raised at town hall meeting

Nearly 100 people shared their opinions with Mayor Don Atchison and Ward 7 Councillor Mairin Loewen at a town hall meeting. (Peter Mills/CBC)

Aggressive drivers, traffic congestion, inadequate transit and snow removal were some of the biggest concerns expressed by some Saskatoon residents at a town hall meeting on Monday night.

Nearly 100 people showed up to share their opinions with Mayor Don Atchison and Ward 7 Councillor Mairin Loewen.

Traffic a hot button

Al Reichert said he is concerned about a variety of traffic problems in the city.

"Traffic is getting heavier. People aren't as polite as they used to be," Reichert said. "That's not going to change. It's happening throughout the province. It's happening in Saskatoon. We have to start thinking outside the box."

People aren't as polite as they used to be.- Al Reichert

Reichert asked Mayor Atchison and Councillor Loewen about future plans to bring an LRT to the city. Reichert said he doesn't expect to see one in the city in his lifetime, but wants to know that the city is planning for one.

Todd Lyons stepped up to the microphone to express his concerns about biking in the winter.

Biking in the winter

"In the winter, you've got to choose the routes that you can bike through the easiest and those tends to be the routes that there's also more cars travelling on," Lyons said. "I just think that if the city is going to have routes that they've declared a dedicated bike route that they should maybe be doing a better job of making sure that the snow is cleared."

During the meeting, Mayor Atchison said he was confident that snow removal service would be better this year than it was in 2012.

Residents in Saskatoon have another chance to have their say Tuesday night. Mayor Atchison and Ward 1 Councillor Darren Hill will meet with residents at SIAST Kelsey Campus at 7 p.m. CST. It is the final town hall meeting in Saskatoon this year.

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