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Some Lethbridge residents opt for transit, cycling as cost of driving rises

Some Lethbridge residents opt for transit, cycling as cost of driving rises

WATCH ABOVE: The cost of driving these days has seen quite the spike due, in part, to rising gas and insurance prices. Eloise Therien finds…

Wednesday, Mar 16

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WATCH ABOVE: The cost of driving these days has seen quite the spike due, in part, to rising gas and insurance prices. Eloise Therien finds out if Lethbridge residents are changing the way they commute as a result. Canadians have been dealing with higher prices at the pump in recent weeks, driving some to opt for alternate modes of transportation.

In Lethbridge specifically, many stations are sitting around 169.9 cents per litre, according to gasbuddy.com . It’s a price some residents are not fond of.

Amy Drader, who works downtown, said she has been looking to buy a car but the economics are proving to be a deterrent.

“It’s kind of pushed a lot of my plans backwards because I can’t really afford it,” she said.

The city began tracking transit usage through its cityLINK performance summary page in August. According to the system, which is updated daily, there were 3,267 average daily transit users from March 1 to 14.

According to Statistics Canada, the city’s population as of the 2021 census is 94,406.

Drader said she still plans on buying a used car this year, but the reality of the cost has pushed back those plans.“Right now, it’s way easier for me to facilitate a bus pass,” she said.When it comes to the viability of cycling to work and for other everyday commutes, the city is working on improvements.Adam St. Amant, the transportation engineer with the City of Lethbridge, said the demand for cycling options has been going up.“When we did the Cycling Master […]

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