Guelph Transit Challenge – Week One Reflections

The first week of the Guelph Transit (GT) Challenge is over!  Here is my progress report and observations:

Progress:

  • Despite temptation, I have not used my car, asked for a ride or accepted a ride in a car.  I am 100% car-free!
  • Approximately 50% of my transportation needs have been met through Guelph Transit.  I have been a passenger on six different routes.
  • The remaining 50% of my transportation has been on foot or bicycle.

Observations (the good, the bad and the ugly):

  • drivers are friendly, helpful and professional.
  • buses have been on time, and I have made all my connections
  • planning ahead is essential!
  • comfy shoes and a good backpack are also essential
  • Guelph Central Station is desperately in need of landscaping, it is barren and crying out for greenery
  • smoking regulations are not being enforced at GCS or the University loop (including drivers setting a bad example) – it’s a turn off to non-smokers and I worry it will affect growing new ridership
  • gaps in service along Edinburgh, between Stone and College (east side) and Woolwich, between Tiffany and downtown (west side)
  • riders are very courteous to one another, offering seats to those in need, and helping with packages

Week Two is still ahead, and let’s face it, I haven’t been really challenged until I need to get somewhere in the rain.  I did manage a small load of groceries this week, but in the week ahead I need deliver a cake and buy a can of paint from Canadian Tire …. stay tuned.

LP

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4 thoughts on “Guelph Transit Challenge – Week One Reflections

  1. And then there must be the delicate science of hydration when using busses. Too little is not good but too much is NOT good!
    Good for you, Leanne – you deserve a Thumbs Up for this “Do as I Do” challenge.

  2. It would be nice for some enclosed shelters. Heard every excuse in the book for why they can’t. Now is the time, especially after two really cold winters, that we get these installed this year not next etc.

  3. Having only used the bus every once in a while, the service is generally pretty high quality and on time, however we have to agree that enclosed bus shelters are definitely needed for people who use it on a daily basis, especially with the rain and the cold winters we’ve been having. We think we may want to try this challenge ourselves in the future.

  4. We found your challenge to be inspiring for us to get rides less often and choose public transit or ride our bikes or walk. We found your tips and observations very helpful and useful for people who are planning to use Guelph public transit more often and especially those who don’t have experience with Guelph Transit.

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