Today's letters: Water bills, cycling safety, electric buses

By Andrée Champagne and Jorge Sorger, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2019

(...)Some safety tips for cyclists

Everyone wishes to have safer roads for all users of the road: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. But I have yet to see many cyclists say what they intend to do to protect themselves. Here are a few thoughts:

• A stop sign is not a suggestion. It means that you must stop, check if the coast is clear, then proceed. Do not blindly barrel through the intersection.

(...)Why electric buses are a good idea

Re: Transpo wants to buy electric buses without having a trial run, June 20.

In order to meet our climate change mitigation targets, Ottawa is considering changing over to electric-powered buses. This is a good choice for the following reasons: 1) compressed natural gas-powered vehicles produce fewer greenhouse gases than gas-powered ones, but they still produce the CO2 and N2O that are greenhouse gases, and NO2, which is toxic; 2) hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles don’t produce many greenhouse gases, but hydrogen is explosive so if there are leaks in the system, there is danger; 3) What is the point of buying cheaper buses now only to replace them later with electric ones that do not produce greenhouse gases or toxic pollutants?

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