Dogs on buses policy thinking rather selective

Elderly resident says her dog no more of an irritant than some humans

What is the purpose of a city transport system? Presumably to serve the people, to lessen traffic congestion and to save excess carbon emission.

Since arriving in Canada, I have been impressed by the regularity of the buses and the unfailing courtesy of drivers. Yet I am personally saddened by the fact that when I really need to board one – especially when carrying heavy shopping bags – I have to allow the bus to pass me by.

I have no alternate means of transport, but I do have a small dog which needs exercise. At nearly 80 years of age, I can muster strength to walk one way, but need to take a bus back.

I find my life greatly curtailed by not being able to use the public service provided as I see fit. I find the thinking very selective with respect to people’s allergies and possible dog hair sticking to men’s suits.

Humans shed hair as well and many people sneeze in public places, and thus contaminate the air. Are we to ban people from buses, too?

Perhaps we have grown too precious and too regardless of the less wealthy in our midst.

Evelyn Cresswell

Saanich

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