City of Saskatoon
Mid-July marks the heart of the cycling season in Saskatoon but as more and more cyclists hit the road, some aren't happy with the upkeep on the city's bike lanes.
Sean Shaw is with the cycling advocacy group Saskatoon Cycles, which is now part of the City of Saskatoon Cycling Advisory Group.
"Many of the bike lanes and sharrow lanes in our city have not been repainted yet," Shaw said. "There's really a lack of awareness both for motorists and cyclists of where these exactly these lanes are because they've kind of disappeared."
A big piece of future development in Saskatoon's east end is drilling its way to completion.
The city hired contractor Michels Canada to design and bore two 1500-metre-long tunnels from College Drive and McCormand to McCormand Drive and Attridge Drive back in 2012.
The tunnels will accomodate pipes for sewage and stormwater drainage for the roughly 2500 hectare East Sector Development.
As of Tuesday, one tunnel is complete, and workers are about 120 metres into the second one, according to Michels' project manager Craig Vandaelle.
A rainy June has put some construction behind schedule in Saskatoon.
The City of Saskatoon said a few projects are one to two weeks behind, but they expect to catch up during July, August and September.
The city plans to resurface 178 lane kilometres of road in 2014 and so far have completed about 30 per cent of that.
Crews have finished 52 lane kilometres including recent projects on Circle Drive from College Drive to the Circle Drive North Bridge and on 51st Street between Faithfull Avenue and Wanukewin Road. For both of those projects, crews only worked at night.
The solution to a lack of parking downtown doesn’t need to cost us $5 million, according to Dave Denny, board chair of Saskatoon’s Downtown Partnership.
“A lot of cities will build a large parkade on one block and that will be all of their money for 10 years for parkades, but that doesn’t distribute parking all around downtown,” Denny said, adding the City of Saskatoon can get more bang for their buck by buying up a couple of floors of parking in new buildings.
It's a little bit of nature tucked into the city. One wouldn't expect to find a wetland marsh next to a Shopper's Drug Mart, but that's exactly the case in Saskatoon.
Hyde Park, part of the Rosewood neighbourhood, unveiled the first in a series of signs dictated the land's past and the importance of nature in the city.
"Isn't this great? To have nature right in the city, that we can all enjoy. We can walk it together and see the bird and other natural life out there," Mayor Don Atchison said Wednesday.
Even with federal and provincial money earmarked for a project that will include cars, a group in Saskatoon hasn’t finished lobbying for other options for the Traffic Bridge Replacement project.
It’s a four-peat for the Saskatoon Valkyries.
They easily got by the Lethbridge Steel 53-0 in Saturday’s Western Women’s Canadian Football League championship.
The Valkyries have won every championship since the league started up in 2011.
There isn't a discount for seniors at leisure centres in Saskatoon and some seniors are upset with single admission prices that are among the highest in Canada.
"When we looked at 20 cities, of the 20 cities, 19 had a senior's rate and Saskatoon didn't have one and ... its rate was almost twice as high as the average," Sylvan Katz, a senior who has been swimming regularly at the Lawson Civic Centre for 15 years, said.
Saskatoon's Canada Day fireworks show had more explosions, but a little less drama this year.
Organizers had to use smaller fireworks — which explode lower in the sky - to keep people watching from the pedestrian path on the Circle Drive South Bridge safe.
"You're not going to have one of those big bombs that go off right at the end and it just fills the sky, but I think we still had a really good show this year," said Brad Sylvester, chair of Optimist Canada Day at Saskatoon's Diefenbaker Park.