Don’t Drink and Drive: Be Safe, Plan Ahead, and Know Your Options
Stampede marks a time of celebration and merriment. The city comes alive every year with the hustle and bustle of people from all over Canada and the USA to celebrate this historical event. For many people, it’s a time to cut loose, have some fun, and enjoy the many beer and wine garden options. Last year, a whopping 46 people were charged with a DUI during Stampede. Although down from 2013, (90 convictions), that is still 46 people too many. The fact of the matter is, drinking and driving is deadly, and there is no reason why someone should purposely put other people and themselves at risk for injury or even death.
Calgary has many options to ensure Stampede-goers a safe method of travel. We have outlined them below and urge anyone planning on having some drinks to plan ahead and be smart about their travel plans.
Stampede safe transportation options:
C-Trains will be running 24 hours a day from July 2nd to July 16th:
Between 6 am to 12:45 am, trains will be running every 5 to 8 minutes, and on a 30 minute schedule outside those hours.
The Stampede Express Bus (Route 304) starts at North Pointe Terminal and has 11 stops on the way to Stampede grounds.
There will be temporary taxi stands set up on both the south and north entrances of Stampede Park. Many venues will also have temporary taxi stands set up as well.
Remember to dial #taxi or use the Checker or Associated Taxi app to see when a taxi will be available or to hail a cab.
If you live outside of the transit/bus route lines, you may want to consider finding accommodations closer to the Stampede grounds either by staying with a friend or seeking hotel accommodations. That way, it will be much easier to utilize the city's public transportation options.
A great way to ensure a safe drive home is to assign a designated driver for the night. Going to Stampede more than once? Why don’t you rotate turns with your friends for who is going to be the driver for the evening?
Keys please is a great program where you can schedule someone to drive you home in your own vehicle! For more information please visit their website: http://keysplease.net/