Taxi’s to drive-thru’s
June 19, 2008
Idling at one of the 150 Tim Horton’s drive-thrus in London, it is said, contributes to poor air quality. There is a movement to ban drive-thrus. There is an argument that drive-thrus are great for the handicapped and elderly who find it difficult to get out of cars. Well, I guess they didn’t find it too difficult to get into the car.
Yet handicapped persons, some argue, would be well served by adding nine more accessible cabs to the present fleet of nine.
Jamie Donnelly of Aboutown, one of London’s two main cab companies, told the committee he thinks the city needs three new such cabs, but adding nine won’t do undue harm to the industry.
“That would not do it,” [Roger Khouri] said, using a much smaller area city as an example of how to handle the issue.
“Woodstock has eight accessible cabs — with a population of 36,000. That’s absolutely phenomenal.”
Coun. Walter Lonc has studied how Ottawa handles accessible cabs: That city has 185, so, given that ratio, a city of London’s size should have about 73, he said.
Doesn’t this suggest that London is well served in terms of handicapped access to drive-thru coffee?