Frame grab of Coun. Glen Gower from his last day of his month-long transit challenge.
Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower’s self-imposed one-month transit challenge is over but he’s going to keep riding the bus whenever he can.Gower did the annual week-long challenge one better, taking the bus for all of February, he explained in a video posted Thursday wrapping up his experiences.“Overall, it was a pretty good experience,” he said, although he acknowledged some “very cold days” waiting for the bus on the Mackenzie King Bridge and even being late for a transit commission meeting. “Oh, the irony.”But on the best days, Gower got from his Stittsville home to city hall in 60 minutes and said that it’s simply a more efficient way to get downtown which gives him a chance to chat with people, get first-hand, daily insight for his role on the transit commission, catch up on messages and even “take the odd nap.”The experience got him back in the “bus habit” he had as a young adult, Gower said.When you have a car, you look for every excuse not to take the bus – it’s too cold, you have to pick up dinner, he noted.“When you’re in the habit of taking the bus, you find excuses – I find at least – excuses not to drive,” he said. “I’m going to keep taking the bus. It’s not something I ‘m going to stop doing because February is over.”ALSO IN THE NEWS:Ottawa Senators fire head coach Guy BoucherEmergency defib saves basketball player, 16, in collapse at Orléans schoolFire destroys popular Allium restaurant in Hintonburg