The city is telling concerned citizens a new transit bylaw will not forbid them from singing on the bus — as long as other passengers are not disturbed.
In a release, the city stated it is developing amendments to make the intended application of the bylaw clearer, specifically part 3, which, among other things, would forbid the playing of a musical instrument, singing or staging a live musical performance on a transit bus or transit property.
"With some revised wording, we expect that the purpose of the proposed bylaw will be clearer that the intent is not to limit freedom of expression," Winnipeg Transit director Dave Wardrop said in the release.
"If a transit user is singing in a manner that is not disturbing fellow passengers or the transit operator, there is no issue," Wardrop said.
The details: Excerpt from the public transit bylaw
Prohibited conduct on transit property:
7(1) An individual must not do any of the following on or in any transit property:
(b) apply graffiti to any transit property;
(c) spit, urinate or defecate;
(d) consume an alcoholic beverage;
(e) inhale a solvent or other intoxicating inhaled substance;
(f) smoke, or carry a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, e-cigarette, or e-cigar;
(g) without the prior written permission of the Director, sell or attempt to sell any item, goods or services, including a newspaper, magazine, or merchandise;
(h) without the prior written permission of the Director, play a musical instrument or sing, offer or stage a live musical performance;
(i) occupy a position or act in a manner that interferes or likely to interfere with the safety of an operator or the safe and effective operation of the transit vehicle;
(j) carry a container of explosive, flammable or toxic material, except a cigarette lighter;
(k) carry a firearm, unless he or she is a police officer;
(l) carry a prohibited weapon or restricted weapon, as those terms are used in the Criminal Code of Canada and regulations pursuant thereto;
(m) cause a disturbance or interfere with the comfort or convenience of any other person;
(n) operate any electronic device that is designed to produce sound, including a radio, CD player, iPod, or cell phone, unless the sound from the device is conveyed to the person by a set of earphones or earbuds and does not create a disturbance or a nuisance for other passengers;
(o) use or operate any of the following:
(i) unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or push scooter;
(ii) roller skates, in-line skates or roller blades;
(iii) a skateboard;
(iv) subject to subsection (2), a motor vehicle, including an electrically-powered or battery-powered vehicle;
(p) spill or permit to be spilt any food or drink;
(q) fight or engage in a physical altercation;
(r) engage in an activity or behaviour or do anything that creates a danger to an individual including the individual engaging in the activity or behaviour;
(s) without the permission of the Director, print, write, draw, paint, scratch or etch on transit property, including the interior or exterior of a transit vehicle;
(t) without the permission of the Director, affix any advertisements, notices, words, letters, symbols, names, pictures, geometric figures, numbers, phrases, slogans, stickers or sentences upon transit property, including the interior or exterior of a transit vehicle;
(u) cause damage to any transit property.
7(2) Subclause (o)(iv) does not apply to a motorized mobility aid, as that term is defined in The Highway Traffic Act.
7(3) An individual must wear clothing covering his or her torso above and below the waist at all times while on or in transit property.