Graham_M

Graham_M

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1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 2 replies · +1 points

Can we wait until motorists have paid for all of their special provisions first?

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 1 reply · +1 points

I think there's room for compromise. If I'd pulled over every time I had a car behind me I'd still be driving a tractor somewhere in the NE of Scotland.

Hills are character-building. I survived Edinburgh and Inverness. After that, the rest of the world is pretty easy.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 3 replies · +1 points

Maybe you should try cycling once in a while.

If it's a narrow route it's probably not safe to overtake in any case.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 0 replies · +1 points

The law in The Netherlands works pretty well. The bigger the vehicle you drive the more responsibility you bear.

The major difference being it is pretty difficult to kill someone as a cyclist. The paucity of examples alone makes it headline news but overal cyclists cause deaths on average of zero to one times per year in the UK. Most years there are somewhere around 550 pedestrians and cyclists killed each year.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 0 replies · +1 points

If the writer had an accident with a careless car driver she might well not be around to comment on it. Freaknomics did an entire podcast on why killing someone with a car is the perfect crime. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-perfect-crim...

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'd be willing to hazard a few guesses, despite not being the OP. I've lived, worked and commuted (usually by bicycle or public transport) in the following locations: Edinburgh, Inverness, rural Morayshire, London (pre-Boris cycle-infra), New York and The Hague. I've also owned a car in all bar Edinburgh. Longest regular commute by bike was 9 miles in London.

Quick run through on benefits:

Better public health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2937...

Better for local businesses: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dot-eco...

Decrease in traffic leading to better commutes for car users. http://h2020-flow.eu/uploads/tx_news/FLOW_REPORT_...

Improved air quality, though needs to be combined with other measures. https://ecf.com/files/150119-Cycling-and-Urban-Ai...

Happier Children: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/06/dutch-parenting-s... Better cycling infra means kids can be more independent earlier - my eleven year old can safely cycle 4 miles each way to football training, school, camp in the summer.

Most urban areas in the UK could benefit from an increase in cycling I would suspect. If it was combined with a reduction in out-of-centre shopping centres and other planning changes it could help aid the high-street revival.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Judy Terry: The increa... · 1 reply · +1 points

Possibly the stupidest article I've ever had the misfortune to read on this site, and I've read articles written by Darren Grimes.

If one wanted to kill off any increase in cycling in the UK, this would be the way to do it. Virtually every measure mentioned is, if not deliberately, coincidentally designed to make cycling less attractive to anyone considering taking it up.

Before writing an article on cycling possibly the author should spend a little time on a bicycle in a few locations, I'd suggest London, (preferably pre-Boris improvements), Copenhagen, Amsterdam and a couple of smaller villages in The Netherlands.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Cook: Watch Gove'... · 0 replies · +1 points

A random group of people who are now the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Leader of the House amongst others.

With a Prime Minister who has made a habit of lying in both public and private life we should expect no better.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Cook: Watch Gove'... · 0 replies · +1 points

There are a fraction over four thousand full-time fisherman in Scotland. Walkers Shortbread alone employs four thousand people. The whisky industry employs over 10,000, mostly in rural areas. If we save fishing and make other exports less competitive how well do you think Scotland will do in Conservative Brexit Britain?

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Cook: Watch Gove'... · 2 replies · +1 points

What's the point? Just print some random crap on the side of a bus, ignore reality and geography, break all the promises made in the campaign and crack on with it.