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by amaferanga
7 Dec 2019, 3:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour's plan for cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 1468

Re: Labour's plan for cycling

The solution is obvious: deal with the fundamental problem that is the profligate use of the private car. This will be politically difficult but not impossible. If car use is not restricted to a far, far higher degree then the present range of ill-effects will not only continue to exist but increas...
by amaferanga
6 Dec 2019, 11:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour's plan for cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 1468

Re: Labour's plan for cycling

Why bother when the problem is that planners get involved that are clueless and the main issue is that there's the perpetual push for segregated infra which is simply not the solution to increasing cycling on any significant level whilst not improving safety massively also! Already new and highly p...
by amaferanga
3 Dec 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22998

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Anyway it seems obvious to me at least that some people wish to penalise medical staff for getting to work,which is a sad state of affairs IMHO. If you wish the NHS to continue to be underfunded vote Tory,you won't be disappointed! Why subsidise people that choose to drive and ignore those that cyc...
by amaferanga
3 Dec 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22998

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

PWA,you're spot on. Hospital parking should be free or atleast the fee should nominal,and NHS staff should not have to pay to park their car at work,end of. It's a disgrace I'm wondering how many people on this thread have to pay to park on a works car park? Should the NHS also subsidise public tra...
by amaferanga
29 Nov 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

How can you say that TfGM are pushing cycling away when they're working on ... increasing the number of dangerous farcilities that have long characterised Manchester's complete contempt for the safety of cyclists: https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/111508/ Again, this is Local Authorities, not T...
by amaferanga
29 Nov 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

The LAs are the ones that are failing to progress Bee Network schemes. Chris Boardman and his team basically said "here's the money, here's some training for every LA on how to build high quality infrastructure, now design schemes that are up to standard and will form part of a GM network and w...
by amaferanga
28 Nov 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

How can you say that TfGM are pushing cycling away when they're working on the Bee Network? Walking and cycling schemes worth almost £500 million are being led and developed with help from TfGM. They certainly aren't perfect, but TfGM employ folk with vast experience in successfully developing cycli...
by amaferanga
18 Nov 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Who wants change (to make a nicer/safer environment)? Almost everyone raises their hand..... Great, so in order to have this change YOU need to change. Now who wants to change (their own behaviours)? Almost no-one raise their hand. "Oh I didn't realise I'd have to change. Its not me that's the ...
by amaferanga
18 Nov 2019, 7:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Of course there's not much in the way of attractive alternatives in the UK. But where there's high quality cycle or walking routes that go where people want to go, there's high use levels. With public transport, if its convenient and reasonably priced, there's high use levels. All the evidence is th...
by amaferanga
17 Nov 2019, 3:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

I'm not so sure either. Maye we're confused by cause and effect. Maybe the increase in usage is simply because of the increase in people 'needing' to drive somewhere. As any engineer will tell you, it doesn't actually matter how wide a conduit you make if the flow is throttled by interconnections. ...
by amaferanga
12 Nov 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

The cheap/expensive parking issue is easily resolved - abolish free parking. I can see why you say that, but it was considered at a town close to where i live and it had to be abandoned due to the uproar. One problem was that in small towns there is lots of potential street parking a short walk fro...
by amaferanga
12 Nov 2019, 8:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

One of the problems with most high streets in towns (perhaps not true for most cities) is that they're crap places to be. A thin strip of pavement next to queues of noisy cars belching toxic fumes doesn't sound like a place where many people would like to spend time. Take away the cars from the high...
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Well many towns have ring roads or bypasses. So this could be emulated by simply creating zones within the town and removing through traffic. It can be done, but not until British people accept that there's a different (better) way to live where people are much less dependant on cars.
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

The best example of keeping through traffic out to create a liveable town that I'm aware of is Houten in the Netherlands. It's a wonderfully peaceful place that seems to function perfectly well despite limiting movements of cars and prioritising movement of people and people on bikes. I'd recommend ...