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Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby mjr » 25 Jul 2019, 12:01pm

What do we know about Mr Shapps and his views or actions on cycling? https://www.welhatcycling.org.uk/2017/0 ... -response/ suggests he is a utility and charity/endurance cyclist. Maybe not so much of a tourist or racer?

Over time, maybe this topic can be used to record his record, as it were. At least the dooring one has gone.
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Postby whoof » 25 Jul 2019, 1:04pm

mjr wrote:What do we know about Mr Shapps

suggests he is a utility and charity/endurance cyclist. Maybe not so much of a tourist or racer?

Over time, maybe this topic can be used to record his record, as it were. At least the dooring one has gone.


I think the last part is the comparision. How will he be in comparison to Chris Grayling, Patrick McLoughlin, Justine Greenings and Philip Hammond.

The transport secretary rides a bike as does (or probably now did) the Prime Minister, who seems more a utiliarian cyclist than a racer. Will they raise the profile of cycling as a form of transport and provide the funds, infrastrucuture and policing to support this? It would be nice to think that they would but as they are both politians they will more than likely lean to the self perpetuating majority which is the car.

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Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby Mike Sales » 25 Jul 2019, 1:09pm

He is an unscrupulous chancer like his boss.
See my quotes on the Writing to Grayling thread.

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Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby flat tyre » 25 Jul 2019, 11:31pm

Well I just read his Wikipedia entry and to me it seems that Grant Shapps is in the government to look after Grant Shapps.

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Postby squeaker » 14 Aug 2019, 11:35am

mike whittaker wrote:should answer your concerns...

http://www.britishinfrastructuregroup.u ... -cover.pdf


Oh what a giveaway :roll:
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Postby Richard Fairhurst » 14 Aug 2019, 11:37am

From the report:

"UK towns and cities have been taken over by traffic light controlled junctions, bus lanes, cycle superhighways, congestion charges and blanket speed restricted zones"

Can anyone tell me where these towns that have been taken over by cycle superhighways are, please? They sound great. I might move there.
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Postby reohn2 » 14 Aug 2019, 12:21pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:From the report:

"UK towns and cities have been taken over by traffic light controlled junctions, bus lanes, cycle superhighways, congestion charges and blanket speed restricted zones"

Can anyone tell me where these towns that have been taken over by cycle superhighways are, please? They sound great. I might move there.

I can tell where there not if that helps :wink:
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Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby Wanlock Dod » 9 May 2020, 5:16pm

Absolutely staggering... :D

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Postby kwackers » 9 May 2020, 10:56pm

Wanlock Dod wrote:Absolutely staggering... :D

His corona virus update?

I watched it and he did mention walking and cycling a lot...
I mean a *lot*, so much so I got the impression that he may think he means it.

Are we really going to turn the page and head towards cycling nirvana?

Of course convincing Joe P is another thing entirely, even if they're out and about on their bikes at the moment doesn't mean they'll want to ride them to work, particularly if it's cold or raining...

Mind you, if public transport is changing and no longer has the capacity then shifting everyone into cars is going to produce some of the worlds longest car parks so something has to give.

Also say's they're bringing their e-scooter trials forward to next month.
I guess that will require some quick changes to the HWC...

I'm feeling strange - it could be excitement.
Best not get too heady on it, the reality is bound to disappoint.


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Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby thirdcrank » 10 May 2020, 7:57am

By coincidence, I noticed in yesterday's Daily T that it was the birthday of Ruth Kelly, a name which older readers may remember.

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Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Postby atlas_shrugged » 10 May 2020, 8:05am

Andrew Gilligan is unseen and unheard and I suspect behind some of these possible changes. The last report Gilligan did for the NiC (Running out of Road) was really good.

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Postby Jdsk » 10 May 2020, 11:50am

atlas_shrugged wrote:Andrew Gilligan is unseen and unheard and I suspect behind some of these possible changes. The last report Gilligan did for the NiC (Running out of Road) was really good.

It does seem to be an area where there's more hope for progress with local rather national initiatives. See Boardman's efforts. And local emission zones.

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Postby mjr » 10 May 2020, 12:00pm

Jdsk wrote:
atlas_shrugged wrote:Andrew Gilligan is unseen and unheard and I suspect behind some of these possible changes. The last report Gilligan did for the NiC (Running out of Road) was really good.

It does seem to be an area where there's more hope for progress with local rather national initiatives. See Boardman's efforts. And local emission zones.

Which leaves us with the postcode lottery at the mercy of the likes of that idiot in Lancs and being able to literally see the join between places like West Midlands with quiet lanes and cycleways and being dumped into the gutter of 60mph roads as you enter Warks :(

The time for localism and bidding must end. We need national funding, national standards and a national plan. Remind Highways England they are not Motorways England.
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Postby simonineaston » 10 May 2020, 12:02pm

We keep imagining - hoping against hope - that if we wait long enough, a tory (or indeed any political stripe!) government minister will emerge, who'll save the day and wave a magic wand around to cast spells that'll make cycling in the UK great! This only goes to show how poorly designed the human brain really is!!
One simple idea to get your head around, folks, is this: Shap is interested in cycling for two reasons: One - to get workers into work so money can be made and taxes paid. Two - to further his career.
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