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February 14, 2010

 

More puff on biking issues please!

Chichester, England – As if bike parking issues were not bad enough in Westminster and other English cities we now have Edinburgh lining up for some anti bike action.

Edinburgh, Auld Reekie, the Athens of the North the city that attracts 1 million visitors a year. It is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom; hey people even go there on motorcycles. Bit of a surprise then that the City of Edinburgh Council has decided to revise its dedicated motorcycle parking arrangements.

The Council is proposing re designation of 100 of the 150 dedicated bike bays in Edinburgh’s central area, they may be reassigned as permit holder parking, shared use bays or pay and display bays. Motorcycles and scooters will be able to use shared use bays free of charge, but these bays will be open to other vehicles such as cars and vans who would pay to use them. The parking bays would also be available to parking permit holders.

What a great way to attract motorcycling visitors, stomp down on their ability to park safely and securely in central Edinburgh. Completely barmy a Room 131 decision. More here…

While in York that BRR favorite transport planning concept has once again surfaced, yes folks its congestion charging.

City of York Council is seeking residents’ views on the introduction of congestion charging and a levy on workplace parking. Every person in the city can now have their say on whether introducing a London-style tax on vehicles in would prevent roads becoming choked and gridlock. What a big surprise if they say no!!

What about a level playing field on congestion charging, what the hell lets include bicycles. How about: Cyclists not to be totally exempt from any congestion charge. Compulsory cycling proficiency tests for cyclists. Compulsory insurance (at least 3rd party) for cyclists. Compulsory certificated annual roadworthiness testing of cycles. Compulsory registration of cyclists which obliges them to wear a number when riding/pushing their cycle. Law-breaking cyclists will then be identifiable and traceable just as motorists and motorcyclists are. Cyclists to be charged park their cycles in designated cycle parks outside the central areas. Details of York proposals here…

Wootton Bassett is a small market town located 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Swindon in northern Wiltshire, England. It has a population of around 12,000 and is a pleasant place. The town is famous for the informal public mourning held as hearses, containing the bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan, pass through the town from nearby RAF Lyneham.

Motorcycling has long been associated with those who volunteer to serve in the military and with the support of charity events. Thus it comes as no surprise that thousands of bikers from across the UK are planning a mass ride through Wiltshire on Mother’s Day, March 14 2010, to honour the people of Wootton Bassett and the soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan. Participating riders will be requested pay a fee to join the ride and receive a special commemorative Afghan Heroes wristband. All proceeds raised from the ride will go to the Afghan Heroes charity, which helps British service personnel as well as the soldier’s families. More on the Ride here…

The UN International Day of Peace on 21 September 2010. I find it’s always a good day to reflect upon the efforts of those riders who have dedicated themselves to riding for peace. Simon Millward and Jeffrey Polnaja are two names among many that come to mind.

Ride where you like, ride when you like and ride in peace.

© Back Roads Rider 2010

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    February 16, 2010 2:55 pm

    So the millions of pounds spent trying to make York a cycling city isn’t enough and they’re having to resort to forcing motorists out of their cars. Surprise surprise.

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