Bikeability cycle training and cycling investment set for the axe

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness and Training' started by Martin, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Cambridge Cycling Campaign has published this Open Letter to the Secretary
    of State for Transport:

    Transport commentator Christian Wolmar has also written this very scathing
    letter to a more junior transport minister, Norman Baker:
    on the same subject.

    Rumours are growing quite strong now on the possibility that Cycling
    England will be axed.

    If you feel that giving children the opportunity of cycle training at an
    early age is important, as is investment in cycling around the UK to
    higher standards, please read the Open Letter above, and write to your MP
    *today*. is the easiest way to do so.

    Martin, Sep 13, 2010
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  2. And what will actually happen is that funding will be slashed, they
    will be told to raise money using charitable and other means, and
    everyone will think this was a *good* result because they weren't
    actually killed off.

    I would be tempted to write a satire along those lines, but it's
    already been done in an episode of Yes, Minister.

    Just zis Guy, you know?, Sep 14, 2010
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    Tom Crispin Guest

    It seems as if my decision to turn down the job offer of Bikeability
    Officer for Cambridge was right.
    Tom Crispin, Sep 14, 2010
  4. Martin

    David Hansen Guest

    On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:34:51 +0100 someone who may be Tom Crispin
    Which contains this

    "So Norman, ask yourself this. What is Norman Baker for? Or more
    precisely, what is the point of you being in the Department for
    Transport? Are you a fig-leaf for the most reactionary policies to
    come out of the Marsham Street since the days of Nicholas Ridley and
    his obsession with owner-driver buses? Look how your boss, Philip
    Hammond, has cut the road safety budget and done away with speed
    camera funding, in moves that smack of the most ghastly kneejerk
    populism, and counter to all serious evidence.

    "If you are not going to attempt to save the work that Cycling
    England has being doing, and are going to hide behind this vague
    general fund which is clearly going to result in far less
    encouragement for cycling, you really have to ask yourself why you
    are bothering. No doubt the trappings of office are great fun, but
    unless you are prepared to stand up for what you believe in, chuck
    it in Norman. Or battle away hard for it behind the scenes and
    prepare to stand up and be counted. Show us, in essence, that you
    are not simply a collaborator."

    That isn't very scathing, it is polite.
    David Hansen, Sep 14, 2010
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