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  1. 'The wonder drug of active travel' - who writes this shit? Let's se how many will be active travelling come November. Torrential rain and blowing a gale.
    9 points
  2. FFS, have they even considered what is going to encourage the traffic coming in via poachers pocket to turn right instead of going to St Marks, then ignore the left at Whitestone roundabout and Douglas road, and go straight on to join the bypass at Balthane corner ! Just a fucking excuse so Dandara could build 350 houses on green fields aided and abetted by our utter dimwit of an MHK. Oh and if they are going to build a supermarket on the very road where all the supposed traffic problems were, in whose world does that make any sense, surely just attracts the traffic back. Developers pockets well lined again solving a problem which didn't really exist in the first place !
    8 points
  3. They might consider prioritising first rather than pissing more money up against the wall, how many more roadworks are ongoing and lasting forever because they can't get one finished before starting other pie in the skye
    8 points
  4. and in the meantime the highways infrastructure in places like Bucks road and many of the side roads feeding onto it are a disgrace littered with pot holes and continual deteriorate at an alarming state , what I would like to know is when everyone avoids the main feeder route from the north into Douglas following the promenade works ,where do the DOI think the traffic is going to go , at the Quarter bridge every day seems like TT week with traffic backed up in every direction , I have never known the roads and footpaths in Douglas to be in such a dreadful and dangerous state , and apparently so we can tick a box to promote active travel to provide things no one seems to be using or wants in the first place ,
    7 points
  5. But it's not really about influence is it? It's about minimal competence. That's why the Malta example is so revealing. All the other countries in the same position: Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar managed to fulfil the requirements why couldn't we? It's not because we have don't have enough highly paid people who are supposed to sort this sort of thing out.
    7 points
  6. The crayonistas have been hard at work! Was it only about 5 years ago since they last fucked up Peel Road at great cost and expense?
    6 points
  7. The good news is that we do. The bad news is that it's the DoI.
    5 points
  8. One thing that rarely gets considered is whether cycle lanes actually make thing more dangerous for cyclists. Especially when they aren't a completely separate network, but have to continually interact with the existing road infrastructure - we've seen a tragic example of that already. It's not just at the road cross-over points - interaction with pedestrians also needs to be considered - walking is active travel as well and a much more widely used one than cycling. But there's a more general point as well. If cycle lanes and paths become seen as the place for them, drivers are likely to become much less aware and even tolerant of cyclists who they will see as being 'out of place' when on normal, unmarked roads. But the reality is that 95% or more of the time that is exactly where cyclists will be. Of course if the government were serious about providing facilities for cyclists, they would be insisting new developments incorporated suitable cycling bypasses and so on. But the reality is that these plans are no more than everything else the Sea Terminal Crayonistas produce, lots of pretty pictures to justify their own position and the spending of more money on big projects. As usual there is no real consideration of need or likely usage, these projects are ends in themselves, not about providing facilities for the public.
    5 points
  9. Yes, although I was frighkened to to point it out
    4 points
  10. On the subject of the show though, here are a couple of pictures for you One of those is more intelligent than the other.
    4 points
  11. You still on the fence?
    4 points
  12. it fits in very well, shit vent on shit prom with shit tramlines and shit pedestrian crossings with shit parking all being done by shit workers under even shitter management.
    4 points
  13. ? WTF. Sorry Ben I am a simple man, whilst I am University Educated and hold a degree, I like simple information, rather than being blinded by bullshit (even if it’s true, it’s unintelligible to people who are not scientifically minded) Good post but would rather short precis.
    4 points
  14. I have a couple of issues with this, the first being that I still think the island is too hilly to get your Average Joe's out and about going to work, never mind the weather. The other more specific thing is the proposed width of Pulrose Road, 6.4 metres is narrow, very very narrow for a 2 way road that has lots of HGVs and buses. Measure it out.
    4 points
  15. Its not fair or accurate to simply assess Tim Baker's performance at the DoI when considering his suitability for re-election, but take the last 5 years in the round. If you include the Meat Plant, MUA, Children's Champion, DoI and delivery of his manifesto to constituents it is clear that Tim has taken on everything that has been asked of him and delivered very little, if not fuck all. He has shown that he is a lacky to CoMIN and the current political system, has very little self-perception (as his election leaflet delivered to my house and put in the bin shows very clearly) and has a pious attitude that cannot accept criticism as valid. Here is one vote he is not getting in September.
    4 points
  16. The amount of vegetation build-up along the edges of the road in areas of the Mountain Rd will restrict water run-off when the weather breaks, Windy to 33rd being prime example. Ditches are blocked with weeds elsewhere, there's also a shallow gulley at the base of the wall around the inside of Verandah 4 bends that's blocked solid with vegetation and bits of car. The straight section from there to Les Graham now floods in heavy rain too. But there's no glory in basic maintenance.
    4 points
  17. I reckon 6 years and £20 million over budget.
    4 points
  18. Like Laxey that time?
    3 points
  19. That's an awfully long winded way of saying your model is (as expected) wrong.
    3 points
  20. On the subject of Peel Road, the cycle route needs to be along the back of McDonald's, Milestone, KFC and under the old railway bridge. Bring it out at Tesco by the bus depot. Better to have a fully segregated route than this dangerous monstrosity.
    3 points
  21. Lovely article on IOMNP Facebook page about the Community Meals organisation setting up a stand in the car park at Port Erin Shoprite, and belong told by Management to seek permission from Head Office. Needless to say, lots of negative headlines and publicity for Shoprite. In the meantime the Manx Coop and Tesco have offered car parking facilities and permission etc. Would Shoprite have refused if they had a deal with Government for free food vouchers for poorer members of society?
    3 points
  22. I only thought was due to Covid-19. I suppose all those MHKs who jumped up and down howling in protest at the current relaxation of regulations, are waving their Government passes for a freebie, and attending?
    3 points
  23. Question, hows that cycle lane going to work when all the cars are parked at the Escape room? i assume this means its closing or moving or are they just going to drive over the top of it? Also doesn't this no notice of the current construction of the Starbucks/KFC which is going to cut across cycle lanes and increase traffic (see McD's) right into their shiny new junction. FYI i'm a cyclist and advocate of active travel but firmly believe that the existing infrastructure needs upgrading first before we start adding in more.
    3 points
  24. I've yet to see a cycle on the new path down from the Anagh Coar crossing, and precious few on the Peel Rd Lane, or anywhere else. At what point do the DOI foresee us all jumping on bicycles and becoming active travellers to justify these millions spent?
    3 points
  25. It’s this positivity that keeps me coming back
    3 points
  26. About 6 years ago I was put on incapacity benefit due to illness . Soul destroying as had worked hard all my life and hard to get out of the situation without making me worse. I was really helped by the Permitted work scheme at Markwell house while keeping the benefits . It allowed you to work up to 16 hrs and earn up to £150 a week which was such a godsend. I was lucky to find a great part time job which helped my mental health and self esteem so much . Its a great scheme in so many ways. Not only did it improve my mental health so much it also helped my finances . And after 18 months , its initially up to a year , I was able to resume normal work and come of benifits totally . As a footnote for most benefits are a nightmare . I was getting £108 a week on incapacity and a small top up of around £11 income support. You really dont choose to be on them and like Xmas when you can stop them.
    3 points
  27. I haven't read his latest but from what I gather he's proclaiming the rebirth of party politics on the grounds that the new Douglas Town Council has two MLP and two Green Councillors. As opposed to the outgoing Council which only had two Greens and two MLP. To be fair all four had been elected in by-elections and I do think that there is a change in political mood at DBC. Of the 17 Councillors elected in 2016 main election, only four remain. But the main reason for the MLP's success so far seems to be that they got rid of their previous leader, a certain D Cretney.
    2 points
  28. You mean the route of the old Peel to Douglas railway line? Oh no, thats far too sensible. Also whats wrong with pedestrian underpasses on main arterial routes? They can be cut and shut.
    2 points
  29. Charirites must submit annual accounts, I beleive they can be obtained from the AG at charities@gov.im along with other registered information. But don't quote me. At this point it's not available online as other forms of company are (some free and some are charged a fee) but according to the gov website this is coming. Publishing individual names and salaries probably falls foul of GDPR requirements for any organistaion to protect personal data.
    2 points
  30. An interesting publication from the psychology dept at the University of Sydney... https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/07/30/what-psychology-says-about-covid-non-compliers.html
    2 points
  31. They own half and Port Erin Commissioners own half. In reality it’s nit picking. Is it worth splitting hairs and asking someone doing a charitable deed to move on? Let’s face it, I doubt they would have been there all day!
    2 points
  32. https://www.gov.im/media/1359885/mfmr-103.pdf That link takes you to the manual for Manx Roads all 129 pages UK standard for highways in link below https://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/dmrb/ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/773421/traffic-signs-manual-chapter-05.pdf
    2 points
  33. The member responsible for local authorities is an onchan mhk. Expect a lengthy blog on why nothing has been done.
    2 points
  34. It's easier to throw shit at the chair from the sidelines than it is to actually be chair. Quirkio is all mouth.
    2 points
  35. There must be loads of underemployed civil servants who could be given a clipboard (standard issue anyway?) and counter to spend a (civil service) working day on Peel Rd to count the number of cyclists. I'd venture to suggest the result will be pretty close to the square root of Zero. This cycling revolution is not only a fantasy in our planners' imagination (it might be going on in the 'flatlands' of London but not in our land of hills) but also a 'green' box-ticking exercise that achieves nothing else but making the crawl out of Douglas in 'peak' hours even longer than it needs to be. We witness yet another waste of tax-payers money that achieves what aside from assuaging this month's 'must do' project in Road Planner's Monthly? And I write this as a keen cyclist.
    2 points
  36. Says a man in Cornwall who hasn't been here for years
    2 points
  37. Yes they need to concentrate on upgrading and maintaining the primary routes. These grandiose schemes are all well and good if the rest of the network is in apple pie order, which is clearly not the case. Where they appear to be going wrong is shoe horning everything into the same space (trying to please everyone), the roadways become a lot more narrow - as evidence with the promenade scheme - this surely will have a detrimental effect. A classic example of engineering a ridiculous cycle lane where it causes more harm than good.
    2 points
  38. I like this. Write a paper entitled “A non-transitive ordering of a 24-tuple” and submit it for a Fields Medal.
    2 points
  39. Yep. Yet again DOI splurging the GMTP money on projects that will not get maintained, along with all the stuff that you list above. They can't maintain what they have already created have let alone anything they're planning for the future. It's utter madness. As if we didn't know before, it's confirmed that the loonies have definitely escaped and running the asylum.
    2 points
  40. So true. Thanks for sharing. Mesages like this the Government and responsible media should be sharing.
    2 points
  41. I nearly saw one but they chose to ride on the pavement instead
    2 points
  42. I'd like to know what wonder drugs do the rounds in DOI HQ and if they're also available to the general public.....
    2 points
  43. I've never yet seen even one cyclist on the Lezayre Road cycle lane into Ramsey. Not ever, in the two (?) years since it was put there. Nor do I ever see any kids cycling to school like we used to. I can't remember when I last saw a schoolkid in uniform on a bike.
    2 points
  44. For anyone still wondering where we're going, and what living with it actually means, here's a short 7 tweet thread explaining it in really simple to understand words.
    2 points
  45. The implications are another deep review of the Department and the transfer of staff to an arms length management company that will be the first rung on the corporatisation ladder. The problem with these schemes is that the Minister and the senior staff remain unaccountable and untouchable. Again it separates the strategic from the operational components with no political interference. Why Baker took this all on in the first place is a mystery. He must have known he was going to be pilloried. What was his real motivation for his apparent martyrdom.
    2 points
  46. It shows what a weak and ineffective politician Baker is. He can never be allowed to hold such a position again.
    2 points
  47. The old Whitestone Garage site is talked about being a Shoprite, though it all seems a bit vague and I suspect they're not really convinced about the economic case. Commissioners are worried that it would mean people not using the new bypass [pause for hollow laughter]. Well that's what Reynolds kept claiming when asked to justify whatever this year's new splurge was, but when anyone remotely knowledgeable asked to be pointed to the actual regulations, there was silence. And of course when the new radar which had to be fitted straight away didn't quite work, it turned out that the UK CAA were quite happy to let us chug along with the old one for nearly a decade. Funny that.
    2 points
  48. He was a bizarre choice for Children’s Champion, not sure what he was even involved for long enough to make a dogs dinner of it. But the rest of it, definitely agree with what you’re saying. He cannot accept any form of criticism and has shown himself to be very waspish, which hints at possible confidence issues that he’s trying to hide behind bluster. Given the catalogue of disasters behind him, a lack of confidence is understandable. I’m sure he’s very capable in his original chosen field, but political office is not his strength, mostly down to how he communicates and comes across. I hope the voters in his constituency don’t return him.
    1 point
  49. I think this is the way of the future now though. There won't be as many budget airlines moving forwards as the trend seems to be to discourage short haul air travel for climate reasons, so if airlines can't make their money doing full shuttle runs to Europe then they won't be able to offer the island cheap fares for half full planes. I don't see our connectivity getting any better from here on in. The car parks will be a wasted resource so just build some retail units on there to service the local area and make some use of it. Our one flight a day to three regional airports will be fine with just a small car park lot.
    1 point
  50. Is that not life though, as it always has been? The old or very vulnerable are susceptible to many thing the rest of us aren’t so what are we suppose to do. Back in the early 2000s when our group of friends were springing left right and centre one couple who we were very close to suffered so awful traumas with a new born. He struggled through life between here and Alderhay and ultimately was taken by something he picked up at Nursery that all the other kids shook off. What is the alternative. Unless this (currently unconfirmed rumour) turns out to be a young fit kid who has contracted COVID and become ill solely as a result then worldwide that is incredibly rare) If there is more to it, then as brutal as it sounds what more can we do? There is a tipping point with risk and reward where as a community the reward of not doing eventually outweighs the risk. That moment has passed. Ir does however mean a few very vulnerable and unfortunate people will need to moderate their lives a bit but in reality the majority would have been before the pandemic anyway.
    1 point
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