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  1. Yes, I agree. The number of parked vehicles is a nuisance when travelling, and also making our living spaces scruffy. Where I used to live in the York Road area of Douglas is so bad now. A friend lives at the Cooil estate, and every house has a driveway, but it's completely clogged up with vehicles. A fire engine would have trouble getting in for sure. The number of multi-car households has risen. Families used to have a 'family car' but now people have one each. It's making where we live really depressing. I struggle to get off my own driveway because my neighbours have 3 cars each, all in the way. The issue with larger SUV's is real. They are pointless and anti-social. They are unnecessarily large. Nobody needs a car that big. You don't need a BMW X5 for instance, to go to shoprite or take the kids to school. What are they actually for? When considering a new car, what makes people think "One of those huge tanks would suit me"? There is nothing they do better than other types of car, apart from get in the way and kill people.
  2. Whenever I see a news article or thread about climate change, it's always followed by a load of comments from people who, conveniently for their lifestyle, say it's a load of nonsense. It's a common human trait to deny responsibility, point the finger elsewhere. We don't want to change. The thing is, lets suppose the IPCC issue a new report tomorrow saying "our calculations were wrong, it's not our fault" - what then? Just carry on burning everything we can? Clear the rainforests? Chuck everything in the river? Trash the place? Even if it was to turn out to be a load of bollocks, we still need to be changing our lifestyles anyway, because we're trashing the joint. With regard to the Isle of Man, clearly any reductions in our emissions will make no difference overall, but that could be said by anyone. It's only by collectively doing our bit the world over will it work. One thing we do need to invest in is our promenades, harbours and riverbanks, as they have been neglected for far too long, and the sea isn't going to get lower. Renewable power is now cheaper than fossil fuels, but unfortunately our MEA is in such debt we're in the embarrassing position of being a 'Biosphere' without a single wind turbine. Electric cars are totally viable here, with our shorter journeys, but we need to be using cars less anyway. Car ownership is now making our living environment worse, clogging up our roads with parked vehicles everywhere. People driving very short distances to the school or co-op etc. Basically, like Lord Buckethead said - "you humans need to take a bloody good look at yourselves".
  3. The TT open road RTC's are roughly 100 a year, half serious, with a handful fatal. So the vast majority of our RTC's are not TT related. Whatever, it's a national disgrace and needs to be sorted.
  4. https://www.energyfm.net/cms/news_story_604711.html 4593 RTC's between 2014 and 2018. 32 deaths, and over 200 seriously injured. Come election time, this will be my main issue. Any candidates that don't have a serious plan to sort this out won't be getting my vote.
  5. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/watterson-criticises-lack-of-southern-cycleway/ Oh dear. There appears to be some issue regarding the designation of the walking/cycleway along Gansey. And Juan Watterson, who was against it, and insisted the grass verge was kept, with obvious effect on the designated width, is now saying it's a 'missed opportunity'. hmmm...
  6. You've got the wrong end of the stick there. They're selling so many e-bikes and bicycles, theyve expanded into the car showroom. Definitely not just selling off bits. The shop has had a full refurb, and is very nice with lots of stock.
  7. I suppose the thing is - you wouldn't want to tarmac over one of the MER lines, only to then want it back at some point. So, we need to ask if there's any chance we might need it for, say, a modern tram. Is the route suitable for faster trams? If there was a service from Ramsey with a modern tram, how long would it take compared to driving? If it takes 25 minutes in the car, and an hour and a half on the tram, then there'll be no customers. If it really doesn't look like there's much scope for a 'real' tram ever, then a walking/cycle route would be an excellent facility. Brilliant views, safe from traffic, no steep hills. Perfect. Keep a vintage tram line, AND have a great walking/cycle route. Win-Win. So probably won't happen.
  8. It's definitely worth reading the actual consultants report. I hope our politicians have, as the case for arms length/corporatisation whatever is very slim. It's also slightly out of date, as since then the airport police have been privatised, so the staff costs figures/savings won't be right any more. There seems to be 2 main issues in the report - one is that it's hard to quantify certain costs that are done centrally by government, such as IT, HR/payroll, building maintenance etc. Whether that's a bad thing or not is debatable. Certainly those costs would be passed on to a new operator. The other point the report highlights is that they think the airport could better realise 'commercial opportunities'. We know what that means. Excessive parking charges, charging to drop off, taxi surcharges, paying to jump the security queue, no actual seats in the departure lounge apart from in cafe's, loads of whiskey and perfume all over the place etc etc. And it suggests employing a 'commercial manager' at £75K to oversee all these lovely ideas. But it's OK, the info desk will be replaced by a notice board, so the 'savings' will pay for that. And at the end, the report suggests a slight reduction in the 'loss', by maybe half a mil or so, in five years time. Except, it also says the income from departure tax is higher than the loss. So it's not actually a loss. Also - check out the findings re EasyJet and related income per passenger, and value to IOM. Very interesting.
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    Manx Radio

    The program content of Manx Radio is very good, but the quantity of adverts is rendering it unlistenable. The same annoying jingles every few minutes soon make me have to turn it off, even when it's a show I want to hear. The thing is, the market is changing. Why would anyone listen to annoying jingles over and over, when you can put on a streaming service without them? Commercial Radio needs to offer something fresh and worth tuning in for. I wouldn't mind Manx Radio going fully public service, as long as it didn't go mad with the costs. What they do, they actually do very well.
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    I wish they'd copied the road safety strategy from somewhere else, it would have been much more useful.
  11. I've read through the road safety strategy, and I have to say it's very disappointing. It seems to be all about gathering data and 'evidence' and discussing stuff rather than actually doing anything. Amazingly, it also dismisses at the start any suggestion of an all-island speed limit. There is obviously already plenty of evidence of serious RTC's on roads with no speed limit, such as the A18, so what they hope to achieve by gathering more for more years I don't know. In the time they spend gathering evidence, many more people are going to be KSI'd. It also refers a lot to our 'special' circumstances; ie unlimited roads and motorsport events. I really do think it's just a massive cop out. How on earth you can talk about an evidence based strategy, then dismiss speed control before you've even started... clearly somebody has already made their mind up about this.
  12. I was told by a road safety campaigner that the IOM accident rate is around double that of the worst county in the UK (South Glamorgan, I think). Not sure where the figures were from, or which period that was in relation to. www.roadcrashindex.org is quite interesting
  13. I had that happen to me last year between upper and lower foxdale. I was doing 40, got pulled over. He told me it was 30 all the way through. I assumed it must have changed, so apologised profusely and grovelled. He let me off. Imagine how annoyed I was when returning that way, to see that it was 40 after all, and he was wrong.
  14. There's nothing unique about our roads. There's nothing special about here. We're not a special case. The only reason our accident record is one of the worst anywhere, is because of the speeding culture here, and the lack of enforcement. The RPU has been cut to the bone, and there are no cameras, and roads with no speed limits. If I travel at 30 in a 30, I'm the slowest vehicle on the road, with a line of traffic tailgating me. At the end of the day, humans don't like admitting we are the problem. We don't want an all island speed limit, as we all like to have a blast, so we'll make up nonsense to justify it, like, er, "It's not speed that kills, it's bad driving".... yeah yeah whatever. Education doesn't work, as we won't admit we are the problem. Enforcement is the only thing that will make people wise up, and there's hardly any of that. When you see some Athol Street type overtaking 4 cars at once on a blind bend in his Audi - that guy is intelligent. He knows he's being a twat, but he doesn't care about anyone else. Enforcement is what's needed. 1000 RTC's a year is utterly ridiculous. I see the wall is knocked down again at church bends. Those holes in walls aren't caused by people driving slow. It's not cyclists. It's people driving like twats. Those 1000 RTC's per year involve about 1500 cars. That's right - a huge proportion aren't 'collisions' but people just driving their own car off the road. 2 reasons for that - 1 - too fast, 2 not looking where you're going, ie on your phone. Speed, and inattention. People feel safe in their cars now. And if you feel safe, you'll take risks. This is why people who drive big cars are aggressive drivers. Just imagine this - instead of an airbag on your steering wheel, there was a big spike. You'd drive carefully then. You certainly wouldn't be looking at twitter. The lack of real policy or strategy regarding road safety here is shameful. And we can't use the excuse of our motorsport events. Other places have motorsport events too, and they don't acccept loads of deaths and 100 accidents in a week, just because there's a race on.
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