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  1. Why are they wasting time looking at this, when there's a massive road safety elephant in the room? Cycle helmets are great if the cyclists falls off - but not much help in a collision with a car. Our road safety record is woeful. Making the very few cyclists who don't already wear helmets wear one is not going to make a dent in the 1000 RTC's per year. There is some research by Bath University that suggests drivers give less room to cyclists wearing helmets. The theory is that drivers assume a rider with "all the gear" is experienced, so they can pass closer than they would to an inexperienced rider, with obvious consequences. This hit and run driver has not been found: https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/police-appeal-after-rtc-involving-a-cyclist/
  2. Totally agree Derek, this is not a matter for referendum - they just need to get on with it. It's been well evidenced that our roads are not as safe as they could be. Sometimes governments need to do stuff for the pubic good, even when it's not popular. The last few months were an extreme example of that.
  3. I don't follow the reasoning "The hospital isn't busy anymore, so we can go back to no speed limit". If we need hospital capacity for unrestricted roads, then surely we shouldn't have unrestricted roads? The 40 limit was brought in to reduce admissions to the hospital, in particular ICU. This is reasonable, as we have accidents on our roads every single day, and the number of serious ones is twice the rate of the UK. But, having admitted that our unrestricted roads cause work for the hospital and regular ICU admissions, how can we possibly go back? There is only one genuine honest reason for people to want unrestricted roads - that is "I like to drive at inappropriate speed on open public roads, and don't want that freedom taken away". All that other stuff people say about "it's not speed, it's bad driving", "It'll kill the TT" etc is all just smoke screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm a motorcyclist myself, with 30 years experience. I like to open it up, and have done. It doesn't make it right though. There is no case for totally unrestricted roads. I think the 40 is a bit low for a permanent all-island speed limit, 50 would be better. 60 is too high for most of our roads - that's almost motorway speed, and we don't have any motorways.
  4. It might be that the public sector are more likely to be key workers, providing vital public services, who have worked right through the whole lockdown, so their jobs/ pay has not been affected.
  5. flaps

    Spewing Juan

    I'm a Rushen resident, and I certainly won't be voting for either Juan or Laurence come election time.
  6. Yes, I'm aware of people working very hard indeed processing all the COVID claims and extra benefits, on top of all the usual pensions etc. And they're not the mega-bucks senior staff either. These people won't be getting any thanks or radio shout-outs. More broadly, an awful lot of people have been working right through this whole thing. The water is still on, the bins are getting collected, the shit still goes to Meary Veg, the post is delivered, the power on, the internet is on, benefits are paid, the harbour and airport are still moving stuff, people are still in prison, teachers are looking after the children of key workers and emailing lessons. This idea that all our public servants, (apart from nurses), are sat on their arses raking in the cash, counting their pension, is frankly utter shite.
  7. Are you sure? Since 2008 the public service have either had no rise at all, or a very small one of less than 1%. It's only in the last 2 years there has been any kind of noticeable rise. During this time pension contributions have risen significantly, so take-home pay is similar or less than 10 years ago. I would be very surprised if public servants were given some massive pay rise. Far more likely a further pay freeze, once the current deal expires.
  8. Nobody is saying "we should all be allowed to do 6-hour cycle rides", because let's face it - few are capable of doing that. But to say nobody should go for a ride to get some fresh air and exercise is just stupid. People are only saying that because of their irrational hatred of cyclists. It's a "They don't even pay road tax" thing. A cyclist is on their own, by definition "social distancing". They only touch their own bike. They don't visit anyone. They just go out, and return home. That is not spreading the virus. Indeed, some countries want people to cycle rather than use public transport as it is so much safer cross-infection wise. Obviousy if you see any huge pelotons on the road, stopping at houses to pick their noses and stick bogies on door handles - report them to the police.
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  10. I was very disappointed in the Chief Minister's comments on Manx Radio today - basically saying each road is considered individually. This is a lie of course, as if the Mountain Road had been considered at all, there would be an enforced limit on it, due to the number of speed related RTC's. The problem with having no overall limit is that it breeds a culture of 'speed is OK'. Having no limit on roads such as the Mountain Road, basically tells people "Drive as fast as you like, it's fine". But it's not fine. It's not just the Mountain Road and the TT course, there's loads around the island - the coast road, Ramsey-Jurby, Gansey, Poortown etc. It averages at around 1000 accidents per year, involving roughly 1500 vehicles - that's a lot of single vehicle accidents, where people manage to chuck their own car off the road. There are 2 reasons to do that - going to fast, and distraction (looking at your phone instead of where you're going). I'm looking forward to seeing some actual action to match the road safety strategy, as so far it's just words on paper.
  11. 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.
  12. 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".
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
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