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  1. 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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    Manx Radio

    Construction waste today!!!.... A AND B METALSSS!!!!! A AND B METALSSS!!!! Construction waste today!!! QuaySIIIIDE!!!! QUAYSIDE QUAYSIDE WE'VE GOT THE TYRES FOR YOOOOOO!!!!! Construction waste today!!!... off...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  14. 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.
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