Tag sustainable living

Pre budget letter to list MSPs and replies (updated)

Before the final Scottish budget debate and vote there were rumours that Finance Secretary John Swinney was “looking carefully” at “sustainable travel budgets”. I decided to take the advice of Spokes that a last-minute e-mail supporting a change-of-heart might still… Continue Reading →

An open letter to Alex Salmond MSP on active travel

Dear Mr Salmond, You may be aware that rather a lot of people are very upset with the proposed cuts to the proportion of transport spending that goes on active travel. Active travel is a great idea, as it achieves… Continue Reading →

How do you get more people to ride bicycles

Having spent far too much time trying to find how other places achieved the high cycling rates they have, I have come to the conclusion that there are two factors which can increase cycling rates and make cycling feel ”normal”…. Continue Reading →

The Cargo Bike Club idea revisited

Some time back I came up with the idea for a Cargo Bike Club™ along the lines of a City Car Club (read all about it here). Since that time it has been sitting on the back burner and a… Continue Reading →

Reply from Marco Biagi MSP

Following my letter to Marco Biagi sent by e-mail (sent via WriteToThem.com) on the 2nd November 2011, I have now received this reply, which I give below. Mr Harding, Spokes was kind enough to publish my original reply of 12… Continue Reading →

Shopping: a reply

In a recent discussion on Twitter, Tom Bailey and I had a discussion about how to make shopping by bike more attractive, and in particular my suggestion that taxing parking spaces might help. Given the restrictions of trying to discuss… Continue Reading →

An open letter to Marco Biagi MSP

Given below is the content of an e-mail which I sent to Marco Biagi MSP via WriteToThem.com. Marco Biagi MSP Edinburgh Central Wednesday 2 November 2011 Active travel is a great idea as it achieves so many policy objectives: it… Continue Reading →

Bringing home the pumpkin harvest… 2011

Some readers will remember the problems we had last year bringing home the BIG pumpkin, well not this year… This summer has been exceptionally cold and we were lucky that there was a brief warm spell in late September (or… Continue Reading →

Climate Week. 21-27 March 2011

This is Climate Week 2011:   While there are issues with some of the sponsors using the event as green wash, I feel we should take a positive approach and think about what we can do, to actually save the… Continue Reading →

Manifesto suggestions for active travel revisited

With the Scottish elections coming up in May, I thought I would revamp my manifesto suggestions for active travel. Active travel is a great idea as it achieves so many policy objectives: it is clean, it is green, it reduces… Continue Reading →

Cargo bike culture?

Since I wrote a post suggesting the Cargo Bike Club, there has been a lot of interest in the idea from all over the world and even from London. However, one or two people have asked “what is a cargo… Continue Reading →

Are our streets for people?

Here is a great wee video from Living Streets. It asks the question “Are our streets for people?” and suggests how they could be in the future, if we decide to put the priority on active travel. The proposed changes… Continue Reading →

New Idea: the Cargo Bike Club

Following my recent wee issue with getting the biggest pumpkin home from the allotment and trying to find a cargo bike to transport it, has made me wonder if there are other people in a similar situation? I think I… Continue Reading →

Bringing home the harvest… (part 2) the BIG pumpkin

In my first post on Bringing home the harvest I wrote about how I was unsure as to just how we were going to get the biggest pumpkin of this year home. The ideal solution would be a cargo bike,… Continue Reading →

Bringing home the harvest…

It is that time of year, when the leaves start to drop and the hearth in the living room starts to fill with a random range of fruit and veg… Yes, it is harvest time at the allotment, and getting… Continue Reading →

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