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  1. chdot
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  2. chdot
    Admin

  3. Morningsider
    Member

    I've never actually seen a job advert for a human shield before.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. Frenchy
    Member

    I've never actually seen a job advert for a human shield before.

    One might suggest that such a sceptical view would be a good attribute for the post holder...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    That job is mine.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  6. chdot
    Admin

    “That job is mine“

    Only if you apply for it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  7. chdot
    Admin

    “One might suggest that such a sceptical view would be a good attribute for the post holder“

    Morningsider would be too good, which is why they wouldn’t appoint him.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Loving @chdot's implication that I will get the job because @Morningsider is better suited. Game on.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

  10. chdot
    Admin

    “do we have the successful candidate?”

    Doubt he’d consider it, but don’t think he’s ready for such direct involvement/commitment.


    Hoy said he still gets out on his bike twice a week and spends even more time on his turbo [trainer]. He needs to, he said. One of his next challenges is to break the world record to reach the South Pole.

    Mark Beaumont might be better, but ‘availability’ would apply too.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  11. Tulyar
    Member

    Dare I apply? Part time of course

    Posted 8 months ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

    “Dare I apply?”

    I’m sure you do.

    I’m sure you should.

    Especially if you don’t want it. Would be useful to get some messages across at the interview...

    Posted 8 months ago #
  13. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Lee Craigie appointed;

    https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/a-new-active-nation-commissioner-for-scotland/

    Very interesting choice. I mean she mentions risk in her blurb.

    Highly intrigued to see where this goes.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  14. HankChief
    Member

    IWRATS beat me too it...

    Inspired choice

    Posted 6 months ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Keep up mate.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  16. Rosie
    Member

    I love Lee Craigie but what is the "risk" she's talking about? The only "risk" and "courage" I want to see is from politicians facing down motorists. I'd guess that many would rather do 3 days and nights of mountain biking on the trot...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @Rosie

    I think she's telling people who she is. Making clear that she will take risks.

    Three days and nights with an energy bar and a Mylar tarpaulin won't be part of the Commissioner's role I wouldn't have thought.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  18. paulmilne
    Member

    "I’m committed to promoting the idea that by placing our own health needs, the needs of our communities and our environment ahead of single-occupancy car journeys, we can all live more sustainable and fulfilled lives."

    She's saying all the right things, she has a determined look in her eye, I hope she has the guts and more importantly the remit to knock some heads together and accelerate progress.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  19. steveo
    Member

    I hope she has the guts

    Of this I have no doubt,

    the remit

    Of this I suspect we're back to human shield...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  20. Stickman
    Member

    The scale of the challenge was demonstrated at the PR event where this was announced: on the tiny strip of segregated lane on St Leonard’s Street while traffic streamed past, with all participants wearing bike helmets.

    Good luck to her.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  21. Rosie
    Member

    I am being a grumpy old cynic. (That's what cycle activism does to you.) Boardman has done good work. And as said above, she did talk about single occupancy cars.

    I won't say more power to Craigie's elbow - all her limbs are full of power.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  22. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    the tiny strip of segregated lane on St Leonard’s Street while traffic streamed past, with all participants wearing bike helmets

    The 'plastic hats in Toytown' look isn't good, but Transport Scotland will have set this up.

    If the optics are the same in six months' time then we're on our own again.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  23. unhurt
    Member

    Lee Craigie is distilled determination poured in human form. I am hopeful - in part because, as I read somewhere else recently, "despair is not a strategy"*.

    *it was re: climate change / collapse

    Posted 5 months ago #
  24. chdot
    Admin

  25. Rosie
    Member

    Transport secretary Michael Matheson:-

    “I am confident she will not only be an inspirational advocate for active travel, but also progress high-impact policy development.

    “Walking and cycling as a form of transport can be incredibly beneficial to our individual health and help protect our environment – but it cannot be a solution that only some can benefit from.

    "We are determined to ensure walking and cycling is accessible and inclusive for all.

    “Our funding of active travel projects aims to significantly improve our public realm, creating segregated cycle lanes in our towns and cities, support behaviour change projects and make walking and cycling the natural and easy choice for everyday short journeys."

    Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/scots-challenged-to-take-a-risk-and-leave-car-at-home-1-4847511

    Posted 5 months ago #
  26. neddie
    Member

    policy development

    From what I can see, the policies are already pretty good.

    What is missing is the funding, political will & the resources to get schemes drawn up & built.

    If she only sits there looking at “policy”, nothing will change

    Posted 5 months ago #
  27. Morningsider
    Member

    "she will...progress high impact policy development" says Cabinet Secretary with an annual budget of £2,910,000,000 and 500 staff.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  28. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Let's wait and see how she plays it. If she doesn't point out the absurdity inherent in @Morningsider's quote immediately then I'll be disappointed.

    I'd advise her to lobby for the appointment of an Inactive Nation Commissioner to formalise that currently crowd-funded and very powerful but nebulous role.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  29. Rosie
    Member

    "she will...progress high impact policy development" says Cabinet Secretary with an annual budget of £2,910,000,000 and 500 staff.

    Yes - it's the equivalent of outsourcing what should be transport policy and spend to Sustrans.

    Which is no reflection on Sustrans or Craigie.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  30. crowriver
    Member

    I'm afraid it's not a great start. Exhortations to leave the car at home has been tried for decades. It doesn't work.

    As Morningsider implies, what is the minister doing about it? Sweet FA (or near enough as makes no difference), plus passing the buck onto a spirited cyclist friendly figurehead with no real power to implement anything.

    Posted 5 months ago #

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