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Signs of Hope – A continuing series July 31, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Pangurbán - July 31, 2020

Lovely comment by john Fitzgerald in today’s times

expanding the cycle-to-work scheme to cover bikes costing €1,250 seems a poor use of public funds. As a cyclist for over 60 years, I know that suitable bikes for commuting come at a fraction of that price. This scheme will be of significant benefit to bike thieves, providing them with a larger pool of expensive targets, where gardaí already see industrial-scale theft of high-end bikes.

This reflects possibly eamon ‘ the third policeman’ Ryan’s role as a former cycle shop proprietor.

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sonofstan - July 31, 2020

“Historically, a small elite of cyclists has influenced cycling policies”

Good piece here on the BBC website about the gentrification of cycling:
https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200724-will-covid-19-make-urban-cycling-more-inclusive
tl:dr – cycling policy tends to favour the visible minority of affluent middle-class men who cycle: more cycle lanes in the areas where they live, more docking stations etc. plus working class areas of larger cities are more likely to be divided by motorways.
The popular image of the cyclist as the white middle aged man in lycra on the road bike going too fast scares away women and BAME potential riders. Something I read elsewhere said that many poorer respondents felt that ‘cycling wasn’t for the likes of us’ despite it being the next cheapest thing to walking as a way of getting around.
Performative cycling is kind of ridiculous: people don’t drive around towns in cars meant for the race track, and few people run to work (some do) but the sporting version rather than the ordinary commuting in regular clothes on the road like everyone else version, as in Holland, seems to dictate what we do with infrastructure, and how cycling appears to the non-cyclist.

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Pangurbán - July 31, 2020

I totally agree the Lycra loonies who imagine they’re on the giro DItalia at 08:30 on the Rathmines road are a pathetic sight

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2020

One interesting side aspect of that – inside cycling there’s this culture war between helmet wearers and non helmet wearers – after three accidents most recently in Feb where I broke three ribs any time I’ve been to a doc their first question was did I hit my head was I wearing a helmet? I didn’t and I always do. I wonder if the class aspect inflected that culture war. Certainly the speed of some cyclists on cycle paths would make me very leery about going out without a helmet and of course while I wish matters were more similar to Holland in respect of provision of cycle lanes etc they aren’t.

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sonofstan - July 31, 2020

“culture war between helmet wearers and non helmet wearers”

That one makes the sort of things that provoke splits in left-wing parties look resolvable.

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sonofstan - July 31, 2020

Fitzgerald’s subsequent comment is on the money as well:
“A much more effective way of supporting cycling would be to spend the money on bike parks at commuter stations. If you look at stations such as Ghent in Belgium, Utrecht in the Netherlands, or Lund in Sweden, you will see huge bike parks with hundreds of cheap works used by commuters”

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rockroots - August 1, 2020

I wonder if that’s as true here as it might be in Britain. There was always a decent number of people cycling rattly old rust buckets to any of the factories I’ve worked in. Admittedly that’s nearly a decade ago now, and it was mostly oul fellas, but still the teens in Finglas seem to have nothing better to do nowadays than wheelie around the car park of Tesco all day. No lycra is involved.

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tafkaGW - August 4, 2020

The fact is there is simply not enough space and facilities for cyclists. This leads to competition between different types of cyclists.

One observes it in Berlin where a minority of (mainly men) like to travel fast, with less consideration than they should observe for other cyclists and pedestrians.

However, they don’t kill and injure people en masse through accidents, pollution and climate catastrophe; cars and trucks do.

Don’t let fossil-capitalists split us, two-wheeled peddling comrades!

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2. tomasoflatharta - July 31, 2020
3. yourcousin - August 1, 2020

Working dogs getting it done.

https://apple.news/AnvSWHQz5SVa3C9dziaRE5Q

Although I would defer all terrier type issues to Patrick “terrier man” Burns, of the Terrier Man blog.

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4. tafkaGW - August 4, 2020

Positive developments in XR (UK).

They have apologised for their (white privileged) naivety about the tactic of uncontested arrest, Hallam is no longer central to decision making (and has wandered off to form something called Beyond Politics) and they realise the intersectionality of our struggles.

Great work and shows remarkable agility compared with many outfits we could mention.

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Pangurbán - August 4, 2020

Could this post be translated into English please?

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WorldbyStorm - August 4, 2020

You mean the comment or the linked article? 🙂

TafkaGW, yeah, Hallam is an odd one. Wonder how that will work for him.

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