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Steven Hope
Grump, skeptic and argumentalist
Interests: Takes photos, rides bike, draws pictures, plays with numbers. Drinks coffee, tea, beer and whisky
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Dentists now advise you on your weight and alcohol consumption as the NHS takes every opportunity to have 'brief interventions'.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2014 on Economists' advice at Stumbling and Mumbling
Framing it as the need for austerity makes the cuts the solution to a mess created by Labour. It makes the cuts a painful necessity. Framing it in terms of the benefits of a smaller state separates the problem from Labour and makes the cuts ideologically motivated. Thatcherite. So hands an open goal to Labour.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Osborne's spending paradox at Stumbling and Mumbling
Two divergent strands of the discussions with Bill Walker and Fife Council officials have come together into a couple of proposals, one of which needs the support of Transport Scotland. At this stage it's probably best to draw the strands together. My recent email to Bill Walker, which is recorded... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at CycleFife
Fife has one of the UK's most comprehensive cycle routes. There are over 300 miles (500km) of cycle routes along quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and forest tracks as well as commuter routes in towns. (FifeDirect) This might be true but you have to ask, where are all the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at CycleFife
I got home from holiday last night in the early hours of the morning and, sorting through the mail behind the door, came across a leaflet from Fife Council letting me know about its new recycling arrangements. The Council has targets to meet in relation to recycling. By 2013, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at CycleFife
Talking and reading about cycling and provision for cycling can be the most will-sapping way to spend your time. Cycling blogs and forums, newspaper stories and comments about traffic are often filled with frustration and anger, bitterness and sad tales of injuries and deaths. YouTube is a huge repository of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at CycleFife
My main correspondence with Fife Council was initiated through an email to Bill Walker, my MSP, sent via Write to Them. Throughout that conversation, he has been cc'd in the emails. My email to the Council on 18 June suggested that perhaps it was now time for him to contact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at CycleFife
The latest response from the Council has really crystallised the main issue, for me at least, of negotiating the A985 - the main trunk road from the A90/Forth Road Bridge to Kincardine Bridge that cuts through Rosyth and passes many of the West Fife villages. It seems clear that the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at CycleFife
There are two routes out of Limekilns but both of them are problematic for cyclists and pedestrians. For pedestrians there is no footpath beyond about 100 yards on either side of the junction. Google Streetview gives a good view of the junction. Indeed, to the west, the footpath only starts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at CycleFife
Another detailed response from Fife Council picking on some of the questions left over from earlier emails. As usual, I've deleted references to individuals (and fixed some typos). Sorry it's taken a while to get back to you, I've been on leave. In response to your further questions regarding cycling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at CycleFife
Some updates. Councillor Bobby Clelland, who was included in my first email to councillors just before the local elections, replied just after the election. He said: Hi Steven Thanks for the email, sorry for the delay in replying. I share your desire to have safe cycle routes, and when the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at CycleFife
While I wait for various people to come back to me I thought I'd add to my collection of less than helpful bits of cycling infrastructure. This morning, since it had stopped raining, I took Ellen to nursery in her trailer. If I go out of Limekilns on the road... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at CycleFife
It was a sunny, warm and pleasant evening pootling home from work and since you don't need to pay too much attention on the quiet segregated cycle paths that cover maybe 90-95% of the distance from work in Edinburgh to the end of the Forth Road Bridge, I got to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at CycleFife
Shortly before the local elections on 3 May, I wrote to each of the councillors in the West Fife and Coastal Villages ward of Fife Council. Sent: 30 April 2012 through Dear Bill Walker, Gerry McMullan, Bobby Clelland and William Ferguson, I know you are probably all busy with... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at CycleFife
Received: 24 April 2012 in reply to my opening email Thank you for your comments on the cycle network between Limekilns and Dunfermline. User feedback is a valuable tool for planning route improvements and new routes. The route you describe via the shore, Brucehaven and Pattiesmuir was originally developed as... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at CycleFife
Sent: 30 April 2012 in reply to the Council's first response. Sorry for taking so long to reply. I rode most of the routes on Friday and made some notes as I went. It's going to make for a long email but I thought it would probably be best if... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at CycleFife
The first email sent to Fife Council's cycling team Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at CycleFife
Where I explain where this came from. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at CycleFife
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