Riding high to reduce car journeys

From left, City of York Council leader CllrJames Alexander with Coun Dave Merrett, Lord Mayor Coun Ian Gillies and Coun David Levene at Poppleton Bar Park&Ride

From left, City of York Council leader CllrJames Alexander with Coun Dave Merrett, Lord Mayor Coun Ian Gillies and Coun David Levene at Poppleton Bar Park&Ride

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I WAS delighted to see that Councillor Dave Merrett was invited to the photocall for the launch of the new electric buses which are serving the A59 Park&Ride (The Press, June 12).

It was under Cllr Merrett’s leadership of the previous Labour-led administration that York took full advantage of various Government grant schemes to fund the opening of a succession of P&R routes.

Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York.

Park&Pedal gives the option of driving to the P&R site and taking a folding bike from the boot to complete one’s journey, or of cycling to the site’s secure bike parking and catching the bus.

Perhaps our new Lord Mayor, as a Poppleton resident, would like to inspire his neighbours by demonstrating this latter option!

York’s iTravel website at itravelyork.info/ has advice about a range of other journey options, which together can help York stave off gridlock for many more years.

But that threat is never going to go away.

Extensive cross-party support will be needed for some of the bolder measures that must be put in place, to make the most efficient use of our highway capacity.

Far better than promising the electorate a car user’s paradise which can never be delivered.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, Holgate, York.

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11:42am Sat 14 Jun 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Previous Labour-led administration.

Looking forward to the opportunity of making that comment a reality in the future.
Previous Labour-led administration. Looking forward to the opportunity of making that comment a reality in the future. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -6

11:49am Sat 14 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

Sycophant!
Sycophant! sheps lad
  • Score: -11

1:36pm Sat 14 Jun 14

strangebuttrue? says...

It was under Mr Merrett’s leadership of the various traffic planning committees since 2006 that, according to Mr Merrett's own reports, traffic volume has remained static yet congestion has become worse and pollution has risen by as much as 48% and more generally by 33%. I note Paul did not add that to Mr Merrett's list of achievements.
It was under Mr Merrett’s leadership of the various traffic planning committees since 2006 that, according to Mr Merrett's own reports, traffic volume has remained static yet congestion has become worse and pollution has risen by as much as 48% and more generally by 33%. I note Paul did not add that to Mr Merrett's list of achievements. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -3

1:59pm Sat 14 Jun 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Just on a side issue something which helped enormously with cutting congestion and aiding the free flow of these additional new buses this morning was the failure of the traffic lights at the Holgate Road Blossom Street junction. I passed through there this morning and could tell something was different way before I got there - there was no traffic. On arriving at the junction there were no queues in any direction, few pedestrians waiting and many racegoers were wandering across or traffic free streets enjoying the fresh air. They must have been thinking what a lovely place this is. However a dark cloud was already apparent - the repair man was in attendance. Five mins later on my return journey the repair had been done and things returned to normal. The streets in every direction were clogged with cars and buses many pedestrians were waiting for green men and the whole placed looked terrible again.

The new man, Mr Levene, said he would be looking into traffic light sequences. Well look no further there is already conclusive evidence of how the sequencing can be improved - turn them off.
Just on a side issue something which helped enormously with cutting congestion and aiding the free flow of these additional new buses this morning was the failure of the traffic lights at the Holgate Road Blossom Street junction. I passed through there this morning and could tell something was different way before I got there - there was no traffic. On arriving at the junction there were no queues in any direction, few pedestrians waiting and many racegoers were wandering across or traffic free streets enjoying the fresh air. They must have been thinking what a lovely place this is. However a dark cloud was already apparent - the repair man was in attendance. Five mins later on my return journey the repair had been done and things returned to normal. The streets in every direction were clogged with cars and buses many pedestrians were waiting for green men and the whole placed looked terrible again. The new man, Mr Levene, said he would be looking into traffic light sequences. Well look no further there is already conclusive evidence of how the sequencing can be improved - turn them off. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 3

8:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

I WAS delighted to see that Councillor Dave Merrett was invited to the photocall for the launch of the new electric buses which are serving the A59 Park&Ride (The Press, June 12) - so says PH or is it PP?, what he forgot to mention was that Merrett was only invited because there was a spare seat to fill on the bus, as the drivers dog had run off when it caught site of Alexander.
I WAS delighted to see that Councillor Dave Merrett was invited to the photocall for the launch of the new electric buses which are serving the A59 Park&Ride (The Press, June 12) - so says PH or is it PP?, what he forgot to mention was that Merrett was only invited because there was a spare seat to fill on the bus, as the drivers dog had run off when it caught site of Alexander. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -15

10:16pm Sat 14 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Top score so far!
Top score so far! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 92

11:18pm Sat 14 Jun 14

bolero says...

notpedallingpaul wrote:
Top score so far!
Well PP or PH made sure of that of course.
[quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: Top score so far![/p][/quote]Well PP or PH made sure of that of course. bolero
  • Score: -88

10:17am Sun 15 Jun 14

bolero says...

bolero wrote:
notpedallingpaul wrote:
Top score so far!
Well PP or PH made sure of that of course.
What's happened to my -88? Pity he couldn't manipulate last night's football score.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: Top score so far![/p][/quote]Well PP or PH made sure of that of course.[/p][/quote]What's happened to my -88? Pity he couldn't manipulate last night's football score. bolero
  • Score: -91

10:59am Sun 15 Jun 14

mike.......durkin says...

if the bus is free to get on that will be the good thing.we can get a boute more
and the car can stay at home not to worry af paying it do put us off doing that.
if the bus is free to get on that will be the good thing.we can get a boute more and the car can stay at home not to worry af paying it do put us off doing that. mike.......durkin
  • Score: 59

7:10pm Sun 15 Jun 14

The OX says...

what a load of cobblers PP
what a load of cobblers PP The OX
  • Score: 22

8:03pm Sun 15 Jun 14

bolero says...

Note the scores now. Any more proof needed? PP=Pathetic Paul.
Note the scores now. Any more proof needed? PP=Pathetic Paul. bolero
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10:59pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Silver says...

I bet Councillor Merrett was delighted not to be quizzed about his last pet project Lendal Bridge
I bet Councillor Merrett was delighted not to be quizzed about his last pet project Lendal Bridge Silver
  • Score: -12

1:25am Mon 16 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

merrett seems to have been a good lad for a while, until loosing the plot some place, as Alenander the looser, never knew a plot, any plot
merrett seems to have been a good lad for a while, until loosing the plot some place, as Alenander the looser, never knew a plot, any plot Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -16

1:15pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Ageing Hippy says...

Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect)
Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect) Ageing Hippy
  • Score: -15

1:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Ageing Hippy wrote:
Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect)
The other alternative was for Paul Hepworth to give Merrett a croggy on the cross bar, but he probably went by car as this was an ESSENTIAL JOURNEY not to be confused with a car dependancy journey, and we all know the labrador saying don't we - 'Don't do as we do, do as we say'
[quote][p][bold]Ageing Hippy[/bold] wrote: Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect)[/p][/quote]The other alternative was for Paul Hepworth to give Merrett a croggy on the cross bar, but he probably went by car as this was an ESSENTIAL JOURNEY not to be confused with a car dependancy journey, and we all know the labrador saying don't we - 'Don't do as we do, do as we say' notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -17

3:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bolero says...

The OX wrote:
what a load of cobblers PP
Except cobblers are useful.
[quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: what a load of cobblers PP[/p][/quote]Except cobblers are useful. bolero
  • Score: -13

4:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Previous Labour-led administration.

Looking forward to the opportunity of making that comment a reality in the future.
Me too! If only we had an ex-Labour council.

As for Piddlin Paul's "car user's paradise"? Paul - you are only one who uses that expression. Everyone else lives in the real world. We all know life isn't perfect but there is so much more that could be done, if only this council would listen.
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Previous Labour-led administration. Looking forward to the opportunity of making that comment a reality in the future.[/p][/quote]Me too! If only we had an ex-Labour council. As for Piddlin Paul's "car user's paradise"? Paul - you are only one who uses that expression. Everyone else lives in the real world. We all know life isn't perfect but there is so much more that could be done, if only this council would listen. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -16

4:17pm Mon 16 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

sheps lad wrote:
Sycophant!
Funny but that was exactly the word I was going to use when I read the article.

Ever since the Lendal Bridge fiasco has ended (well the bridge is open and the council has buried any chance of an inquiry), there has been a procession of letter writers to The Press in support of this discredited Labour administration saying how well the council is doing.

Is this part of an orchestrated campaign they thought we wouldn't notice?

#councilconspiracy
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Sycophant![/p][/quote]Funny but that was exactly the word I was going to use when I read the article. Ever since the Lendal Bridge fiasco has ended (well the bridge is open and the council has buried any chance of an inquiry), there has been a procession of letter writers to The Press in support of this discredited Labour administration saying how well the council is doing. Is this part of an orchestrated campaign they thought we wouldn't notice? #councilconspiracy AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -16

7:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York."
Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?
"Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York." Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -13

11:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

growthorgreed says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
"Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York."
Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?
I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years.

On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not?
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York." Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?[/p][/quote]I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years. On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not? growthorgreed
  • Score: 31

6:51am Tue 17 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

growthorgreed wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
"Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York."
Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?
I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years.

On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not?
Paul Hepworth loves an argument, no one on here is stupid enough not to know this, he has a 'stock in trade' set of quotes that he rolls out time and again, to which he gets the response he was hoping, he is unashamedly a sycophant of the present labour council, Merrett in particular, who is a fellow cyclist, he's akin to a 'court jester', and to be honest if he didn't comment on these pages it would be totaly boring.
[quote][p][bold]growthorgreed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York." Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?[/p][/quote]I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years. On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not?[/p][/quote]Paul Hepworth loves an argument, no one on here is stupid enough not to know this, he has a 'stock in trade' set of quotes that he rolls out time and again, to which he gets the response he was hoping, he is unashamedly a sycophant of the present labour council, Merrett in particular, who is a fellow cyclist, he's akin to a 'court jester', and to be honest if he didn't comment on these pages it would be totaly boring. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -22

12:44pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

growthorgreed wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
"Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York."
Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?
I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years.

On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not?
I don't mind him being detached from reality or trying to wind people up but I do have an issue with people who make wild assertions such as "millions of car journeys". I ask for a source and if they can't provide it I simply write the statement off as ill informed or a lie.
[quote][p][bold]growthorgreed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "Collectively these have led so far to the removal of several million car journeys to and from central York." Really? I have read on several occasions here that official figures show that traffic in central York is the same as it was 10 years ago. Where did these several million trips go to?[/p][/quote]I thought that was blindingly obvious, since traffic levels in all other UK cities without fairly severe traffic management have risen dramatically over those same ten years. On a lighter note, I do enjoy the Pavlovian Canus response when Paul makes any comment about anything at all in the Press. I'm sure that he sometimes does it just to render a certain small and rather paranoid section of York's residents completely apoplectic. He's certainly succeeded this time, has he not?[/p][/quote]I don't mind him being detached from reality or trying to wind people up but I do have an issue with people who make wild assertions such as "millions of car journeys". I ask for a source and if they can't provide it I simply write the statement off as ill informed or a lie. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -12

2:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

Best tie a rope round Pauls feet........
Best tie a rope round Pauls feet........ Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: -17

3:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

sheddie says...

Bit OT, but has the Press stopped putting the letters online? Nothing new since Saturday...
Bit OT, but has the Press stopped putting the letters online? Nothing new since Saturday... sheddie
  • Score: 3

11:25am Fri 20 Jun 14

thinkingoutsidethebox says...

Ageing Hippy wrote:
Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect)
I guess he begged a lift (not a croggy) because I don't believe he is a driver - which may be why he doesn't like cars. A lot of us are old enough to remember when there was a lot more traffic of all types in York and it worked a lot better then. Traffic calming measures (woof) are a means of income through VAT on car repairs. Traffic lights should work correctly and not have stagnant vehicles which cause emissions - air quality in York is not a stagnant thing which remains in one area, air is a transient thing which moves around. It would be easy to reduce car numbers by having a driving test every three years to see if your still up to the mark - there are a lot of bad drivers. BUT that is unlikely as the income from cars is huge.... purchase of car, VAT, running costs, VAT, fuel, VAT - not to mention FINES, and on a good note employment..........
.....and I'm not fixated with this but the green buses are largely running empty (not seen one of them with more than four passengers). Early days maybe - but the wonder bus to Leeds Airport never had more than a handful of passengers and was withdrawn.
[quote][p][bold]Ageing Hippy[/bold] wrote: Very commendable, just one question, how did merret travel to this photo call, was it by bus or bicycle? (neither I suspect)[/p][/quote]I guess he begged a lift (not a croggy) because I don't believe he is a driver - which may be why he doesn't like cars. A lot of us are old enough to remember when there was a lot more traffic of all types in York and it worked a lot better then. Traffic calming measures (woof) are a means of income through VAT on car repairs. Traffic lights should work correctly and not have stagnant vehicles which cause emissions - air quality in York is not a stagnant thing which remains in one area, air is a transient thing which moves around. It would be easy to reduce car numbers by having a driving test every three years to see if your still up to the mark - there are a lot of bad drivers. BUT that is unlikely as the income from cars is huge.... purchase of car, VAT, running costs, VAT, fuel, VAT - not to mention FINES, and on a good note employment.......... .....and I'm not fixated with this but the green buses are largely running empty (not seen one of them with more than four passengers). Early days maybe - but the wonder bus to Leeds Airport never had more than a handful of passengers and was withdrawn. thinkingoutsidethebox
  • Score: -15

8:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

JasBro says...

Mr Hepworth and Councillor Merrett have both failed miserably.

Increased congestion and increased pollution from the same amount of traffic, and stagnant cycling numbers.

From every available statistical analysis, comes the proof of their failure.

While they pat each other on the back, York chokes.
Mr Hepworth and Councillor Merrett have both failed miserably. Increased congestion and increased pollution from the same amount of traffic, and stagnant cycling numbers. From every available statistical analysis, comes the proof of their failure. While they pat each other on the back, York chokes. JasBro
  • Score: -14

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