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  1. I have family members who are teachers. they've tried to explain this to me. no-one really cares about Pisa rankings. people *really* care about the performance of their kids' school. pretend you're a teacher, under pressure to get the best results you can for your class. which pupils do you choose to distract with the pisa tests? - your A-star pupils, who are buckling down for their GCSE's? or, to paraphrase one family member : 'the B team' ...
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    People going to work on bikes.

    It's just taken me an hour and a half to drive ~9 miles. Saw a cyclist being stretchered off abbeydale road this morning. Driving is crap, I don't want to do it, but I really don't feel I've got much of a choice. So I'll be back in the car tomorrow.
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    People going to work on bikes.

    in an ideal world, or, the Netherlands. "Totally outdated form of transport for a city" it's cheap, clean, small, fast, safe, healthy, fun, reliable, accessible, etc. sounds very suitable for a city. it's cars that are out of place.
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    Sheffield council reshuffle

    It's one of the worst cycle lanes ever made anywhere ever. The constant level changes. The crossings where you have to dash across busy junctions between phases - even though you can't see any of the lights. It doesn't go from anywhere, to anywhere. It disappears in the middle. Using it slows you down significantly (Vs the road). Etc. Worst of all, it's held up as an example of of a proper cycle route. It's bloody awful.
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    Sheffield council reshuffle

    go to the Netherlands, watch while 3 kids pile into the front of a family cargo bike, with a load of shopping.
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    Sheffield council reshuffle

    I am hopeful that this council re-shuffle is a sign that they want to do things a little better - and a better approach to transport is very much part of that. In the Netherlands, a lot of people get around on bikes, but their government wants to encourage/enable even more bike travel. So they're still building more+better bike routes, and it's working. Even in the flat Netherlands, if you want people to choose to cycle, you need to make it safe. 50 years ago they were as car-centric as we were (still are). They changed it with decent bike routes. We're getting better at building short stretches of half-decent bike routes, we're still catastrophically bad at making them join up. It's not the terrain, it's the infrastructure (the Dutch keep building, and more people keep using it).
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    Sheffield council reshuffle

    i'll confess i largely agree with you, cars are just a terribly inefficient way of moving large numbers of people. but the benefits of giving people not-car options become more pressing by the day. example : California spent 1.6billion dollars widening a freeway (the 405?), and only a few years later, traffic is worse than ever.
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    Sheffield council reshuffle

    we've never really tried. and it works in countries where they have.
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    Climate change protests

    A few things. 1) 'no upward trend over the last 15 years' : this simply isn't true. Not even close. 2) the suggestion that temperature should *immediately* rise in step with emissions is naïve, in the extreme. It might surprise you to hear that the earth's climate has just a little bit of lag. Decades at least. 3) the article goes on to claim that CO2 isn't even a greenhouse gas. 4) we're getting our science from oil funded financial websites? I could go on, but I really shouldn't have to.
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    People going to work on bikes.

    i'm not sure why you're turning this into a 'thing' other countries can do it, easily. it really isn't a problem. I've been on more than a few trains/trams, with my bike. yes, more than a few bikes, and we'd probably need to fit some kind of rack. you could design it to hold bikes, you could call it a 'bike rack' ...
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    Climate change protests

    Fwiw, I suspect that's per passenger...
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    People going to work on bikes.

    it works really well in countries where they do it. when you say 'fraught with problems' you mean : they need to install some kind of bike rack. today was/is a ride-to-work day, the rain was a bit annoying, how did i cope ? - i wore a jacket.
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    People going to work on bikes.

    Er, yes. Seems reasonable (except your weird analogy). There's a tram stop about 2 miles from my house. I wouldn't walk that far to use a tram into the city centre, or beyond - Rotherham. But 2 miles is only an easy 10 minutes by bike. Letting people take their bikes on public transport opens lots of options for long-distance car-free travel. It works really well in places where they try it. Right now, this very minute, thousands of people in the Netherlands are on a train/tram, with their bike. But, this is Britain, where transport planning = cars.
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    People going to work on bikes.

    It turns out, that exercise is good for us, it's kind of hard to get it wrong. Want to know what's *really* bad for your health? - not exercising. Which is another reason to create safe cycle routes, and another reason why it would more or less pay for itself.
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    Climate Change thread

    wind turbines : there's a massive loss of efficiency at the small scale. (don't build 1,000,000 small turbines, put all the resources into one really big one) solar panels : they're still quite expensive, adding a lot of cost to already expensive houses. (an array of meaningful size will cost thousands, with 10-20 years payback)
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