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  1. They have strong winds though which can be just as tough. The route I think you mean is a widened footpath near parkwood springs. It won't be lit and will not be suitable terrain for all cycles. It's being funded mainly by sustrans who maintain the transpennine trail - which as an example is often covered in mud and flooded in parts.
  2. There is a surcharge for taxi drop off and pick up at Manchester airport you're looking at £15-20 at least, each way from Hazel Grove. I normally pay £12-15 for a prebooked minicab from Stockport station. Stockport bus station will soon be rebuilt and linked by a short walk to the train station. Perhaps in time for these timetable changes.
  3. There is a non-stop bus from Stockport bus station which takes the motorway to the airport. It takes about 10-15 mins but is timetabled as longer to account for traffic delays. It costs £2.50. https://www.highpeakbuses.com/bus-services/skyline-199/
  4. I've requested this be fixed on a couple of occasions and on the second it was dug up and relaid (poorly) several years ago. A guy I know who works in the industry in the area said the contractor is notoriously poor. I don't think the gully is actually connected to any local drainage which is the source of the problem. The gully is full of water days after it's rained. The only outlet is evaporation and the fact it's always wet contributes to it's regular collapses. The scale of the problem is more related to the pedestrians and the business premises there which get soaked with muddy waves of water metres high each time a bus or a tram plough through it thoughtlessly.
  5. Couldn't agree more with this. I've lived in the area longer than 7 years and it's the worst I've ever known it. It's not just the ususal boy racers either. It's the school mums in their SUVs too.
  6. The scooters I've used in other countries are restricted to about 15mph. They're widely used on small roads and bike tracks. Can't see why we couldn't allow the same here if we modify our city centre streets for people instead of 2 tonne metal boxes.
  7. Give you a ticket for that "causing a hazard to yourself and others" law breaking did they? Just because they stopped you doesn't mean they did so lawfully. As I can too attest to after having been stopped and breathalysed without due cause.
  8. This is a common misconception. The road traffic act 1984 and rule 124 of the highway code through which speed limits are enforced refer and apply to motor vehicles only. There is no offence of travelling in excess of the speed limit on a bicycle or other form of non-motorised travel. The offence of wanton and furious cycling makes no mention of speed and in any case can only be applied in the case of an accident where serious injury or death has ooccurred. It is an offence against the person and not a highway law therefore a cyclist cannot even be legally stopped by police simply for being over the motor vehicle speed limit. The other offence police use is careless and inconsiderate riding but speed by itself has never been prosecuted in this way.
  9. Does the speed limit apply to e-bikes? I would imagine their not classified as motor vehicles and so not subject to the motor vehicle speed restrictions.
  10. You can book through a travel agent, though I wouldn't recommend it if you are on a budget. Sometimes you can find a deal often it's a lot more expensive. I've done Alpe d'Huez, booking my own accommodation direct, then taking my own gear in the car. Bought the lift pass in resort. The things you need to think about about are 1. What resort do you want to go to - cost, family friendly, night life, good ski school, easy runs, hard runs etc? 2. How will you get there - flights and transfers or drive. 3. Do you need to hire equipment? 4. Do you need a ski school? 5. How much is the lift pass? Quite honestly I wouldn't ski in France by choice. The resorts and skiing aren't that great value. Lots of people go just to be seen there. In Europe I'd go to Austria, Italy, Bulgaria or Andorra. The cheapest way I've found is flights to Thessoloniki and bus transfer to Bansko. Alternatively if you have the money to spend on Val d'Isere you'll likely find much better value resorts and higher quality skiing spending a week in North America. Ski magazines and websites often have advice for resort choice. Most resorts have their own tourist websites which list accommodation, ski schools, equipment hire, lift passes etc.
  11. A while back they said they were having trouble attracting chefs to keep the place running. Apparently Brexit Britain was not a place they wanted to come to and were preferring Germany instead.
  12. Mine clearly was, it's just that you seem not to have taken the points onboard. What that proposition in practice means is scrapping VED. It's blatant cakeism. Why 'shift' VED to fuel? How about putting VED on income tax, or insurance premium tax, or whatever? It's a tax designed to raise revenue to pay for public services.
  13. I think there's a fundamental flaw in the inherent assumptions at play in this discussion in as much as people seem to think that VED and fuel duty are somehow designed to pay for roads, they aren't. As the house of commons transport committee puts it As with all taxes, the best way to prevent avoidance is to spread the costs in multiple ways. VED is higher on big cars mostly because drivers of big cars can afford to pay a bit more tax. Roads are largely paid for, not from general taxation, but from council tax. Indeed the costs of motoring, roads, pollution, injuries and related issues result in a subsidy from tax payers to motorists. Reflecting these costs in fuel duty alone would be over 15p/km or a pump price, based on average mpg of over £2.70 per litre. All that said, I'd like to see VED or some other tax include some element of vehicle weight and therefore road damage caused.
  14. I saw what I thought was a golden labrador this morning running along the A57 towards Hollow Meadows, near the Mortimer Rd junction. There didn't appear to be any owners around so I circled back when it was safe to turn around, to look for it. Unfortunately I couldn't find it. Thought I'd post it here in case anyone knows of a lost dog fitting the description.
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