Videos of the Pedal on Parliament 2015 Speeches

This year I have created a series of videos of the speeches at the Pedal on Parliament rally, and I have made them available on YouTube. A full YouTube playlist is available.

Introductions by David Brennan

Briana Pegado, President of Edinburgh Students Union

Derek Mackay Scotland Transport Minister

Cameron Buchanan, Conservative Party

Sarah Boyack, Labour Party

Willie Rennie, Liberal Democrats Party

Emilia Hanna, Friends of the Earth

Allison Johnstone, Green Party

Bruce Whitehead, Left Unity Party

Caroline Barr spoken by Sally Hinchcliffe

Closing Thank Yous by David Brennan

Live performance of the Cowboy Builder Song. (Original)

 

Suffolk Roadsafe to bring road safety campaign to many more travellers

After complaints about significantly increased levels of aggression on the roads, I’ve heard about some radical new plans by Suffolk’s Roadsafe team to make sure that their education programme gets to every road user in Suffolk. The poster campaigns, tv adverts, the website, and road shows are only allowing them to talk to a very small proportion of people who drive, cycle, or walk in Suffolk.

From today, 1st April 2015 the Suffolk Roadsafe team will be out running roadblocks on every entry point to the county, with some other roadblocks at strategic locations. Minor roads on the county boundary will be closed to motor traffic. At the roadblocks drivers will be asked random questions from the driving theory test. If the driver passes then be allowed on their way.

If drivers struggle with the questions the driver will be held to get some additional training. This is likely to affect people who have forgotten the rules of the road since passing their driving test, or passed it a long time ago and not kept up with the new rules since.

They are also planning to provide a variety of pedal cycles so that drivers can experience what it feels like to be someone on a bicycle. Random drivers will be selected for this to encourage more mutual respect between modes, through experiencing what it’s like using the other modes of transport.

Train passengers are not forgotten about either as the Roadsafe team will be working with Abellio Greater Anglia to broadcast information over the tannoy, and road safety information leaflets being given to passengers.

There will be long delays on the roads, however they are hoping this scheme will make the roads a friendlier place for all road users. If drivers continue drive without courtesy to others the Roadsafe team are looking to work with Westminster to pass some new laws, which mean that anyone who can’t pass a driving test at a random point in the future will have their driving license revoked.

Happy April Fools Day.