Up the Down Escalator

I can’t say I was looking forward to this morning: a couple of hours spent at the Coonsil in order to speak at the planning committee. One of the depressing things about cycle campaigning is that it turns out you don’t end up spending much time thinking up lovely new cycling routes you’d like to see and making positive suggestions about how to get them – instead you spend the bulk of your time fighting off plans that will make things worse. And even more depressing is the fact that this isn’t because of some evil sinister anti-bike lobby, but because 99% of the people involved with the council (or anything really) give absolutely no thought to the impact something might have on cycling and no clue about what is required, so it’s your job to be constantly alert to everything that’s going on and spend your evenings reading planning documents, and your mornings in meetings where people say things like ‘this would have to be considered a Section 69 matter’, just in order to prevent some piece of idiocy happening before it’s too late. Like making people dash across a 60mph road in a ‘gap in the traffic’ (in the words of the roads officer) in order to get to the hospital, to take an instance at random.

So I wasn’t in the best of moods when I got to town, despite some sparkling winter sunshine, but I had fifteen minute to kill and so I took the Brompton on a tour of the bridges of Bigtown and reminded myself that it’s not a half bad place, all things considered.

Suspension bridge

A miracle really.

Devorgilla bridge

Refreshed, I went in, said my piece, fielded some not unintelligent questions from the councillors, and left feeling somewhat hopeful that a massive own goal can somehow be avoided as long as we keep up the pressure. But oh how much better it would be if we didn’t have to battle every step of the way just to keep things from getting worse…

blue skies

Normally at this time of year I would be tantalising you with deep blue Colorado winter skies. This will have to do…


4 Responses to Up the Down Escalator

  1. bob says:

    I think I have blue sky envy. Carry on.

  2. Anoop says:

    Keep up the good work! I have faith that people will eventually see sense, although it may take many years…

  3. disgruntled says:

    @Bob – don’t worry they’ve gone now!
    @Anoop – it’s blind unsupported optimism like that that keeps me going…

  4. […] The Brompton and I continued to battle the coonsil https://cityexile.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/up-the-down-escalator/ – but at least, together, we survived Christmas […]

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