BYC Virtual Bedminster Youth Club

On the Move!

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This is from 2017, what is out there now? ? ? ? ?

There is a lot of talk about how we have an opportunity to do things differently from now on. How we have this incredible opportunity to rebuild our entire world in a completely different way. That’s going to be difficult, but maybe there are some simple things we can do. Some simple ways to help the planet and ourselves.

This week I have been considering how we move ourselves about. I don’t mean exercise or sport, I mean transport. I love walking and used some of the past few months restrictions to explore my local area.

I discovered what I called “BS3 I have not known”, the places and spaces that have always been there but I hadn’t really realised. This led me to ‘discovering’ (it was always there!) that temporarily abandoned bus route track round the back of Ashton Vale that I wrote about weeks ago. I will always walk given the opportunity.

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Or cycle. I love being on my old bike. It’s 9 years old and has taken a battering over the years. I used to commute across the Somerset levels on it. About 30 miles a day, and on some weeks I’d do that 3 or 4 times a week. You quickly learn that it is not rain, but wind that is your enemy. Especially on the levels where there is sometimes no protection at all.

Electric bikes may well be the future. It seems utterly stupid for a single adult human to drive a petrol driven car designed for 4 or 5 people, into the middle of a city centre.

Have you noticed how many e-scooters are on the road/pavement/grass at the moment? This was the future when I was growing up. That and hoverboards. I used to see a man on one of those electronic wheels zooming through the city centre. That did seem like the future had arrived.

Here’s someone whizzing around San Francisco on a Solowheel. Nicely named, not so sure about the Swagtron Swagroller though.

This is what people of the past thought the future might be like in cartoon form.

E Scooters have caused some controversy. This is a good clip from the USA that highlights some of the issues. What do you think?

This is from the BBC website

“Are e-scooters legal in the UK? Currently, you can buy one but you can’t ride it on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement. Anyone who does is committing an offence. The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land, with the permission of the landowner.”

This is from the government. It’s a bit complicated but put simply, they think they are probably a good idea but they want to do some research before giving them the green light.

“E-scooters could be a fast and clean way to travel that eases the burden on the transport network and allows for social distancing. Before we can decide whether to fully legalise them and determine the rules that should apply, we need to understand their impacts. That means gathering evidence on their safety, how people use them, whether the potential benefits can be realised, and how to manage the downsides. Therefore, we will run controlled trials, with local areas, starting trials much sooner and in many more places. We are consulting on proposed regulations that would allow trials to begin and set the rules e-scooter users must follow.”

So be patient. It will probably happen, but before it does they can not be ridden on roads or pavements, only private land with permission. So, your back garden (!) a rich friend’s field, but not the car park by Halfords. Which is ironic because you can buy e scooters in Halfords. Lol.

Yes, I’m nearly 50 and said Lol. I’m reclaiming it for older people, by making younger people pull that face when older people try to use their words.

The garden at the URC is coming on nicely, I’ll take some photos this week and post them in the blog next week. In the meantime, keep on walking, cycling and scooting,

Simon.

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Food Club support worker and Lead Youth Worker at Bedminster Youth Club.

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