Guess what my new years resolution is going to be?
Loads going on at the moment particularly on the cycling front:
The showers that I have lobbied 2 years for have been installed at work this week. There are 2 of us cyclists on the 4th floor who will make use of them straight away and also we have a group of lunchtime runners who will welcome them too.
We have bike racks too, but I had to give up my allocated parking space to have them installed. Some cheeky bugger parked his motorbike (badly) in that bay on the first day the racks were available. I was livid! It didn’t belong to anyone on my floor and possibly wasn’t a Sage employee either but the simple solution was for me to claim the first rack on each subsequent day and there was no way a m-bike could squeeze past to the other spaces. 4 of the 10 racks are used, which is okay for this time of year. I know of a couple of people who were waiting for showers before committing to cycling so in the new year and into spring I hope to see the rack close to full. Then we can claim the next space along!
I’ve been pestering people about Sustran’s Connect2 bid for £50m of lottery money. Phone lines for the public vote closed today and result is announced on Wednesday. The TV coverage was poor with each of the 4 schemes being given 15 minutes around 11pm at night before this weekend’s phone vote. I haven’t a clue how the voting has gone – let’s hope it’s rigged and we’ve put forward the biggest back-hander! Nobody contacted me about ay of the rival bids though each of them will have strength from local votes which Sustrans didn’t have. There was local publicity for many of the 79 Connect2 schemes across England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland and being such a modern organisation Sustrans was using its websites, e-mails to the 2,500 volunteer rangers & 30,000+ supporters and even had 2 Facebook groups each with over 1,000 friends to raise support.
Let’s hope we’ve won, though at a recent Sustrans meeting it was pointed out that the organisation would be pleased that the campaign would raise the general public’s awareness of our existance even if the money doesn’t come our way.