February 28th, 2010
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February 28th, 2010
February 23rd, 2010
UNIFORM ISSUE FOR 2010
YOU WILL FIND IN YOUR LOCKERS THE ORDER FORM FOR THE 2010 UNIFORM ISSUE.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU PRINT YOUR NAME AND PAYROLL NUMBER ON THE FORM BEFORE RETURNING TO ME. I NEED THE FORMS BACK BY 8TH MARCH 2010.
THREE NEW PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN ADDED, GLOVES, SCARF AND BELTS
AND I HAVE A SAMPLE OF THESE SHOULD YOU WISH TO VIEW THEM WITH THE INTENTION OF ORDERING.
PLEASE ONLY ORDER WHAT YOU REALLY NEED AND ENSURE YOUR SIZES ARE CORRECT.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE COME AND SEE ME. THANKS
COMPLETED FORMS CAN EITHER BE GIVEN TO ME IN PERSON OR PLACED IN THE SILVER TIN AND THE DUTY MANAGERS WILL THEN PASS TO ME FOR PROCESSING.
February 21st, 2010
February 21st, 2010
February 19th, 2010
DELAYS 7TH MARCH 2010
There will be minor delays on the Service 300 in the Wycombe town centre from 12.30 to 13.30 due to a procession.
February 18th, 2010
Up to 10cm of heavy snow could be on its way to Bucks, according to the Met Office.
According to an announcement on the Met Office’s official website, rain and sleet is likely to turn to heavy snow at times and could give accumulations of 2cm to 5cm in places, and up to 10cm on higher ground.
The public are being advised to take extra care and refer to the Highways Agency for further advice on road conditions on motorways and trunk roads.
The warning applies from 10.30am to 9pm tonight (Thursday February 18).
February 16th, 2010
A very interesting article regarding a cyclist views on the cycle paths in Oxford
Courtesy of the Oxford and Chiltern Bus page
On the matter of cyclists
Paul who lives around Oxford has written with some more views on cycling in Oxford. He has some comments which are worthy of airing on this page which has recorded varying views on this matter.
As someone who commutes through Headington daily on my bike, I thought I might take the opportunity to try to answer the question you pose on your web page:
?? Can our cyclist friends therefore please tell us why, when beautiful new surfaces have been provided, STILL cyclists use the road going to and from Headington near Oxford?
The short answer is safety and convenience.
I assume you’re referring to the cycle path between Headley Way and Osler Road (by the Shell Garage), but this applies to most on-pavement cycle paths.
If I use the on-pavement cycle path, I am at risk from vehicles emerging from side roads, who typically do not stop at the give way line short of the cycle lane, but instead stop blocking the cycle lane. Further, I am required to give way at the pedestrian crossing (where the cycle path stops and continues 100m later) and I am required to give way again when the cycle path rejoins the main road.
Although the pavement has been resurfaced, it rises and falls with every side road and entrance, and is like riding over some of the worst speed bumps you have ever encountered. Where the path crosses side roads, the lane is reduced to half width because the council didn’t drop the kerb properly.
Another risk is posed by pedestrians, who rarely notice the marked cycle path. Next time you drive a long this stretch of road, see if it remains unobstructed for its entire length. I bet you it won’t.
Contrast this with staying on the road and using the lane that is clearly signed and marked as being both a bus and cycle lane. I may have to stop at the pedestrian crossing, but other than that, I do not have to give way at all, and can cycle in a lane that is flat, and unobstructed by pedestrians, parked cars or turning traffic.
?? With a 20mph speed limit now in force these cyclists now overtake those road users who obey the law.
Very few cyclists will exceed 20mph on the flat. Most will travel at 10-15mph.
?? Is this also another law which cyclists are not obliged to abide by?
Actually, yes it is. Speed limits do not apply to cyclists, but that’s beside the point.
?? Certainly for a vast majority they do not "see" red traffic lights, ride on pavements when it suits and generally behave as though they own the roads they neither pay for or contribute to.
Please do not tar us all with the same brush.
I stop at red lights. I do not cycle on pavements. I pay Vehicle Excise Duty on three vehicles.
Please try to see this from my perspective:
If I cycle on the road (as I am legally allowed to do) I am harassed by motorists who can’t understand why I wouldn’t use an on-pavement cycle path.
If I cycle on the pavement, it’s more dangerous (to both me and pedestrians), it’s less comfortable, and it’s slower.
What would you do?
Cyclists who don’t follow the rules make me angry too, because of the damage that they do to the reputation of all cyclists.
Unfortunately, it’s a vicious circle: for as long as the provisions that are made for cyclists remain substandard and in many cases don’t follow the rules laid down for road design, it’s easy to understand why so many cyclists don’t take the rules seriously.
"Speeding" is an offence that applies only to motor vehicles. Cyclists can be done for cycling "furiously", "dangerously" or "carelessly and inconsiderately". I’d be only too happy to see more cyclists done for the latter two.
I am pleased to publish Paul’s views as they reveal something of the views of many cyclists in our city. No doubt there will be those who do not agree with all of what Paul says but it might be worth the authorities looking at the cycle lanes provided which do not seem to offer what cyclists need. Until this is resolved we will have cyclists mixing with buses in Headington which cannot be totally safe.
February 10th, 2010
Courtesy of Bucks CC website
Work at the Horse and Jockey junction, Aylesbury, is ahead of schedule, resulting in the reopening of Elmhurst Road to through traffic on February 15 one week earlier than planned.
Its closure has allowed the first phase of improvement works by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TFB), needed as a result of further housing development at Weedon Hill, to go ahead speedily. TFB used the opportunity to improve the way the traffic lights work, and rectify construction defects on the approaches to the junction that emerged in the past 12 months.
Phase two, involving rebuilding a 100 metre section of Weedon Road from its junction with Buckingham Road, will start on the same day. This section of Weedon Road will close for five weeks to ensure the safety of the public and the site workforce, and TFB aims to finish by 19 March.
The initial traffic delays significantly improved as engineers made alterations to traffic light phasing, and motorists found alternative routes. Throughout the second phase engineers will continue to monitor the junction and make alterations to traffic lights where necessary.
Brian Roberts, Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman for transportation, said: ‘We want to give residents and motorists as much notice as possible about these essential improvement works, and we apologise for any delays caused as a result. We really appreciate their patience and cooperation and we’re pulling out all the stops to get these works completed ahead of schedule. I’m optimistic that we can open the road earlier than planned.’
February 10th, 2010