DING DONG , PTA CALLING

Personal Travel Advisers are about to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting public as part of the government’s Sustainable Transport Strategy. They will be calling door to door, as many times as necesssary until they catch you in, to interrogate you about your travel habits and to advise you of ways of reducing your carbon footprint, for example by providing maps and timetables for public transport. They will even offer incentives such as vouchers for discounts at cycle and outdoors shops.
One of my neighbours took advantage of a little heard of government scheme whereby if you cycled to work, or said you did, even if it was only one day a week, the government would contribute considerably to the cost of a bike. Being a good, solid, new labourite my neighbour( two car family, holiday home in France, two children both grown up, left home and working) took up the offer, although I’m sure she never cycled to work(however she did occasionally work from home so maybe she got on her bike and cycled from the garage to the front door) Anyway, she bought this mountain bike for an exhorbitant sum, about £1200 I believe, of which the government contributed 75% or thereabouts and then, guess what? she gave up work two months later. Did see her loading her bike onto the back of her car yesterday though so she could go for a ride. We live on the edge of the Peak District, why does she need to drive anywhere to go for a bike ride?
But I digress on that little personal rant. The question is, how thick does the government think we are. Here’s the answer, a couple pictured in today’s Times to illustrate the article, claim that although they had seen a bus passing close to their house for several years they had no idea where it went. I suppose we ought to be grateful they recognised it was a bus. One really can’t expect them, given today’s numeracy and literacy problems to have read a destination, usually displayed on the front and nearside of buses or to recognise the numbers displayed on the front and rear of buses. It is obviously too much to expect that thay would think about going to the local bus stop to see if there was a timetable (Duh 1×2=2)or contacting the transport company for information.
Transport for London’s Director of Travel said, “Often people have not used buses since their youth. All they need is information about routes, times and fares.” Which surely can be found by any self respecting human capable of breathing and walking at the same time without a tax-payer funded squadron of super-nannies to come and sort it out for them.

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