Thursday, November 19, 2009

Illegal Cyclists to Receive £30 Fixed Penalty Notices in Skegness

Reading an article in the Skegness Standard title: Illegal cyclists to receive £30 fixed penalty notices in Skegness :

A new Skegness police initiative called Operation Riviera was launched October 2009. The aim is to reduce illegal cycling on pavements by giving cyclists a fixed penalty £30 fine!

PCSO Dave Bunker from Skegness' neighbourhood policing team said: "The local team has received a number of complaints about cyclists using pavements and pedestrianised areas to cycle around the town and there are genuine concerns someone is going to be seriously hurt if we can't put a stop to it."

In priniciple I understand these concerns, but and it's a big but, how are young cyclists in Skegness to enjoy cycling, where can they go?

Been a while since I cycled, but when I did I spent a fair amount of time on the pavements and getting a £30 fine is dumb IF you are riding carefully.

A bigger issue are the mobility scooters that go much faster than a push bike and are prevalent on Skegness paths.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Italy Facts

I like Italy, so here's a few random facts about the country.

Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the
peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King

Geographic coordinates: 42 50 N, 12 50 E

border countries: Austria, France, Holy See (Vatican
City), San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland

Natural resources:
mercury, potash, marble, sulfur, natural gas and crude oil
reserves, fish, coal, arable land

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.4 years
male: 76.47 years
female: 82.52 years (2003 est.)

Languages: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are
predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking
minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking
minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)

Government type: republic

Capital: Rome