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Steve Farrell  says:

Government boost for bike scheme

A scheme helping young people get to work or college by providing them with scooters has won a £50,000 government grant. The scheme subsidises hire of scooters to young people in rural areas where public transport is poor. The grant is for the Motorcycle Industry Association to expand the initiative nationally.Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Helping young people access jobs...

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Jan 11

Posts: 124

petedj says:

£50k pathetic?

Wow that must be 10 scooters nationwide. Jeez you won't be able to move for them.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8400

snev says:

oh I get it.....

They have caught the Ducati thieves and confiscated their scooters... Lol.

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Dec 10

Posts: 12021

preunit says:

Oh well

One less pothole filled then.:unsure::biggrin:

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Apr 12

Posts: 143

69Fastback says:

Different UK governments over the last three decades. have researched the practicalities, environmental and cost effectiveness of using outmoded commercial transport over heavy road vehicles. This included: Rail, Canal...This may have also lead to a revival of our canal system, with more abandoned routes being made navigable again. So, why not apply that logic to commuter transport. A bit like Boris did with cycle hire in Congestion Charging London.

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May 09

Posts: 268

JustBe says:


Sorry but who will ride bikes any more? The way the government is going you wont be able to ride one until you're 40.

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Jul 09

Posts: 146

burningbush says:

Even if the Tories gave everyone a spanking new bike of their dreams I still would hate the %$£^&$*^!

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Sep 09

Posts: 896

Rogerborg says:

Another scam that helps the helpless

It does matter that it's scooters.  It's just more handouts to the Benefits Class who've invested their time in learning how to fill in forms.

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Where's the catch? This smacks of a government scheme to prove their own distorted casualty figures via the back door, by effectively sponsoring human crash test dummies to assist with their desire to legislate us all off the road.

I'm probably being paranoid and hope I am, but how can you trust ANYTHING that comes from the houses of parliament these days?

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Oct 08

Posts: 22

rural scooters

There are a number of flaws in this theory.

1. rural roads can have sharp bends and they dont get gritted in the winter making it virtually impossible to use a bike safely 52 weeks a year - so what happens when it is frosty/icy if there is no bus - put a sidecar on it?

2. If your bike/scooter isnt capable of doing 55 all the time you will get cut up by maniacs in cars and lorries.

This is a cop out for not providing decent public transport in rural areas. In our area they are cutting buses leaving a two hourly service or a dial a ride service (now if that was on the back of a bike :-) )


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May 11

Posts: 28

Kando says:

Give with one hand... Take away with the other!

Gov - "Here is a nice new scooter"

Kid - "Brilliant, I like this fancy a proper bike now"

Gov - "No problem just need to spend five years completing 3 different tests and spend thousands ££'s!, Have a nice day!"

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