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Old 03-13-08, 04:16 AM   #1
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NIMBY attitudes towards cyclists - "the woman who stops traffic"

Preaching to the choir here but if any of you get the chance to watch (and friends and family) "The woman who stops traffic" do so as it's an excellent insight in just how much of a death grip the average motorist has on their steering wheel. Also, just how many excuses they'll come up with just to resist change even if the alternatives are demonstrably quicker than driving.

Basically, the series is about a conflict resolution/management consultant who is asked to try and un-jam three completely grid locked places. A village (Marlow, Buckinghamshire), a town (Boston, Lincolnshire) and a city (Durham, County Durham). Very interesting and a little frustrating to watch (Lots of "I'd drive less if there was less traffic" comments).

www.channel4.com/lifestyle/green/woman_stops_traffic/

The TV programs are available free online here - http://www.channel4.com/4od/index.html

Just to give some idea the episode about the city of Durham. All the facilities are available and convenient (park and ride, good public transport, cycle lanes, pedestrian facilities, etc) but very few people actually used them. They preferred to sit in single occupant vehicles in bumper to bumper traffic.

It was the same in the village and the town but the complaints were that there were no facilities. Makes you wonder about water, horses and drinking

Anyhoo, lots of pester power seemed to have changed a few key attitudes and word of mouth did the rest, i.e., get a few committed car users out of their cars and maybe the rest will follow. Definitely worth watching the whole series. Changing attitudes in a village and a city was possible but it seems the fattest town in uk (the UK being the fattest country in Europe) was the most apathetic.

STRONGLY recommend you folks get as many people as possible to watch the first and last parts of the series. Then get them to watch the episode on Boston, Lincolnshire, to show people what extreme apathy can do.

http://www.google.com/search?num=100...fic%22&spell=1
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Old 03-13-08, 04:38 AM   #2
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I saw the episode on Durham t'other night but didn't realise it were series.

I wouldn't mind seeing the one on Boston as it supposed to be the fattest town in England (and full of small-minded proles as well).
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I saw the episode on Durham t'other night but didn't realise it were series.

I wouldn't mind seeing the one on Boston as it supposed to be the fattest town in England (and full of small-minded proles as well).
That's the funny thing. The council estate "Fenside" were the most willing to change. It was the more well off who didn't want to know, at least in Boston. Thankfully this wasn't true for Marlow and Durham.

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It's available on torrents if you can't find a UK proxy to use. A few other people outside of Europe have had to be a little creative to watch the programs (one guy had a British relative record them for him).

It's that or the Chinese thought please blocking channel 4 because of multiple negative reports on the Beijing and regional administration.
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...or I could have not checked the links in the first post, Doh!

www.channel4.com/lifestyle/green/woman_stops_traffic/
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