Tuesday, September 09, 2008

No Shit Sherlock.

From the Indo.

"The Dublin Transportation Office has announced new plans to encourage people to help solve the traffic problem by leaving the car at home more often.

The message is if those who live and work in the greater Dublin area were to use alternative means to travel to work at least once a week, it would go a long way.

As part of the One Small Step Pedometer Challenge over 1,000 employees from 17 firms will be walking some of the world's highest peaks without leaving their offices."

Great! So what are the new plans? Let hear 'em. Does it involve transporter beams? Hover boards??
I walked to the gym to day. My jeans are still soaked. If I was walking to work I wouldn't want to sit around in soggy clothes all day long. And public transport is dandy, except when it's raining, then it gets later and busier and hit and miss. I remember standing at a bus stop and watching buses go by without stopping. Some routes are better than others, but it can be painful to rely on public transport in Dublin's fair city.
DId I mention the rain? It rains in Ireland, A LOT. Velly wet it is. Would you walk to work in the rain? Would you be willing to walk BACK from work, after a long day, in the rain.
Wonder what these new plans are? What 'alternative means' are they referring to?



Anonymous Shebah said...

The kind of boffin who suggests and promotes this kind of idea would usually have a driver, a long wheelbase extra comfy limo with squishy seats and darkened windows(provided free by the state) so he can gloat out at the lumpen proles walking to work in the rain.

1:43 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't mind walking anywhere, but public transport has got to be improved before the 'man' starts demanding people stop using private cars.

3:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Emily Hessian-Sacke said...

Why cant people use their chaffeurs to drive them to work, I would have thought that was obvious.

3:15 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

They should bring back Hansom cabs. Good for the environment too.

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Indeed, Missus. I have been putting my mind to getting to Dublin on horseback not using roads - along the lines of is it possible and lo, it would be, I do believe.

Doubtless someone else with an expense account / reality TV show / land rover & matching trailer / or all of the foregoing will do it and get paid for it.

In the meantime you could cycle from the kitchen to your office room and feel justifiably smug until you have to research solvents to remove the tyre marks from your flooring.

3:42 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Last night I had Omar and Kima playing in the rain in order to get them ready for a year in Ireland.

4:10 p.m.  
Blogger jothemama said...

Maybe they'll use the space tube thingy and its black holes to beam us to work? Probably just needs to be tweaked a little.

4:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Sniffle&Cry said...

Like Billy Connolly says, no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.

5:04 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

i hate riding my bike in the rain, but there isn't much to be done about it. i always keep a spare set of clothes in the lab, though. just in case.

we're in the same boat out here - everyone looks down on you for driving, but the public transport is lamentable.

5:31 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

If the big yin says it's so it must be.
DM Cycling in bad weather is the Devil's smegma, you're hands freeze and your toes too.
Plastic tubes like in Futurama? Hmm, maybe the 'metro' will be built before I'm dead and blunderbussed.
Medbh, make sure you also get used to carrying their poo for miles and miles looking for a council bin to deposit it in.

Conan, I plan to glide into that office room a la Tom Cruise before he went totally nuts.

6:03 p.m.  
Anonymous stipes said...

everywhere is within walking distance. it depends on how much time you have

6:35 p.m.  
Blogger Lottie said...

As Greystones is technically classed as the greater Dublin area now - I can't see myself walking to work.

hey want to encourage people to use public transport and leave the cars at home yet they have now imposed a parking charge in the park and ride car park. How is that helping. Greedy b@stids!

7:35 p.m.  
Anonymous eolai said...

They just put a bus shelter in my old neighbourhood of Dublin. I've been waiting 40 years, and now you get one those new things with a roof that's a grand total of 24 inches wide, because we all know rain doesn't fall at an angle.

Is it so hard to implement shelters that, you know, shelter? Dare I say even shelter you from the splash of the buses that don't stop?

8:50 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's like they just don't want us to be comfortable or have an ounce of silver in our pockets.

9:29 p.m.  
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