Not green

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by simoncc, 27 Apr 2008.

  1. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    I've recently started cycling to a university's centre for 'postgraduate studies and consferences'. There is no cycle shed, no showers and no drying room for wet clothes. There are some railings outside the main entrance, but chaining bikes to them is banned. The buildings are surrounded by a huge car park which is full to bursting every day, and the all the reception desk staff know about cycling to the place is that chaining bikes to the railings is strictly forbidden.

    On my first day there a large TV screen at reception listing the courses being run that day. One of them was called 'Environmental Education for Secondary Teachers'.

    Needless to say, the university's green policy is described on its website in the most glowing terms.
  2. Well callenge them to prove what they are saying.

    I would
  3. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Name and shame - where is it ?
    Then we can shower them with complaints (!)
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Simoncc...if ever there was a person with a natural gift to repeatedly tackle an issue with dogged determination and absolutely never give-up...then it's you. Also, after all the endless debates here about climate change I'me certain you know all the arguments. They'll soon wish they'd never met you... give them hell ;)
  5. Nortones2

    Nortones2 Über Member

    Get some railings: attach them to their railings. Then to your unforbidden railings attach whatever you wish.
  6. Tony

    Tony New Member

    It's all a BBC plot.....
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    To be fair to the institution, a 'Green Policy' has bugger all to do with cycling. It is about publishing a page on a website that outlines how the institution is 'saving the planet' by not doing something that it wasn't going to do anyway.

    For instance, I am 'saving the planet' this week by cutting my use of international and internal UK flights to zero.
  8. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    Here's a good one...

    Leeds Met University have recently been voted the greenest university in the UK

    What they don't mention is that during the Graduation Ceremonies, the cycle bins on campus are shrouded with custom-built wooden boxes, because they are considered 'unsightly' by the VC. This prevents staff who cycle to work using these bins for the duration of the ceremonies. It also costs man hours, wood and paint.

    If it was down to the VC we wouldn't have bins at all.

    The recycling bins are also shrouded.

    Plus despite chronic parking problems, nothing is ever done to pursuade or prevent students not coming to university in their BMWs.
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Excellent, I think the VC's quote says it all about green policies actually:

    In other words a meaningless waste of space, time and effort.
  10. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    That's Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Lee!

    Do you know him?
  11. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    I am studying at MSc at Reading University. We have plenty of bike stands, but nothing like showers or lockers you can stash cycling clothes or helmets in.

    In other ways the university is doing their bit.
  12. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    An article in the Journal of Transport Geography not long back concluded that the CO2 impact of attracting growing numbers of international students to universities (study was based on Manchester) was at odds with stated environmental policy. The flights taken by international students throughout the year exceeded emissions from commuting during the year by up to 48 times.
  13. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Good point, I wish I'd known that for my Sustainable Urban Systems assignment.
  14. OP

    simoncc New Member

    I won't be there long enough or often enough to care. I just lock my bike to the railings and get told by the receptionist that it's not allowed and it must be moved. I smile and ignore her. So far, so good.
  15. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    I've read about him in Private Eye. Sounds like a right twat. Our new one is alright. But that's not enough to stop me leaving...
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