Broadening the mind

Despite my career in motor industry public relations, I have an open mind to transportation issues.  I believe travel broadens the mind – and have benefited from the opportunities experienced as a child and an adult, by using public and personal transport.  It saddens me that proposals supposedly aiming at cutting congestion or pollution inevitably present an argument that will restrict travel only to the richest or those with the time and masochistic tendencies required to endure tortures of public transport (such as my 70 minutes perched on the luggage rack coming home from London to Salisbury last Friday for return ticket price of £56).

George Monbiot’s view on coach travel is well worth a read for an alternative perspective on public transport and roads – some interesting ideas here.  I am not sure that such public transport options could lead to a “serious dent in car sales” – but they may certainly help in removing unnecessary car journeys and offering more choice beyond the overstuffed trains.  The coach can also be more flexible in routes – but the safety aspects (such as lack of seat belts) need to be considered.

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Heather Yaxley

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.

5 thoughts on “Broadening the mind”

  1. My husband always enjoys coach travel as he drives so much for his job, but seat belts are an issue that should be addressed, they should be made compulsory. Can you believe that is not the case on school buses.

    Coaches are much more comfortable these days, I remember feeling really sick in them as a child, but with air conditioning and loos and tvs, you can be very comfortable.

    I was hoping to meet George Monbiot in Cambridge a couple of weeks ago, but it never happened, maybe next time.

  2. Our local primary school in Scotland has opted to use a coach company that provides seat belts. Even if the cost were passed on to us parents via an increase in donations for trips, I’d pay it – I think we all would.

  3. Jill – I think the use of the “school bus” is one that we have failed to grasp here compared to France and the US where it common. It also helps children learn to socialise and frees up all those trips by parents to and from school at the important commuting times – and the potential accidents with so many cars stopping by the school. I am also in favour of “walking buses” – where children join up with parents to walk to school where that is possible.

  4. Oh yes, I’m on about children going on school trips outside the busy congestion times, which deviates slightly from your original point. That’s actually something I’ve wondered about blogs….

    There must be a a lot of people going off on tangents when one point leads on to another. How does the original writer keep it on track, short of intercepting now and again? And, I would imagine, the busier the blog the more difficult the task?

  5. I don’t think it matters if the topic meanders a little as that is the interesting thing about conversations on blogs, they can go in different directions. The difficulty might come as the originator if there are lots of posts and you are commenting back out of order – a bit like that old Two Ronnies sketch where you answer the question before last.

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