FoxyTag for a safer Peterborough

It’s a simple concept – a virtual GPS tags signalled when close to a speed camera get stored on the FoxyTag database.  Then, when closer than 15 seconds away, the display of your mobile device updates, showing you the location of the speed camera giving you enough advanced warning so that you stay informed and safe on the roads.

From the FoxyTag website

“You are also invited to signal speed cameras that have already been tagged; by confirming their presence, you create trust links with other users and get more reliable information. The system excludes automatically users that do not vote “like the others”. Roughly speaking, the more you participate, the more the information you get is reliable.

FoxyTag is a “collaborative” system. Tags posted by FoxyTag are directional. So, tags posted for users driving in the opposite direction won’t be signalized to you.

FoxyTag motivates neither speeding nor any other risky behavior, but allows the driver to concentrate on the road instead of having is eyes fixed on the speedometer, by fear of being flashed. We observe that drivers tend to brake suddenly when they see a speed camera (even if they are not speeding), which can provoke traffic jams or even accidents. FoxyTag signals in advance the presence of speed cameras, so that the driver has enough time to check its speed and adapt it if necessary.”

Given that Peterborough is grinding to a halt thanks to endless roadworks littered with speed cameras,  systems like FoxyTag can only be a good thing.  I’ve already got myself a GPS receiver thanks to my DIY Satnav so I’ll be reporting on my FoxyTag findings shortly.

Wheelie bin stolen in England is found in Bulgaria

Peterborough Council says more than 2,000 bins – worth £30 each – have disappeared. And 1 has turned up in Bulgaria ..

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Peterborough Council has spent more than £75,000 replacing stolen wheelie bins (worth £30 each) in the past year said one had turned up in Bulgaria.

And officials in East Angliasay they can prove they own the bin found in eastern Europe.

A spokesman said: “One 240-litre green recycling bin clearly stamped with the city council’s name was even spotted in a residential area near the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach in Bulgaria.

“This is the most outrageous example of theft of a wheeled bin we have come across.”

78 percent of immigrants head to Peterborough

As yet another report on migration statistics is published, how long can it be before the elected realise that small cities really cannot cope?

According to xPRESS, Peterborough has been allocated 78% of migrants in the East of England.
In 2001 there were an estimated 8,000 new arrivals in Peterborough. Many had limited English. The number posed a threat to social stability. It also placed pressure on public services and housing provision.
It’s now 2007 and we are seeing wave after wave of legitimate working migrants into Peterborough. In typical first-generation migrant fashion, houses are now multiple occupancy with two or more families sharing houses, leading to social problems with car parking on city streets, neighbour relations, etc.

Supermarkets now stock produce from migrant home countries and advertise in their home tongue. I’m sorry, but if you move to a country then you should be expected to learn the language. Maybe it’s being narrow minded and in fact the supermarkets are the clued up ones – if you’re unfamiliar with the culture, of course you’re going to shop where you can read the labels!

Maybe now is the time for a new business strategy! Instead of starting up yet another hand car wash, using immigrant population to serve the “locals”, focus your business on the immigrants themselves. Encourage them into restaurants, pubs and bars, shops, etc. Take their money – they worked for it, help them spend it!

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Peterborough Roadworks claim first victim

As I predicted only last week, the roadworks in Peterborough along the A1139 Fletton Parkway have caused their first accident. Hunstanton resident Malcolm Page was travelling along the road towards Orton Southgate last Friday when a dust cart crushed the Volvo he was driving, trapping himself and his two dogs.

Roadworks are never good for motorists, but this current breed is littered with up to four dangerous Gatso speed cameras in each direction that cause drivers to initially slow down, then take their eyes off the road to check their speed and that they’ve not been caught by a camera.

Once “safely” past each camera, drivers then speed up to the next one before braking hard to avoid the tell-tale double flash of a speeding fine.
Meanwhile, traffic is joining the roadworks via slip roads which under normal circumstances are a death trap due to careless drivers and trains of HGV’s in the nearside carriageway.

And we’ve got this until April 2008!

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Chris Tibbles is shit

Chris TibblesSorry, but I’m not a fan and you can probably guess how thankful I was when I heard he’d been moved to some late night slot on Peterborough’s Lite FM radio station but now it just seems like he’s “Mr Lite1068 FM”

Hopefully he’ll apply for a job on Hereward or somewhere with that other local radio cnut Kev Lawrence and I’ll never have to hear his whining voice again.

On introducing Simon Webbe, he teased listeners by cryptically advertising that “coming up, someone that used to be in Blue…”

Moron.

Peterborough Roadworks

Peterborough is set to grind to a halt as motorists using the city’s roads find themselves caught up in chaotic tailbacks.

A1139 Fletton Parkway

For an unknown number of weeks, the busy A1139 Fletton Parkway (the main trunk road from the A47 to the A1(M)) will be reduced down to a single lane at the junctions of Serpentine Green and Orton Malbourne whilst the road is widened for a short section (which when completed, which just serve to cause traffic to speed up then pull in at the last minute).

In rush hour, motorists are already queuing for up to 5 miles in both directions, between Boongate and the A1(M). With speed cameras in place to force drivers down to 40mph at busy junctions, it won’t be long before accidents are caused by cautious motorists paying more attention to Gatso than traffic joining from the slip road.

Oundle Road

Another major road into Peterborough City Centre, Oundle Road is due to become a one-way street whilst EDF Energy open up the road yet again, forcing traffic down dangerous narrow side roads such as New Road.

No doubt traffic will also be using Palmerston Road and Mayors Walk as a rat run but it’s all ok – thankfully they have waited until the School holidays so to increase the chances of hitting children on bikes or crossing the road.

Impact to businesses that rely on passing trade is likely to be severe with protests from shopkeepers already well underway.

A1073

What’s that, a busy trunk road in Peterborough being dug up? Surely not!
We’ve got a few months to wait for this one, but when it does hit it’s no doubt going to be a nightmare in rush hour.

The A1073 Crowland Road is famous for helping the environment by culling motorists and their nasty polluting cars but thanks to work that will “eliminate the need for motorists to overtake”. No doubt this in fact means they will do their utmost to prevent motorists from overtaking, rather than negate the need to, so those that do overtake will just be doing so in a more reckless way. Fantastic.

For anyone planning on visiting Peterborough during the next year, or maybe just wanting to go past the city, I suggest you bring a packed lunch, flask and a sleeping bag.

Take it to the bridge

No rolling roads, no slick air strips, no bullshit.

Long-term readers of Emap’s automotive publications will no doubt be familiar with their “to the bridge” test for measuring a car’s worthiness in a real-world situation. Well the bridge only bloody has it’s own website now!

Obviously the exact location of the bridge is a closely guarded secret according to the first rule of To The Bridge Club…

If you’ve taken it to the bridge then get onto the forum and share your story.  http://www.tothebridge.org.uk/

Lite FM – the sound of the underground?

Unknown to everyone outside of Peterborough and possibly most in Peterborough, Lite FM‘s fast becoming my radio station of choice both at home and in the car.

As the name may suggest, Lite isn’t going to satisfy your hunger for even mild RnB, Dance, Drum and Bass, Electronica… nope you won’t get any of that at Lite 106.8 FM. Lite’s strictly for easy listening sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today (think Natasha Beddingfield and Sandi Thom).

Listen out for Chris Tibbles in the evenings and Holly Ford reading the news during the day (she’s the one with the sexy Northern accent!).

Hopefully the Lite FM website and streaming radio will be up soon so I can listen during the day while I’m at work!