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Lead by example

This campaign tip (no. 67) was published on Friday, 8th March 2019
I have campaigned for public transport improvements - getting more people to use existing public transport, getting existing public transport tuned to meet modern requirements, and getting more public transport provided where there is a sustainable case. In doing so, I have had to travel to lots of meetings and I have made a point of travelling on the services that I promote. They may not have been ideal, so why?
1. I'm learning - I get a far better understanding of the system that I'm promoting or looking to improve
2. I get a chance to interact with current users - tell them what's going on and making good use of my time
3. I'm strengthened at meetings - "On the train coming to this meeting ...". "Look - I use the current service and ..."

At times, using public transport can lengthen journeys ... but typically it should still be taken if it's what you're campaigning for. I have work to do, a laptop, internet connection and I can work from a train or from a cafe or waiting room (less easily on a bus that's going around lots of corners) so that the time is not really of the great a concern.

There are limits. Earlier this week, I was at a meeting about 20 miles from my home town of Melksham, with another meeting in Melksham that ended such that I only had an hour to travel. Trains to near the meeting venue involved a change or even two, and arrived there only hourly - at the wrong time in the hour. Buses meant a wriggle along busy roads with lots of stops into the centre of Bath and then the same out again. I drove (but, more fool me, I got stuck in a traffic jam to road works for half an hour and walked in very late ...)
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Contact details

These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at-
Or reach me on the Coffee Shop Forum (User Grahame) facilities

What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018

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