Transport Focus has held workshops to find out how operators can make using the bus easier for 16-18-year-olds. It has published recommendations for making it ‘as simple as ordering pizza’Young people use the bus more than any other group of people, yet they’re the least satisfied with bus services.That’s the paradox addressed by independent watchdog Transport Focus as it launches a new best practice guide designed to help bus operators and local authorities (LAs) better serve the under-19s.David Sidebottom, Transport Focus Director, says: “Young people want using the bus to be as simple and intuitive as ordering pizza. Bus operators and local authorities must seize the opportunity to cater for their customers of the future.”‘Making Bus a Better Choice for Young People’ reports on five workshops Transport Focus carried out earlier this year to learn what young people want.Key recommendationsTaking place in Birmingham. Colchester, Exeter, Oxford and York, the five workshops brought young bus users together with bus operators, LAs, bus manufacturers and transport consultants to explore ways to make buses better for teenagers.The workshops examined existing schemes as case studies.They included:West Yorkshire – half-price fare for passengers wearing school uniformLiverpool City Region – a simple flat fare for under-19sWest Midlands – half-price travel for apprentices and trainees.From the workshops, Transport Focus has made plenty of recommendations in its report, emphasising these three in particular:Smart fares – discounted fares for 16 to 18-year olds that are easy to buy and understandOne-stop nationwide bus app – one central source for information and ticketing provided by the bus industry that is intuitive, easy-to-use and accessed via an app that will earn its place on a young person’s phoneBetter on board – wi-fi and USB charge points at every seat.More you can doIt also advises bus operators and LAs around the following areas:Interaction with the driver – including driver attitude, better customer service training, and providing some degree of automated ticket purchaseTickets and fares – including payment options and technology, fare zones, discounts and easily accessible ticket pricesInformation provision – including real time information and personalisation towards young peopleCommunication and engagement – including tone of voice and language, targeted social media posts, and using a peer-to-peer approach to influenceThe experience on board – including asking young people what they want to do on the bus and designing buses around that, plus cleanliness and securityBus operators working in partnership – including working with businesses that also target young people such as shops and cinemas to offer incentives, creating relationships with schools and colleges, and organising forumsKeeping young passengers so they’re still using the buses in 10 years – including getting the basics right, engaging and innovatingAttracting new bus users – including promotion, improving the bus’s image, and keeping bus travel simple.‘More confidence’Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani says: “Young people take the bus more often than any other age group, so this Transport Focus research is vital in showing how to encourage them to continue to use buses in the future – both councils and bus companies should follow this best practice.“We’re also funding a new open data platform so companies can develop apps to help passengers find out where their bus is, how long it will take, and how much it will cost, giving them more confidence to take the bus.”Graham Vidler, CEO of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, says: “The industry recognises the huge importance of meeting the expectations of younger travellers on services across the country. “Bus companies continue to invest in services younger passengers expect, and onboard facilities including contactless and mobile ticketing, wi-fi, USB charging points and leather seating are now commonplace on many services.“The latest satisfaction statistics clearly demonstrate that the industry is moving in the right direction, but of course there is always room for improvement. CPT welcomes this report’s recommendations and looks forward to continuing to work closely with its members, central and local government to further improve the experience of all bus users.”Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, says: “Increasing young people’s bus use can also reduce traffic on our roads at the busiest times of day as well as making bus services more viable, benefiting us all.“The report includes encouraging examples of bus operators and local authorities working together to encourage young people to catch the bus. This is something that the Bus Services Act of 2017 can make easier. We want to see more local authorities taking up the powers in the Act.“We also want to see a National Coach and Bus Investment Strategy that would protect vital bus services and support the greening and modernisation of the bus fleet.”Find out moreDownload the report hererouteone commentSatisfaction among 16-18-year-old bus passengers is higher than it was – it’s increased from 77% to 80% at the last Bus Passenger Survey.That’s perhaps a result of operators already pursuing initiatives that are lauded in the new report, such as discounts for under-19s, and wi-fi and USB charging points on buses. Greater consistency of these, plus more partnership work to deliver better information to passengers, should lead to more satisfaction – as well as new apps and journey planning websites enabled by operators publishing their timetables and fares as open data.It’s well worth reading the report – there are a lot of interesting ideas on a smaller scale that operators can think about taking forward.
“It is awesome that Team Sky chose us to work with as it further validates our rapid growth and shows the world that Wahoo Fitness has created the best trainer ever,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness.“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to develop future products while enhancing existing products in cooperation with an organization who understands the kind of training necessary to win. We look forward to a successful 2014 and Wahoo Fitness equipment quickly becoming synonymous with victory.”Using Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ technology, the KICKR Power Trainer connects to smartphones and tablets, allowing full resistance control during a training session. While pedalling, users can increase or decrease resistance, structure interval workouts or even simulate real world bike courses all from their smartphone.Resistance adjustments are instant, making it easy to replicate everything from a flat or rolling hill course, to the coast down a hill after a hard climb. With a wheel off design and super flywheel, the iPhone connected bike trainer is engineered to produce an ultra-realistic road feel, equivalent to the inertia of an actual rider on the road. A direct power measurement at the hub provides consistent and lab accurate power readings for every gruelling mile.www.WahooFitness.com Related Wahoo Fitness, the performance & monitoring accessories specialist, is now the Official Supplier of Turbo Trainers to Team Sky, winners of the 2012 and 2013 Tour de France.Through this exclusive partnership, Team Sky will be provided with Wahoo KICKRs for use during the racing season and each rider will be provided with an individual KICKR for at home training sessions. Team Sky will use the KICKRs for pre-race warm up and post-race warm downs.As noted by Wahoo, the KICKR provides the cutting edge technology that Team Sky is looking for as they constantly strive to improve.“Wahoo Fitness is a young and innovative company, who has produced a fantastic product in the KICKR which will meet our requirements both in racing and training,” said Tim Kerrison, Team Sky’s Head of Performance Support.“Team Sky and Wahoo share a common approach when it comes to innovation and continuous improvement. We believe they have developed a market-leading product and we are excited about using the KICKR in the team and working with Wahoo to continue to develop and improve their products.”He continued, “We love the wheel-off design and the big fly-wheel which gives an excellent, smooth feel. The ability to precisely control the resistance, whilst retaining the smoothness, gives us the opportunity to do great quality and high intensity training efforts on the KICKR.”
Today 21:35 – Prague German tennis player Alexander Zverev, who smoothly lost the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 1, celebrates a smooth progress to the US Open quarterfinals. Kazakh Julia Putinceova also secured participation in the last eight players after the victory over the Croatian Petra Martičová 6: 3, 2: 6 and 6: 4. Alexander Zverev secured a leisurely progress to the quarterfinals Frank Franklin II, ČTK / AP We are preparing information.US OpenMen:Singles – Round 4:A. Zverev (5-DEU) – Davidovich (Sp.) 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 1.Women:Singles – Round 4:Putincevová (23-Kaz.) – Martičová (8-Chorv.) 6: 3, 2: 6, 6: 4. ? Seznam.cz introduces the Like buttonLet the editors and other readers know what content is worth reading.Articles with the highest number I like they will appear more often on the main page of the List and will be read by more people. Nobody misses interesting news.The button may not work properly in your browser. Download one of the modern browsers, for example a smart browser from the List.
(AP) – The silver claret jug is staying on the Emerald Isle after Shane Lowry captured the first British Open to be held in Northern Ireland since 1951.Lowry endured the worst weather of the tournament, along with the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the final major of the year by six shots at Royal Portrush. The 32-year-old closed with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 the Open champion was over par.Amid rain and strong wind, Lowry began making bogeys in the middle of the round without losing ground as no one from the last 12 groups broke par. Lowry was no worse than three shots ahead all day as he wrapped up his first major championship.Lowry’s 15-under total was far better than runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, whose double-bogey on 14 left Lowry without a serious challenger.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) just missed becoming the first player to finish in the top three in all four majors during a calendar year. Tony Finau (FEE’-now) finished third at 7 under, one ahead of Koepka and Lee Westwood. Koepka opened with four straight bogeys in a 74.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a happy man after India registered a second successive and comprehensive win over England in the second One-day International in New Delhi on Monday.I’m glad we’re the winning side; it’s really good,” said Dhoni after India won by eight wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla. “Well, of course, the series in England wasn’t a good one for us, but the team showed character not to lose their temper and still be sociable on the field.”Dhoni lauded the efforts of Virat Kohli, who scored a hard-hitting 112 not out, (Gautam Gambhir 84 not out), R Vinay Kumar (four wickets) and Praveen Kumar.It is good to see our players take responsibility. Kohli has been batting brilliantly and I hope he continues to bat the way has been batting,” he said.We needed a good start. Vinay and Praveen gave us that with early wickets. We never let them get a partnership together. Gautam played brilliantly; Virat is a stroke player. Gautam’s innings at No. 3 was crucial, the ball was still moving a bit when he got in.”Dhoni was happy with the behaviour of the pitch. “The pitch was a bit too placid. I’d prefer a bit more turn. I think a turning wicket is a sporting track in India. But this was a good ODI wicket,” he said. “For us it’s all about winning one game at a time, improving ourselves as cricketers, especially with youngsters in the side.”Kohli was elated. “(The knock was) especially satisfying playing at my home ground. I was really keen to perform at my home ground, really happy with the way I batted,” he said. “On this kind of wicket if you play good cricket shots you can get boundaries. I’m definitely hungry for more. You never know when you can hit a bad patch. I want to continue my form as much as I can, but stay humble in the process.”advertisementEngland captain Alastair Cook was despondent. “It’s bit sad to lose heavily twice. It is a concern. Losing heavily once is fine but twice is… Only players can turn this around. We have prepared well but we have to produce it in the middle,” he said.
Barcelona coach Valverde: Murillo needed due to emergency situationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says a deal for Jeisson Murillo was due to an “emergency situation”.The defender has arrived on-loan from Valencia.For the coach he was a must because the team was in an emergency situation and needed “a centre back with experience”. “It was an emergency situation. We were looking for a player with experience, who knew La Liga. A priority,” explained Valverde.Valverde said he is also pleased with the summer signings. Of Arthur and Lenglet he said “they fit in very well and have moulded absolutely with our style.” On Malcom he said: “He has not played as much as the others but we hope that he will help us. He’s a winger, a different player, with a big future ahead of him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona legend Puyol: Fun seeing Liverpool defender Van Dijk up for Ballon d’Orby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Carles Puyol is a fan of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Puyol is happy seeing a fellow centre-half nominated for the Ballon d’Or – something he says is well deserved.He said, “Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. “He is a complete defender, always calm, a great player.”The limelight usually goes to strikers, so it’s fun to see a defender get recognition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer rules the college football world on the field. Jim Harbaugh now rules the college football Twitterverse.As pointed out by Maize n Brew, SB Nation’s Michigan blog, the Wolverines’ new head coach is now the most-followed college football coach on Twitter. Ohio State’s coach held the top spot until a couple days ago. As of 1:30 p.m. E.T. Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh is at 269K, Meyer is at 263K. Why has Harbaugh gained so many followers? He’s kind of a nut. Attacking this day with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 15, 2015Thought of the day – What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 7, 2015Urban Meyer, meanwhile, probably (definitely) doesn’t even run his own Twitter account. So this isn’t a fair fight.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, has dismissed speculation that the Government has plans to remove the 20 per cent duty concession on motor vehicles, from which public sector travelling officers now benefit.Mr. Dalley, who has responsibility for the Public Service, said that fuelled by speculation surrounding commitments under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the legislative changes to waivers and concessions, there had been some amount of anxiety about the future of this benefit.“Let me state, clearly, that in keeping with this administration’s commitment to the collective bargaining process, there is no plan to change this facility which came about as a result of negotiations between the Government and its employees,” the Minister emphasized.Mr. Dalley’s assurance came as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Los Angeles: The first images of Angelina Jolie in Marvel’s “The Eternals” is out and the Hollywood star has gone blonde for the role. In the photographs by web portal Splashnews.com, the Oscar-winning actor was spotted filming scenes in England. Jolie is dressed in character as Thena, a member of superhero group the ‘The Eternals’, wearing a white flowy dress and sporting long white blonde hair as she wades into a lake to spread some ashes. It cannot be confirmed if the actor, who is a brunette, had coloured her hair or it was a wig. She previously sported a blonde look in “Life or Something Like It”, “Girl, Interrupted”, “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and “Salt”. “The Eternals” also boasts the likes of Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan Kit Harington and Richard Madden. The film is slated for a November 6, 2020 release.