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10% Off Lights – Reminder

Posted by chdot on October 28, 2006

The clocks go back tonight – extra hour in bed, dark when you cycle home.

cyclingedinburgh.info teamed up with TryCycling in Edinburgh to get local bike shops to offer a discount on lights (ends Monday).

Mentioned in the Evening News, Herald and Post, today’s Scotsman and by Tom Morton on his Radio Scotland programme.

List of shops in scheme.

Posted in citycycling, commuting, Cycling News, Cycling on the Radio, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, TryCycling, What the papers say | Leave a Comment »

More Tools for Bike Station

Posted by chdot on October 27, 2006

Edinburgh’s successful bicycle based social enterprise The Bike Station has been awarded an Awards For All grant.

The application was for “workstands, floor mats, tools, tool and parts cabinets, worktops, counter displays and a vice bench”. This will give a significant boost to the appearance and capacity of The Bike Station’s new premises off Causewayside. (Map)

As Manager Mark Sydenham says “it’s a chance to make the ‘shopfront’ look very professional.”

New tools will mean that there will be more for use by people maintaining their bikes at the ‘Fix Your Own Bike’ sessions (FYOB) and also for anyone on a Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) course.

The Bike Station also converts donated bikes into fully working machines that can be sold to raise funds or used in a wide range of community projects. It’s now much easier for people to deliver their unwanted bikes to the new home than it was to the basement at Waverley!

Posted in BikeStation, City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, cycle training, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, recycling | Leave a Comment »

Edinburgh Wins THREE UK Bike Awards

Posted by chdot on October 24, 2006


Photo by iansmaxwell

Edinburgh figures in three of the twelve 2006 ATOC National Cycle-Rail Awards announced today.

The Association of Train Operating Companies’ National Cycle-Rail Awards “recognise the progress made by the rail industry and associated organisations towards encouraging the integrated use of bikes and train travel.”

First ScotRail is the Customer Service Excellence Winner for its work in providing eight bikes spaces (see photo) on its busy (and popular for cyclists) North Berwick route. This has resulted in “a significant take up of the cycle spaces.”

Additionally First ScotRail has been crowned “Train Operator of the Year”.

“First ScotRail has clearly and consistently demonstrated an all round commitment to encouraging the integrated use of cycles and trains. It has used imaginative and innovative means of getting people out of their cars and has many members of staff who are clearly driven by the desire to offer excellent customer service.”

One factor that impressed the judges was that ScotRail had been “nominated in many categories by individual people and by user groups and were clearly going in the right direction.”

Last, but far from least, the “People Award” (don’t forget this is a UK wide competition) went to Edinburgh Waverley Station Manager Juliet Donnachie.

This is a worthy recognition of her work over the last three years which made it possible for The Bike Station to exist and grow in the basement of the station. It has recently expanded to new premises in Causewayside but still has a presence in the Station. (Juliet has pledged to continue to provide support.)

She also actively supported the provision of a cyclists’ notice board (by the cycle racks on Platform 11), and encouraged individuals and other companies to help The Bike Station with volunteers and materials.

Once again, proof that Edinburgh is a significant ‘cycling city’.


Bikes on Trains


Posted in Bikes on trains, BikeStation, citycycling, commuting, cycle parking, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, Glasgow, holidays, Maps, ride, TryCycling, What the papers say | Leave a Comment »

Bike Station, Drugs, Prison – SHOCK HORROR

Posted by chdot on October 24, 2006

Today’s Daily Record (a paper of news – ?) carries a story alleging that drugs and mobile ‘phones have been smuggled into Shotts Prison inside donated bikes!

The Record has the decency to say that this is “without the charity’s knowledge”. Certainly if there was ANY suggestion that the rumours might be based on ANYTHING, the Police would have contacted the Bike Station – they haven’t.

Bike Station Manager Mark Sydenham says “The story highlights the very successful project we have been running with Shotts Prison. This has resulted in bikes being fixed and sent to good homes. More importantly it has meant an opportunity for prisoners – many of whom are young men with families – to learn a useful skill that will be of use when they leave prison.”

“Shotts has contacted us to make it clear that they don’t believe the story, and, more importantly, made it clear that they want the project to continue.”

The Daily Record story was illustrated with a photo of the Bike Station in Waverley Station. The Bike Station moved to Causewayside 2 months ago…..

Posted in bike security theft, BikeStation, citycycling, Cycling News, Cycling on the Radio, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, Glasgow, recycling, What the papers say | Leave a Comment »

Race Winning Bike Stolen

Posted by chdot on October 23, 2006

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Film scoring musician, Chris Hall, has had his prized machine stolen less than a week after success in a brand new race.

Bike and rider won the Hardtail category in the TwentyFourSeven Downtown Street Race at Bridgnorth in Shopshire on Sunday. Days later it was stolen from outside the Alien Rock climbing wall in Leith, when the thief cut the lock.

    SPEC -

Frame: Rocket FAB Stage One by Mountain Speed – White with black name panel
Brakes: Hope C2 with braided hoses
Suspension Forks: Fox R125 Forkx (black)
Gears: Sram eight speed shifter Shimano XTR rear mech
Wheels: Downhill Mavic grey 321 rims on Hope XC hubs, black spokes, Maxxis High Roller tyres
Other: MRP front chain device, with distinctive orange jockey wheels, KORE stem, seatpost and skewers with white writing on black. Spanish burro (donkey) sticker on top tube, white race winning number plate (248) in the back wheel, zip tied to the spokes

Another Photo

As Chris says “Keep your eyes peeled, I understand it’s what happens in life, but we all know how these things hurt…”

There is now a Flickr group where you can post a photo and info before it gets stolen and another IF it goes missing – details.

Posted in bike security theft, citycycling, cycle parking, cycle racing, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh | Leave a Comment »

TryCycling Unites Shops

Posted by chdot on October 20, 2006


cyclingedinburgh.info has helped TryCycling in Edinburgh with its campaign to get more people to use lights. TCIE asked bike shops in Edinburgh if they would offer a discount. Almost all agreed! (Full list) So – 10% off lights between the 21st and the 30th of October 2006.

If you haven’t been to a bike shop for a while you’ll be amazed at the choice. From lights that’ll get you seen on the streets (and fit in your pocket) to ones that’ll light your way on a high speed ride on a rocky trail.

If you buy battery lights get re-chargeable batteries – cheaper to run and better for the environment.

Evening News Transport Reporter, Alan Roden, has given the initiative good coverage today.

(THIS story was mentioned in by Tom Morton on his Radio Scotland programme (20.10.06).

Can batteries be ‘Green’?

Posted in BikeStation, citycycling, commuting, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, TryCycling, What the papers say | 3 Comments »

Theft Advice On-Line

Posted by chdot on October 17, 2006

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A leaflet with advice on how to reduce the chances of having your bike stolen is now available with a mouse click.

Although originally produced for bike owners in Marchmont, by the South Edinburgh Crime Prevention Panel, the advice is universal.

There is now a Flickr group where you can post a photo and info before it gets stolen and another IF it goes missing – details.

cyclingedinburgh.info/theft

Posted in bike security theft, City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, cycle parking, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh | 1 Comment »

SSWC Comes to Scotland

Posted by chdot on October 12, 2006

Jacquie Phelan at SSWC06
Pioneering Mountain Biker Jacquie Phelan at SSW06 in Sweden (Photographer ??)

DATE ANNOUNCED 26.1.07

The Single Speed World Championships will be held in Scotland next year. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s not exactly a mainstream event – “The Single Speed World Championship race is an annual event. It is open to only bicycles with a single gear ratio.” (Wikipedia)

Why Scotland? According to britishtrails “At the recent 2006 World Singlespeed Championships in Stockholm, Sweden the decision for the host location of the 2007 SSWC was made over a drinking game. The right to host the event was apparently won in the bar by the Scottish contingent.” Merit then(?)!

It may be at one of the established Mountain Biking centres south of Edinburgh such as Glentress or the 7Stanes – but it might not… Expected to be in August.

Riding a single-speed bike is becoming more common, though most people in places with hills – like Edinburgh – will prefer gears! Bikes with one gear have less to go wrong and can be cheaper and lighter. Some people go further and ride ‘fixed‘ – no freewheel and no need for a rear brake. But THAT is a different level of skill!

Provisional web site – SSWC07.com | More than you need to know about Single-Speeding.

Jacquie had hoped to be in Scotland for this year’s Bicycle Film Festival in Edinburgh. She’s pretty sure to make SSWC07.

(THIS story was mentioned in detail by Tom Morton on his Radio Scotland programme (12.10.06). He said that he hoped that people riding in mini-kilts would be the future of cycle racing. He could be right – next year at least!)

Posted in Bicycle Film Festival, cycle racing, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, holidays, ride, sswc07, TryCycling | 8 Comments »

GIBFF Ends Tomorrow

Posted by chdot on October 11, 2006

http://homepage.mac.com/ch.edinburgh/cyclingedinburgh/images/ryan-leech.jpgPhoto Derek Vanderkooy

Glasgow’s first (International) Bicycle Film Festival finishes with a flourish on Thursday (12th October). Ryan Leech the “worlds best trials rider” is showing two of his films.

Afterwards he’ll appear (with his bike) for a question and answer session. The whole event will run for about 2 hours. Organiser David Gould says it will be “very much audience participation based”.

“We will be showing the first ever European Cinema screening of Ryan’s sequence from the yet to be released, Kranked 6. For the film, Ryan was asked to design his perfect trials trail then ride it. It took him several months to finally nail it in one complete sequence and no one else has even come close to riding it. It has to be seen to be believed. Ryan will introduce the screening, talking about the idea behind the film and the highs and lows of capturing the most challenging trials sequence ever recorded on film”.

Location: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow. Ticket Price: £7.50 (only a limited number left so be quick!) book on 0141 332 8128. Time : 8.30pm

Train times

Posted in Bicycle Film Festival, citycycling, Cycling News, cycling world, Glasgow | 1 Comment »

SPOKES Posts Serious Stuff

Posted by chdot on October 10, 2006

Local cycle campaign group SPOKES has been pressurising local and national Governments for almost thirty years. One reason for its success is that members and supporters send streams of carefully composed letters and e-mails, to Councillors, MPs and MSPs.

To help with content of these communications the SPOKES web site contains masses of useful information (if you know where to look).

Latest additions include -

The Effect of Coloured Surfacing on Drivers’ Compliance with Cycle and Bus Lanes by John McKeown (Napier University, 2006). 390k Word doc

“This study focuses on the effect of coloured surfacing on car driver compliance with cycle and bus lanes in Edinburgh city.”

Followup funding article by Dave du Feu in Holyrood Magazine‘s Transport Quarterly, on Scottish Executive funding for cycle projects, this follows Tavish Scott’s announcement of a big Sustrans funding increase. 1MB Word doc

Comments on the latest stage in developing the Regional Transport Strategy, the Options Report (SESTRAN). PDF

Posted in City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh | Leave a Comment »

 
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