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Tomorrow’s Views Today

Posted by chdot on November 30, 2006

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The UK’s premier ‘sustainable transport’ campaigners have issued a detailed Press Briefing ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the Eddington Review and Gordon Brown’s Pre-Budget announcements next week.

It’s a useful exercise in educated guesswork based on hopes, fears and (perhaps) inside info. Transport 2000 concludes “We will be looking to the Eddington review to set out a long term strategy for tackling climate change from transport, as well as congestion, and for the Chancellor to respond by offering real incentives for reducing pollution from cars and planes and giving people real alternatives to car travel. In particular, we want to see a shift in policy, away from pricing people off trains and towards making public transport affordable and less overcrowded. This means real investment in increasing capacity on trains, trams and buses, as well as on travel plans for businesses and schools and on local transport schemes like cycling.

Eddington Review Pre-Briefing in full.

T2000’s Focus on walking and cycling

Posted in Bikes on trains, citycycling, commuting, cycle parking, cycle training, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, What the papers say | 1 Comment »

Shops Offer Extended Service

Posted by chdot on November 27, 2006


Bike shops usually offer a free after sales service 4 to 6 weeks after purchase.

Award winning cycle promotion campaign TryCycling in Edinburgh is looking forward to Christmas. After successfully persuading local bike shops to offer a discount on lights before the clocks went back, TryCycling has turned to new bike sales.

Most cycle shops in Edinburgh have agreed to extend their normal after-sales service period to the end of March for December bought bikes. Bikes given as Christmas presents often don’t get used much in the winter months. Having a check-over after use means that minor adjustments can be made which makes the bike safer to ride and likely to last longer.

Safety is a good reason for buying a bike from a bike shop. Bikes are fully assembled and checked before they are sold. Maggie Wynn says “TryCycling often goes to schools and sees bikes that aren’t set up properly – forks back to front, left brake lever operating front brake etc. The reason is usually “my Dad did that, he lost the instructions”.

David Reid of Great Bikes No Bull in Leith Walk confirms that he has customers bringing in bikes for him to assemble. “Many people buy what they think is a bargain bike from a supermarket or a mail order company, but what they don’t realise is the bike needs to be built once you get it home”. More disturbing is that fact that David finds that even he can’t make some of the worst bikes safe to ride. On the receipt for the work he writes, “bikes assembled to as good a quality as components will allow”.

Maggie Wynn says “we appreciate that some people can’t afford to spend much money, but cheap new bikes are often a false economy. Even if they can be assembled safely, they are often heavy and not as much fun to use – which doesn’t help to encourage children to cycle. Often a second hand bike is better value, especially as children can grow out of them quickly.”

“If you are buying a new bike we would definitely recommend buying from a shop that assembles the bike before sale and offers a free after sales check. We are really pleased that shops in Edinburgh have extended the time they will do that until almost the Easter holidays. Obviously if you buy a bike that is used a lot, it is important to take it back after a few weeks for its first service”.

SHOPS TAKING PART

Biketrax, 11 Lochrin Place
Great Bikes No Bull 276 Leith Walk
Macdonald Cycles, 26-28 Morrison Street
Freewheelin’ 91 Slateford Road
Bicycle Repair Man, 111 Newington Road
Blackhall Cycle Repairs 15 Marischal Place
The Bike Chain, 30 Rodney Street
BG Cycles & Blades 48 Portobello High Street
Sandy Gilchrist 1 Cadzow Place
The Bike Station 250 Causewayside (Secondhand only)
Velo Ecosse 25-27 Bruntsfield Place

Posted in BikeStation, citycycling, commuting, critical mass, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, holidays, ride, TryCycling, What the papers say | 1 Comment »

Venchie Project Success (Part 2)

Posted by chdot on November 23, 2006

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Photo The Venchie

Earlier this year the Venchie childrens’ project in Craigmillar received money from the Council’s East Local Development Committee to run a Bike Club for P6/7 children.

The successful bid was put together with the help of TryCycling in Edinburgh as part of the Craigmillar Cycles scheme.

Now some Venchie staff, volunteers and friends have decided to do a bit of cycling of their own! Project Worker Billy Douglas (yellow vest) says they have used the Innocent Cycle Path to get to St. Leonard’s and Musselburgh. They go out every Thursday and as he says “it’s a good way to socialise and teambuild”.

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Police Bike CCTV on Trial

Posted by chdot on November 22, 2006

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Photo Scottish Communications

Police bikes in Perth are being fitted with handlebar mounted cameras. Local company Scottish Communications was presented with a challenge by Tayside Police – to deliver a system that could produce useable pictures from a moving bike.

Managing Director Paul Gibson said that it had never been done before, the main problem was the stabilisation of the camera. The company designed software which copes with bikes being used off-road and even at night.

Chief Superintendent Matt Hamilton, of Tayside Police, told the BBC, that the combination of bikes and CCTV was an important crime-fighting asset. “Cycle patrols give you a lot of benefits. They can go places faster than people on foot, and places where cars can’t.”

Police in Edinburgh introduced a Bicycle Team earlier this year. How long before they get cameras to use?

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Mystery, Films, Glasgow

Posted by chdot on November 20, 2006


Looks like a fun evening for cycling in Glasgow on Friday. The monthly Critical Mass coincides (but it’s no coincidence) with a selection of films at the CCC presented as “Camcorder Guerilla Cinema Meets Critical Mass“.

There will be local Critical Mass shorts plus the ‘early’ (1999) CM “bikeumentary” We Are Traffic! PLUS Underwater Bicycle Repair – “One man and his bicycle. Underwater With a very big fish”…

But before the indoor event there is a “Weird Bike Procession” leaving GFT at 5.15, a “Magical Mystery Tour” from CCC at 5.30, with the Critical Mass starting from George Square at 6.00.

Maggie Wynn from TryCycling in Edinburgh is planning to take the train through. Contact her for more details.

Posted in Bicycle Film Festival, Bikes on trains, citycycling, commuting, critical mass, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, Glasgow, ride, TryCycling | 2 Comments »

Shopping by Bike

Posted by chdot on November 20, 2006

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It’s amazing the number of people who ‘couldn’t live without a car’ because ‘how would I do the messages*?’

In Edinburgh 38% of households “don’t have access to a car”, so some people manage – bus, taxi, bike or even just walking to the local shops. There are still a lot of firms that will deliver, often for free. You can even find whole supermarkets on-line.

As the photo shows, some people will try to transport almost anything by bike!

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* messages – Scottish for shopping

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SPOKES Disappointed

Posted by chdot on November 19, 2006


The Edinburgh area’s own cycle campaign (in its thirtieth, highly effective, year) is “very disappointed that the Council proposes to duck the challenge of the 10 per cent target for 2010” – see story below.

Earlier this year SPOKES submitted a detailed response to the Council’s Draft Local Transport Strategy. “The council is moving successfully towards its cycle use targets for 2010, albeit they remain challenging. These existing targets should be retained. If targets are being set for subsequent dates then those for cycle use should be a further challenge.”

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Council Abandons Dubious Target

Posted by chdot on November 18, 2006

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For many years City of Edinburgh Council has been claiming that bikes will be used for 10% of journeys by 2010. For almost as long cycle campaigners have been saying ‘it won’t happen’.

Now the new 5 year Local Transport Plan has scaled it back to a more credible 6%. The 10% target wasn’t ‘incredible’ or unrealistic, (look at figures from elsewhere), it just wasn’t going to happen unless the Council did/spent more.

Edinburgh is MUCH better than most local authorities in both Scotland and the UK. It has a pretty good network of off-road paths. However as they are largely a result of historic, (Union Canal and former railway lines), or geographic (Water of Leith) factors they are not evenly spread across the city.

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Posted in Bicycle Film Festival, bike security theft, City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, critical mass, cycle parking, cycle training, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, HEALTH, Maps, paths, ride, TryCycling, What the papers say | Leave a Comment »

“I Hate Swimming”

Posted by chdot on November 17, 2006

Tim Egan talks about triathlons and mentions that Lance Armstrong said that his recent New York Marathon was the hardest thing he had ever done.

He also comments –

"At some point in the life of city, there comes a realization that traffic will never improve, and that a bike is the best way to get from one point to another.

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Full text or Listen Again (for a week).

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TryCycling Wins Award

Posted by chdot on November 16, 2006

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Edinburgh’s own cycle promotion project TryCycling in Edinburgh won the Innovation Prize awarded at today’s Cycling Scotland Conference.

TCIE was chosen from a shortlist of 7 nominations –

Rouken Glen Trikes, Dundee Greenways, Glasgow City Council Bike Loan Scheme, OYBike, Dundee City Council route information project, Bike it East Ayrshire and TCIE.

TryCycling started 18 months ago and has carried out a wide range of promotional activities – stalls at summer fairs, rides for beginners, The Bicycle Film Festival etc.

Cycling Scotland Chairman Bill Wright told the audience “TryCycling is a template for partnership working.”

Photo shows Maggie Wynn receiving the award (sponsored by bike parking manufacturers Falco) from Bill Wright watched by Erl Wilkie and Jim Riach of Cycling Scotland.

Posted in Bicycle Film Festival, bike security theft, Bikes on trains, City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, cycle training, Cycling News, Edinburgh, HEALTH, TryCycling | 2 Comments »