Archive for January 31st, 2007

Cycle to the Gardens

Posted by chdot on January 31, 2007

In addition to the excellent Doors Open Day, the Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s ‘Civic Trust’) organises the Edinburgh Parks and Gardens Open Day (EPGOD)

The aim is “to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of Edinburgh’s urban green spaces through increasing intellectual and physical access to public and private parks and gardens within the city. Edinburgh Parks and Gardens Open Day also aims to put the importance of green space for biodiversity, health and recreation on the city agenda.”

So why not plan a route to see a selection of this year’s Open PaGs (Saturday May 5th). Check last year’s programme (PDF – 3MB) for an idea of likely participants.

If you would like to open your Edinburgh garden or greenspace for the event or know of anyone else who may like to, contact Caroline Lambie at the Cockburn Association: 0131 557 8686.

The great thing about cycling between the venues is that you won’t have to worry (too much) about parking and you can appreciate bits of the city that you might not be familiar with. Perhaps TryCycling in Edinburgh will organise a special ride!

Posted in City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, cycle parking, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, Maps, paths, ride, TryCycling, walking | 1 Comment »

Road Works Encourage Cycling

Posted by chdot on January 31, 2007

“A GLUT of roadworks across the city is causing misery and frustration for thousands of motorists and bus passengers.” That’s the story in today’s Evening News.

“Drivers today said the level of disruption is as bad as they can remember, adding up to 30 minutes to journeys between home and work.”

“The city council admit there are more major road projects going on at the moment than there have been for many months.”

“And the problems for motorists are likely to worsen in the coming months when the Capital’s huge tram project gets under way.”

Anyone who cycles through the centre of Edinburgh – especially in the evening ‘rush’ hour – knows that bikes are a better option. Unfortunately many people who “would like to cycle to work” are still too nervous. TryCycling in Edinburgh has helped people to feel more confident by taking part in its monthly rides.

Some parts of Edinburgh (particularly the north side) have good traffic free routes. In others it’s possible to find ways along side streets with less traffic (some detailed here).

For cyclists, one problem with ‘road works’ is that the basics aren’t always dealt with. The CTC recently launched its FillThatHole site where you can report potholes etc.

Posted in City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, HEALTH, TryCycling, What the papers say | 1 Comment »