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Helmets for the Fashion Conscious

Posted by chdot on September 28, 2007

not helmets
Perhaps not. Strap security seems poor. In any case kids prefer them with flashing lights on the back these days.

You might get some more design ideas at the Collective Gallery (exhibition preview tonight 7-9 “ALL WELCOME”). Somewhere to hang out after today’s Critical Mass.

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Spokes Launches New Forth Bridge Route Campaign

Posted by chdot on September 28, 2007


Lothian Cycle Campaign Spokes is pressing the Scottish Government’s Finance Minister, John Swinney, to act on his recent statement: “We will continue to invest in initiatives which reduce congestion, such as improved park and ride, and improved rail, bus and cycle links.” Especially the last three words.

Significantly his comments were in response to concerns about the expected increase in motor traffic that will result when the SNP Government introduces its manifesto commitment to abolish tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.

In a letter to Mr. Swinney Dave du Feu of Spokes says: “This route is a vital commuter route [particularly since cyclists were banned from the A90], an important leisure route, and also perhaps the most important single tourist cycle link in the whole of Scotland, taking large numbers of cycletourists heading from the Capital towards the north of Scotland. It is thus a route of national significance, and a critical section of Route 1 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. It should be an absolute flagship example in terms of design and maintenance.”

Anyone who knows the route will know that in places it is very narrow, squeezed between a stone wall (a listed structure) and a drop down the embankment to the main dual carriageway. At one point cyclists are inches away from fast oncoming traffic WITHOUT AN INTERVENING SAFETY BARRIER. Additionally, this Cramond to Dalmeny section is unlit. (See photo).

Estimates for producing a route that would attract more tourists and commuters suggest that around a million pounds is required. Peanuts compared with the current A8000 Upgrade AND easily funded with savings the Government has created by cancelling the EARL project yesterday.

Spokes campaigns are often effective as the succeed in mobilising people to write to their political representatives, especially (in this case) John Swinney.

Comments on cyclechat forum.

Posted in City of Edinburgh Council, commuting, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Forth Bridge Route Campaign, HEALTH, holidays, paths, Queensferry, ride, Spokes, What the papers say | 2 Comments »

“As New Bike Sale”

Posted by chdot on September 28, 2007

Blackhall PS map
At Blackhall Primary School (Google map) Autumn Fair, Saturday (29th September) 10.00 – 12 noon. Those wishing to sell bikes in good condition can bring them along today (Friday 28th 6pm – 9pm) or at 9.30am on Saturday.

Must be labelled with your name, contact number and asking price, with a reserve price in brackets after it. Unsold bikes must be collected at 12 noon at the end of the Autumn Fair. Cotact Tina Woolnough on 07799 416 360 for more information.

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Citycycling on the Radio

Posted by chdot on September 24, 2007

Citycycling.co.uk‘s editor Ant will be live on Talk 107 around 7.20 tomorrow morning to talk about last Friday’s Commuter Challenge (Evening News report).

The ‘debate’ has already started on the comments section of the EN story.

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Cyclists and Motorcyclists Unite

Posted by chdot on September 24, 2007

                      Graphic © Evening News

Just days after this year’s Commuter Challenge (great report in tonight’s Evening News), where bikes and motorbikes split the honours, the CTC is backing the British Motorcyclists’ Federation.

The CTC is supporting the BMF’s initiative which calls on councils to clear the roads of debris such as broken glass, metal, gravel and other rubbish. The BMF has produced a Rubbish Roads Ahead booklet (PDF) and is writing to every local highway authority urging them to pay particular attention to the areas of carriageway used by two-wheeled vehicles.

CTC Campaigns & Policy Manager, Roger Geffen, said: “Rubbish Roads are as much as a problem for cyclists as they are for powered two-wheelers – this booklet is a perfect complement to our own pothole reporting website at www.fillthathole.org.uk.”

“Road sweeping is a simple and effective method of road safety improvement that could save dozens of lives and prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation for highway authorities”.

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VOTE BIKE!

Posted by chdot on September 24, 2007

The Evening News is having an on-line poll – “What is the best mode of transport for getting into Edinburgh for work?”

Vote here

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Test Your Tyres

Posted by chdot on September 20, 2007


It’s amazing the number of people who cycle around with tyres that are too soft. Makes cycling much harder, wears tyres out faster and it’s more likely that you’ll get punctures.

As part of this year’s European Mobility Week there’s a promotional campaign involving TryCycling in Edinburgh, The AA and a couple of supermarkets.

The idea is to encourage people to check bike and car tyres – if the latter are too soft it’s illegal (and dangerous).

This afternoon you can have your bike tyres checked at Davidson’s Mains Primary School (3.15 – 6pm) and tomorrow – your car – at TESCO Corstorphine Branch (car park) 11 – 6pm or Saturday at SAINSBURY’S Cameron Toll Branch (car park) 11 – 6pm.

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Edinburgh Without a Car

Posted by chdot on September 20, 2007


“A DAY FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS” on Saturday.

Led rides from Portobello and Davidson’s Mains to the Farmers’ Market at Castle Terrace then a whole range of events on The Meadows (not just for children) followed by a special screening of An Inconvenient Truth at the Filmhouse.

StreetsforPeople.info 

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“‘Ban cars in London’ to cut CO2”

Posted by chdot on September 18, 2007

“London must become car-free if it is to substantially cut carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.
Researchers claim the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) target to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025 is unlikely to succeed without drastic measures.

The report says emissions could be cut by 72% by 2030 if cars were banned from the city.

The study was compiled the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxford University.”

BBC story

Must be European Mobility Week. There was also a serious story (BBC TV News – “…they’ve even managed to get the estate agents out of their cars…”) on the difference cycling england‘s cycle demonstration towns project is having.

All the political parties are now taking Climate Change ‘seriously’, though perhaps few are ready to advocate large scale car bans in city centres.

If only Edinburgh were brave enough to show the way….

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Save on Being Seen

Posted by chdot on September 10, 2007

critcomposters.jpg
As part of the run up to this year’s European Mobility Week, most bike shops in Edinburgh are offering discounts on reflective items from today (10th, until Friday 21st of September).

Next week there will be a “Critical Commute” with the theme of “More Cycling = Safer Cycling”. The idea is not so much that people cycle in a mass, but that as many as possible cycle to work every day.

“Seeing more cyclists on the road encourages less confident cyclists to try commuting.” Be visible to other road users – and pedestrians – by cycling, be more visible by wearing something bright and/or reflective.

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