Healthy Cycling in Midlothian

Posted by chdot on October 30, 2007

A half day seminar to help encourage the development of cycling throughout Midlothian, On the Right Track, is being organised by HELPP (the Midlothian Healthy Living Partnership Project), in partnership with Cycling Scotland. It will be held on Friday 9th November in the Lesser Hall at Penicuik Town Hall (33 High Street – map) from 10am to 2pm. It “aims to encourage partnership working to increase the health and wellbeing of lapsed or novice cyclists and to raise awareness of local cycle networks.”

HELPP Development Worker, Sandra King, says, “we are bringing together local workers from the local authority, health and voluntary sector with an interest in promoting cycling in Midlothian. We have previously organised Cycle Training through Cycle Scotland and offered a Cycle Family Picnic during Bike Week (Midlothian Advertiser report) and are keen to take this work forward. We are using a participatory appraisal approach to ensure everyone has their say and can contribute their ideas. We are keen to strengthen the links between different agencies to pull together resources, knowledge and enthusiasm.”

The event is open to anyone wanting to encourage cycling in Midlothian. Flyer and application form.

Midlothian has it’s own Bicycle Recycling Project based at the Midlothian Advice & Resource Centre (MARC). It’s even possible to win a refurbished bike in a radio phone-in competition.

One Response to “Healthy Cycling in Midlothian”

  1. Tony Galloway said

    Good luck with this initiative.

    I tried to access the Dalkeith Schools transport coordinator to see if I could assist in increasing cycling access to the Schools Campus. This request via my councillor was refused, I don’t know why. Anyway copies of SPOKES maps for Edinburgh, East and Mid Lothian were given to the school library. No acknowledgment nor thanks was received.

    I think school-based cycle touring activities and commuting are ways to change the lack of young Midlothian adults who cycle. I hope you are able to involve Beeslack in your plans.

    Rgards Tony Galloway

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