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Exciting New Cycling Venue

Posted by chdot on November 29, 2007


Image transgressionpark.co.uk 

There’s still no certainty about the future of the velodrome at Meadowbank or a date for a new skatepark for Edinburgh, but from January there’s a new indoor facility.

Transgression Park will be in a top floor unit (LE3) at Ocean Terminal – the concept was tried out there earlier this year – (great video).

It’s being developed by Edinburgh based EHX. The new facility is described as an “Urban FreeSport destination catering for all your urban and ‘extreme’ sporting requirements”. It’s been designed by professional BMXer Dave Sowerby who also designed the Penicuik Skatepark

It will be open to all, but Members will get priority (at a reduced price) and special pre-opening access. Membership will be £25 per year – join before Christmas and get the first visit free.

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Pedal For Scotland – Book Now

Posted by chdot on November 27, 2007


Central Scotland’s mass participation ride will be ten years old in 2008 (14th of September). If you book a place before the end of January it will cost a tenner – includes free food, (return transport extra).

It began as an Edinburgh to Glasgow event, but the prevailing wind prevailed and now the route is reversed. There is still no control over the weather. This year it was, er, a bit, er wet….

Still – around 4000 riders set off and most managed to finish – and have a good time (?)  

Cycling Scotland is an umbrella organisation whose responsibilities include PFS, perhaps it needs more umbrellas… 

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No Football – 2008 Opportunity for Cycling

Posted by chdot on November 26, 2007


Image from Cycling in Edinburgh 2007 leaflet.

So – no ‘Home Countries’ playing in Europe next June (UEFA EURO 2008™). Great opportunity for more to be made of Bike Week (14-22 June). Which will again include the Bike Week Film Festival.

Bike Week began in 1923 “as a grass-roots organisation”. It is now an annual PR/marketing initiative to promote cycling on behalf of the bike industry and the big cycling organisations, including Cycling Scotland.

For the next three years the Bike Week contract is with Forster and Limelight, probably best known (in cycling) for the recent Hovis London Freewheel where 138,000 cyclists had 14km of central London to themselves on Sunday 23rd of September. Imagine (a fraction of) that happening in Edinburgh in Bike Week in June or European Mobility Week in September next year…

To encourage the running of Bike Week events in Scotland Cycling Scotland is organising a Bike Week Seminar on 12th of February (2008) at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh –  “giving expert advice on all aspects of Bike Week from deciding what type of event to put on, best practise in event organisation, PR and promotion and information on the various benefits that Bike Week can offer.”  

In July next year there is (as usual) the Tour de France (5th – 27th). Though as it starts in Brittany not Britain next year (London this year), UK coverage is likely to be less inspirational. In August there is the Beijing Olympics (8th -24th) including, for the first time, BMX racing.

Of course whether top level sport is a good way of encouraging people to have-a-go is always an open question. During the Wimbledon fortnight a few more racquets are sold and balls hit against walls.

Cycling is much than just a sport. It’s transport, convenient exercise, fun and even (for a few) a way of life! What’s needed to encourage (more) cycling are better facilities – largely the responsibility of local and national government – greatly helped by Sustrans and the availability of good quality Cycle Training – especially in primary schools.

Another good way is just having more people cycling. It makes it normal and visible. Edinburgh is doing quite well, though it’s years away from Copenhagen – compare Edinburgh with THIS!

Daily cycle use is increasing significantly in London where there is a political will and appropriate cash.

Things might be different in 2008 with some will, planning and (individual and collective) action.

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Voting Begins

Posted by chdot on November 26, 2007


Online voting for the Sustrans Connect2 project has begun.

Lorraine Kelly will be championing Sustrans’ Connect2 on an ITV1 show on Tuesday 4 December. Telephone voting will begin on Friday 7 December.

Sustrans’ ambitious project consists of 79 ‘missing links’, including many new pedestrian/cycle bridges – Sustrans has a fine record of producing practical and attractive ones.

There are none close to Edinburgh (full list) but anything that raises the profile of cycling and improves its infrastructure is welcome.This scheme has to start as favourite as it is the only one with a UK wide presence.

The successful Eden Project is likely to be a close rival as it has been a hit with millions of visitors.

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New Spokes Map Available

Posted by chdot on November 26, 2007


After weeks of waiting it’s now available in all good bike shops and on-line.

This is the 8th edition of the Edinburgh map produced by Spokes and published in the 30th anniversary year of the “Lothian Cycle Campaign”.

A lot of volunteer effort has gone into the maps over the years. They have undoubtedly helped to encourage more people to cycle in the City. They show off-road paths, cobbles, hills, one-way streets, bike shops etc.

Spokes also publishes maps for each of the adjoining Lothian council areas. Earlier this year it helped Go Bike! publish a cycle map for Glasgow. (Buy any four of the five maps for the price of three.)

Profit from the maps has part funded a range of initiatives including Castlecliff Bicycle Workshop – which developed into The Bike Station – and TryCycling in Edinburgh.

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Vote Vote Vote

Posted by chdot on November 25, 2007


From 9 a.m. tomorrow (Monday) you can vote in the People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway.

People who cycle are most likely to favour the Sustrans’ Connect2 Project.

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‘Cycling – blessing or curse?’

Posted by chdot on November 12, 2007

Merchiston
That’s the thought provoking title of the next Public Meeting of Merchiston Community Council. Tuesday 20th November 2007 at 7.00pm. Polwarth Parish Church Hall 36-38 Polwarth Terrace (map) (In small hall to rear of building accessed round west side of church).

“ALL LOCAL RESIDENTS VERY WELCOME!”

Could be an interesting meeting. No doubt there will be complaints about a few people cycling on pavements and perhaps even more about inconsiderate cyclists on the canal towpath (behind the church). Perhaps Spokes will be there to tell MCC about its recently launched “Polite Cycling” campaign – and hand out it’s new reflective trouser bands.

Posted in City of Edinburgh Council, citycycling, commuting, cycle training, Cycling News, cycling world, cyclingedinburgh, Edinburgh, EducatedTravel, Safe Routes to School, Safety, Spokes, TryCycling, walking | 9 Comments »

New Cramond Bridge Closer

Posted by chdot on November 12, 2007

proposed bridge at Cramond
It used to be possible to take a small ferry from near the mouth of the Almond across to the Dalmeny Estate. It was then possible to walk (no bikes on boat) around the estate and return or travel on to South Queensferry and come back by bus, or train from Dalmeny.

Now, seven years on, SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership) – with the help of JMP Consulting – has drawn up plans for a bridge, slightly upstream. This would take bikes and be a significant link in the proposed NCN Round the Forth and North Sea Cycle Routes.

“SEStran wants to hear your views about a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the River Almond. We emphasise that no decision has yet been taken whether to build a new bridge or not and we want to hear local people’s views before that decision is made.”

It’s presumed that most people will think it’s a good idea, but the more that say so, the more likely it is to happen.

“They and the consultation team (from JMP Consulting) are therefore holding a ‘surgery’ session at which you can come along and discuss any issue relating to the bridge in detail, face-to-face with the design team. Staff will be on hand for the surgery at Cramond Kirk Halls (Millennium Room – map) on Thursday 22 November between 4.00pm and 7.30pm. If you cannot attend the surgery but would like to tell us your views, please put them in writing and e-mail to: cramond@jmp.co.uk or by post to: Cramond Consultation, JMP Consulting, CBC House, 24 Canning Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EG – by Wednesday 28 November.

More info (PDF leaflet)

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SEStran Restores Cycle Cut

Posted by chdot on November 8, 2007

Earlier this year SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership) faced a budget deficit (CE.i report). In the words of Spokes in the 06 01 07 Spokesworker (PDF 169kb) the amount involved for cycle projects has been “massacred from £610K to a mere £100K in 07/08″.

So today’s news of significant spending on cycle routes – in Edinburgh and across the borders into neighbouring council areas – is particularly welcome.


SEStran is accelerating granting funds to partnership local authorities, to ensure that outstanding work on a number of cycle ways is completed before the end of the financial year.

A total of £785,000 will be spent on completing a range of projects that will enhance and extend the facilities available for cycling across the region. The projects that will now be completed within the 2007-8 financial year include:

£180,000 on upgrading a footway to a shared pedestrian footpath and cycleway on the A8000.

£150,000 on upgrading an existing footway on the North side of the A8 to a shared use cycle/pedestrian path, from the footbridge at Ratho Station to Ingliston Park and Ride site and to the airport. Work will include resurfacing the existing path, adding dropped kerbs at side roads, direction signing and fencing.

£200,000 on upgrading an existing footway on the South side of the A8 to a shared use cycle/pedestrian path from the footbridge at Ratho Station to the airport roundabout. Work will include resurfacing the existing path, including widening it where necessary, adding dropped kerbs at side roads, direction signing and fencing.

£180,000 to upgrade an existing footway to a shared footpath and cycleway at Gilmerton Station Road, on the Midlothian boundary.

£75,000 to upgrade an existing footway to a shared use cycle/pedestrian path, from Newcraighall Station to Queen Margaret University, including the installation of new lighting.

Complete press release.

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Cycling Scotland Annual Conference – Last Chance to Book

Posted by chdot on November 7, 2007

cs conf
This year’s event is in Glasgow. Don’t worry, there are trains every 15 minutes and they take bikes! (“There will be facilities for locking up your bike at the conference venue.”)

“A conference examining the huge benefits to health, transport integration, climate change and the economy that dedicated and effective cycling promotion can bring.”

Next Tuesday (13th) at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (very close to Queen Street Station) 9.30 – 4.30.

Full Programme | Book On-line

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