Cycle Action at QM

Posted by chdot on December 4, 2007

The new Queen Margaret University next to Musselburgh Station already has a reasonable number of cycle commuters. Now some of them are hoping to encourage some more and are also hoping for improvements to the routes to the campus and its on-site facilities.

There’s a covered row of racks near the main entrance and showers and changing rooms available. The cycle path from Newcraighall is due to get solar powered streetlights and a better surface, in places, over the Christmas holidays.

Tomorrow (Wednesday December the 5th) there’s a meeting at 12.30 in Room 55. Organisers Oonagh O’Brien (Institute International Health and Development) and Matt McClatchy (Podiatry student and Security) are inviting “anyone interested in cycling (experienced or returning/would-be cyclists) to an inaugural meeting of a new QMU cycling group. You may be a student, in administration, registry, security, academic staff, senior management, estates and facilities, all are welcome.”

They have the following suggestions for discussions:

* to support all cyclists travelling to QM,

* to ensure people know how the bike-to-work scheme works,

* think about some new systems in the university, for example spare puncture kits in building etc,

* to share skills, knowledge about routes, bike shops, support or buddy new cyclists,

* to ensure on going development of facilities at QM (improve the shower/changing rooms and learn more about the green travel policy)

* Link to Spokes, TryCycling in Edinburgh and other lobbying groups re general cycling issues – improving roads/paths/travel by train etc.

There’s a lot of potential to improve existing routes and create new ones. The campus is in East Lothian – but only just. Newcraighall is in Edinburgh and Midlothian is just across the road (bypass).

‘Cross border’ cycle routes are being developed. SEStran recent put money into a few. With development likely in the Shawfair/South East Wedge area due in the the next few years, there will need to be more.

One Response to “Cycle Action at QM”

  1. Oonagh O'Brien said

    Thanks for posting this. We have had a lot of replies of interested people who cant make the meeting but want us to raise issues. its great that cycling has been supported at the new campus and hopefully we will get even more people on to bikes at least for some fo their journeys. We’ll feed back to you on how the meeting goes!


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