Archive for March 14th, 2008

New Easter Holiday Cycle Club

Posted by chdot on March 14, 2008

A brand new Cycle Club is being run in the Easter holiday. It’s for Primary 6 and 7 pupils with the aim of encouraging young people to cycle more and to think about how they will travel to secondary school.

The venue is the Royal High School and priority is being given to pupils from its feeder primaries (Blackhall, Cramond, Clermiston and Davidsons Mains).

The four day event will run from Monday 31 March to Thursday 3 April, from 9.30am to 3pm each day.

The sessions have been organised by Maggie Wynn of ChangingPace, an Edinburgh organisation which specialises in promoting cycling, and will be delivered by qualified cycle trainers.

The course will develop cycling and bike maintenance skills at the school and also on rides each day along Edinburgh’s cycle path network and quiet roads. Education and fun – as would be expected from people who recently developed and delivered Bicycle Fun Days at the same primaries.

The cost for the 4 days is £50, and the children will receive a goody bag worth £10 that includes a Spokes cycle map, puncture repair kit and water bottle.

Places limited – to reserve a place call Maggie Wynn now on 0131 332 3442 or 07914 727018 or email

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“The Government does not have any plans to introduce mandatory helmet laws for pedal cyclists”

Posted by chdot on March 14, 2008

That’s the official response from the Prime Minister to an online petition – “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to oppose the introduction of any mandatory helmet laws for pedal cyclists.”

It also says: “The DfT is planning to commission a new research project on cyclists’ road safety soon. This will include an updated review of cycle helmet effectiveness,” and finally concludes: “However, the Government believes it would be irresponsible not to promote a product that can reduce injuries and continues to promote helmet wearing on a voluntary basis, especially by children.”

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Serious Loss

Posted by chdot on March 14, 2008

By contrast with the small victory over double yellow lines on The Mound, the Council also decided to do away with the Velodrome at Meadowbank. In the run up to the London Olympics in 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 this is pretty poor.

Considering that Scotland has been rather good at producing top class, medal winning, track cyclists, its almost inexcusable. There have been many plans to upgrade or replace the Velodrome. Roofs have been designed, a whole new facility was planned for Hunters Hall Park in Craigmillar.

But Edinburgh’s indecision resulted in money going to Glasgow for a new facility that will be used for the Games there.

There is no reason why Scotland shouldn’t have more than one velodrome. It’s not a case of producing an expensive facility just for ‘elite athletes’. Evidence from Manchester shows that the indoor track there is well used by many sections of the community – for fun as well as serious sport.

Today’s Scotsman story | Background | Evening News story

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