Archive for July, 2008

English Stations Encourage Cycling

Posted by chdot on July 11, 2008

Thirty one railway stations in England have been chosen in a pilot “to encourage rail users to use environmentally friendly forms of transport when travelling to and from station”.

“Over the next nine months, extensive passenger research will be carried out at pilot stations to understand how and why passengers choose particular modes of transport to access them.  Specific travel plans will then be developed and implemented during 2009.  Further research to evaluate the effectiveness of the plans will be undertaken in 2011.”

This is a move developed by The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) but was only open to stations in England and Wales. National Express East Coast which runs trains from Edinburgh to London (bikes free, but need to be booked) is involved with the scheme at two of the stations it runs – Durham and Darlington. The latter is one of Cycling England’s Demonstration Towns

Scotland’s main train operator First ScotRail manages most stations (apart from Waverley which is run by Network Rail). ScotRail has regular meetings with representatives of cycling groups and has gradually improved facilities for cyclists since it abolished the £3 charge ten years ago.

Cycle facilities and promotion charity Sustrans pioneered the idea of “Safe Routes to Stations” and produced a valuable eight page guide on what should be done several years ago.

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Shop Promotes Cycling

Posted by chdot on July 11, 2008

Richard Dowsett has been running his cycle shop for just over a year. He has just produced a short video (just over a minute) which promotes his shop – and cycling in Edinburgh generally.

Previously known as Great Bikes No Bull, the Leith Walk shop has been rebranded as Leith Cycle Co. He explains on the video:

“What I love about cycling is the freedom, the exercise, the countryside you get to see and the speed you can see it. What I wanted to do when I got into this industry was just get out to people and show them what bikes they can ride and how easy it is and how accessible it is, from really cheap to really expensive.”

The You Tube video is the latest move to promote a new business which is benefiting from more people cycling and suffering from the effects of the preparatory work for the tram which is causing people – especially cyclists – to avoid Leith Walk.

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Cycle Speedway Today

Posted by chdot on July 6, 2008

Edinburgh Falcons Speedway Club is at home to Astley & Tyldesley today 2.00 at the track at Redbraes Park (map).

Spectators welcome (free).

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