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Spokes Calls for Cyclists

Posted by chdot on September 14, 2008

At the end of European Mobility Week (on In Town Without My Car Day) Spokes will handing letters to political leaders at both City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government asking for more investment in walking and cycling.

If you want to join this short campaigning ride, assemble in West Parliament Square (map) between 12.15-12.30, or come to the City Chambers at 12.45 and/or Scottish Parliament at 1.15.

Photos of the event.

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Have Your Say on Cycling

Posted by chdot on September 12, 2008

The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) roadshow rolls into Edinburgh tomorrow (Sat 13th). It’s at the St James Centre from 11am until 5:30pm.

“Do you want more cycle paths? Subsidised cycling? More cycle clubs in your area? Or have you never considered getting on a bike? Whatever your views, we want to hear them.  The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) needs the views of the Scottish people on how to make cycling an easier and more practical option.”

If you can’t get there in person fill in the online survey. (There are prizes to be won!)

THIS IS IMPORTANT – if you have any views on cycling don’t keep them to yourself. The Action Plan will be the blueprint for Government spending in Scotland over the next few years.

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Sustrans Boss Welcomes Green Passport Day

Posted by chdot on September 12, 2008


The new Green Passport Day next Saturday (September 20th) has been welcomed by Sustrans National Director for Scotland John Lauder: “Events like this are a great idea. Sustrans’ vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. With the continued expansion of our award winning National Cycle Network, 75% of the population live now within two miles of the Network. Whether used for leisure or commuting, Edinburgh’s traffic free paths offer a pleasant and accessible route to shopping and leisure facilities, schools, parks, the sea front and more.

The event takes place along the path network between Roseburn and Leith.  Green Passports are being distributed to all primary and nursery school children in Edinburgh. Spare copies will be available on the day. The idea is to walk, cycle or scooter along the route collecting stamps at the checkpoints. After collecting two or more stamps the passport can be handed in and entered into a prize draw. Participants are also being encouraged to enjoy some family games in Victoria Park. Map of route and checkpoints.

Organiser Maggie Wynn of ChangingPace says “Edinburgh’s more famous land marks are known world wide. When using these paths the city is viewed and enjoyed from a completely different, but equally beautiful perspective.”

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Yellow Bus Report Encourages Cycling

Posted by chdot on September 12, 2008


The Yellow School Bus Commission has issued its report today. It concludes that a widespread, America style, system of school buses would reduce ‘school run’ traffic congestion and have positive effects on pupils and the environment.

It is also clear about other methods of getting to school: “The Commission strongly believes that walking and cycling should be encouraged and promoted within sensible distances.” It recommends “Further measures to encourage walking and cycling”.

“As stated in Section 4 and reinforced in the recommendations, the Commission is mindful that any proposals should build on the work done to develop walking and cycling. For shorter distances, walking and cycling remain the most sustainable mode of travel for the journey to school.”

The six person commission was chaired by David Blunkett MP and included Green MSP Patrick Harvie.

Full report (64 pages) | Executive summary (5 pages)

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Cycle to the Smiddy

Posted by chdot on September 11, 2008


This month’s 20 Milers ride will visit the Cousland Smiddy – a restored Smith’s Cottage and 18th century Smiddy building – which is only open a few days a year.

As usual the ride will leave the top of Middle Meadow Walk (by the two Police Coffee Boxes) at 10.30 on Saturday (13th).

Mike Lewis of the 20 milers says “We have an interesting day planned. Darren Mirfield will be leading us on a very pleasant route to Cousland in Midlothian. Although slightly longer than usual (about 24 miles in total), it should be a reasonably easy ride, mainly following bike paths and other off-road routes. It will be reasonably flat, apart from one serious hill just before we reach the village.

“The ride will provide a rare opportunity to visit Cousland Smiddy which will be having an open day to coincide with our visit. The visit to the smiddy will, of course, be optional, but I think it will be worth doing. Note that there is a suggested entry donation of £2.

“Cousland doesn’t have a pub or cafe, but the folk at the smiddy will be laying on hot drinks and home baking. This will be our main meal break, so I suggest you also bring a sandwich or snack to supplement the food on offer. Remember, all our rides are free, and you’re welcome to bring your pals.”

For info on other leisure rides around Edinburgh, visit cycling-edinburgh.org.uk.

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Commuter Challenge Volunteers Wanted

Posted by chdot on September 10, 2008

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Once again Edinburgh is to have a Commuter Challenge as part of European Mobility Week. For the past few years the destination has been Princes Street. 

For 2008 (Friday 19th September) it will be the newly opened, almost tranquil, St. Andrew Square gardens – complete with cafe.

Participants will set off from each of four departure points around Edinburgh (the Park and Ride site at Ingliston, Newcraighall Station, Ocean Terminal and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) and travel by car, bus, train, motorcycle or bicycle.

Organiser Maggie Wynn of ChangingPace is looking for volunteers travelling either by their normal means of transport, or trying a different one for the day. “The challenge compares some typical commuter journeys into the centre of Edinburgh for speed, cost and impact on climate change.  We hope that the results will help people make their own minds up about how they want to travel to work.”

Departures will be timed so that the participants from each starting point will arrive at St Andrew’s Square around 8.15am.

It’s not a race – all participants will have to follow the highway code and other regulations, so car drivers will have to observe the speed limit and park legally, public transport users will have to buy a ticket, and cyclists will only be allowed to use roads and recognised cycle routes). Awards will be given for the earliest arrivals from each of the four departure points. Coffee and buns for registered participants!

If you want to join in the fun, e-mail Maggie Wynn (or ‘phone 07914 727 018)

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