Category Archives: Transport

PEDAL ‘Street Level’ – make it happen on your street!


Would you love to have a street party on your street — but never got round to mak­ing it hap­pen? Or do you think car-sharing with a few people who live close by would make sense, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Maybe you think it’s crazy that 10 people in your street have a lawn mower, when you could all just use the same one?

If so, Street Level may be for you.

It’s not complicated – just the chance to bring together a bunch of people who’d like to start something good on their street – so they can share a bit of moral and prac­tical sup­port. Let’s get together, share ideas and resources and sup­port one another to make good things hap­pen on our streets.

The kinds of things we might do are:

Organise street parties

Join Streetbank

Get on-street bike storage

Start community gardens

Build on-street planters/trees

Make or commission public art

Share chickens

Start food/solar/insulation co-ops…

… stuff like that.

If you’re interested, email info [at] pedalporty [dot] org or call Eva

Announcing a new PEDAL working group: Bike Group

We are setting up a new cycling steering group for PEDAL – we’ve started running a local survey on what people would like to help them cycle more, and aim to use this to apply for funding support.

We’re thinking: Dr Bike sessions for the market, adult cycle training, commuter buddying, and on-street bike tools. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch with us or come along to the next market to have a chat.

Contact Charlotte on portycharlotte [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk if you’re interested.

Fancy(Bike)Dress?! for Bike Full Day/ Car Free Day 2013

If you fancy not only coming to the ‘Strictly Cycling’ performance outside the Town Hall at 11am on Sunday but also joining in for (some of?) the cycle ride along the Prom and then the cycle track to the Mela at Leith Links, then why not dress up your bike for the occasion?!

After the 30 minutes ‘cycle-about’ show (11am to 11.30am on Sunday September 1st 2013) outside the Town Hall, they’ll take an hour’s break (11.30 to 12.30) before setting off from the Cake stand on the Prom at the bottom of Marlborough Street at 12.30 to cycle along the promenade to Leith links, with as many cycle of us as feel like joining them!


‘Strictly Cycling’ Cycle Ballet: Car Free Day/ Bike Full Day, 11am, 1st September

Not so much Car Free Day as Bike Full Day – Sunday September 1st 2013!

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images)

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images!

Strictly Cycling is an exciting new ‘cycle-about’ show combining improvisation, choreography and visual performance. The performance plays with the everyday events and experiences of riding a bike, adding a hint of the surreal and comical, to change the way you think about cycling and your city spaces.

Strictly Cycling is a strolling / cycling, promenade-style performance inspired by the flash mob phenomenon. 

The performance will last about 30minutes.  Then the company will take a break from 11.30 to 12.30 before setting off from the Cake stand on the Prom at the bottom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the promenade to Leith links, with as many cycle mob followers as feel like joining them! So come to the performance outside the Town Hall at 11am and

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then join in for as much of the cycle ride along the Prom and then the cycle track to the Mela at Leith Links as you feel like.


Lothian Buses Open Day, 22nd September

Lothian Buses will be holding a depot open day at Central Depot, 55 Annandale Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4AZ on Saturday 22 September between 11.45 and 16.00.  This is part of the Cockburn Association’s Doors Open Day event across Edinburgh.

The event is a great FREE fun day out for all of the family – highlights including:

  • Edinburgh Buses from the 1950’s to date on display
  • Guided open-top bus tours of the depot
  • Tours of the depot in a vintage double-decker
  • Trips through our bus washer in our state-of-the-art hybrid double-decker buses
  • Manufacturer stand including an artist’s impression of our forthcoming single-decker hybrid buses
  • Driving simulators
  • The Heart of Midlothian parade bus AND the Scottish Cup
  • Bus hoisted on jacks for you to walk under
  • The chance to sit in the driving seat of a double-decker and play with the controls
  • Playbus with ball pit and slides
  • Bus toppled onto its side and recovery demonstration (2.30pm)

There will also be refreshments and toilets.

There is also a competition on our website to win the chance to see behind the scenes of their brand new Control Room suite.  See for more details and how to enter.

Car Free Day Bike & Boat Parade!

Here is the report we sent to who want to use photos of this and other events happening across the planet today to project onto the UN building in New York and let the powers that be know that the people will carry on leading until the leaders follow:

“Here in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, the sun shone and 50 folk turned out on their bicycles to celebrate a world moving beyond fossil fuels.

“Another dozen folk on rowing skiffs from our local rowing club joined in rowing along the shore next to the cyclists as we processed to the site of what we hope will become the first community owned urban turbine in the UK. The bicycles and boats were full of people of all ages, and the cyclists were led by a bike decorated as a great green dragon! With earth flags flying and banners reading “100% renewable energy now” we enjoyed the sunshine and renewed our hope that community action – such as the community orchard and other food growing projects we have begun, and insulation projects and the proposed community turbine – can help ensure our children look back with happiness at what we have done to ensure their lives are blessed with renewable energy and renewed communities.”

We were blessed with wonderful sunshine for Car Free Day 2011 (poster here), and we had a good turnout of all ages, earth flags, bikes, scooters and rowing skiffs.

We met at 2pm at the Cake Stand at the bot­tom of Marlborough Street, waited for the two rowing skiffs to get ready with their earth flags flying, then set off cycling along the Prom to the beach below the pro­posed community turbine site at Seafield. This year Our Car Free Day was held on international ‘Moving Planet’ Day of action (September 24th.)

Some folk spent the morning at the Orch­ard for the Equinox monthly work day and then cycled down to join every­one for the 2pm start. Others joined the ‘Moving Planet: moving beyond fossil fuels’ March and Rally at Holyrood before cycling down to join our bike and boat parade. Others managed to finish the shopping, or even get out of bed, in time to join us!

We had thought of holding a time trial (see­ing how well a car, a bike, a skate­board, a skiff do racing against each other if none of them are fossil fuelled!) but were informed by the police that all vehicles (except work vehicles) are banned from the Prom – which is a very good thing!

Ok, why not try to guess which of these four photos chose to run with, and then think what title they might have given it?

You can find out the photo and the unexpected title by clicking HERE!

Exciting dates for your diary!

Saturday Aug 27th 2-30-4.30 – Local Currency Event

Join us at Old Parish Church Hall, Belfield Street, to discuss how to get an Edinburgh-wide local currency in place by this time next year (for more information, scroll down to the earlier post on the subject).

Saturday Sept 3rd – Next Organic Market in Brighton Park

This will be the 1st anniversary of the market and – as well as the wonderful stalls – will include:

– a series of brief inspiring films from 10.30 and an organic picnic (bring your own food or buy at the market) from 12.30 as PEDAL becomes one of 12 communities across Scotland hosting a ‘Blasta’ event celebrating Local Food. (Blasta is Gaelic for ‘tasty’).

– a Big Things On The Beach public art event from 10 called TOXME which you are invited to participate in, an event which highlights the toxic chemicals we are exposed to in our daily foods and lives.

Sunday Sept 4th – POD’s Portobello Village Fair (2-5)

As well as contributing to the light-hearted home grown vegetables competition, PEDAL will have  two stalls: one for the Orchard and bee keeping group, and one to enable people to ask questions about our proposed community-owned Turbine.

Saturday Sept 24th – Car Free Day (set off at 2)

– Meet at 2pm at the Cake Stand at the bottom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the Prom to the beach below the proposed Turbine site at Seafield, or join  us at the orchard anytime after 10 for the monthly work day and Equinox celebrations and then cycle down to join everyone for the 2pm start.

– This year kids are going to need to persuade their parents to help them dress up their bike beforehand, and we will be encouraging rowers, canoests and sailors to join us in demonstrating fossil fuel free travel! We may even stretch to a time trial: seeing how well a car, a bike, a skateboard, a skiff do racing against each other if none of them are fossil fueled!

Bike Week launched at Bike Station

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 05:42 AM PDT

To launch Bike Week in Scotland, makeover TV celebrities Colin and Justin visited the Bike Station to help send the message of this year’s theme – Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix.

Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix is an ambitious attempt to fix as many bikes as possible during one week.

The Bike Station will be doing its bit:

At Dr Bike’s they’ll be fixing bikes cycled to us on the day, with a mobile workshop on location in Edinburgh*and Glasgow.

At Fix Your Own Bike sessions in the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth Bike Stations.

And at each Bike Station, mechanics will be repairing as many old, discarded bikes as possible.

There is a full list of all Bike Week events on the Bike Week events website.

* in Edinburgh, get your bike fixed at any Bike Station event, and enter a free prize draw to win a new bike.


Traffic & Parking Consultation 25th May

In Porty Town Hall, Edinburgh Council is holding a Traffic & Parking Consultation on Wednesday 25th May 7-9pm.

If you live on Marlborough St, Bellfield S, Regent St, Straiton Place or Bath St – you are invited to have your say about how the Council should deal with the parking congestion on these streets.

On a personal note: We have a car and live on Marlborough Street. Here are some suggestions to help solve the traffic and parking problems:


This street (like Bath Street) have park­ing on only one side (instead of be­ing impass­able for ped­es­tri­ans by cars park­ing on the pave­ments). This would dis­cour­age us (and maybe oth­ers?) from own­ing cars since cars in a city like Edinburgh are (for most of us) all about con­veni­ence, and not being able to park here would be migh­tily inconvenient!


Instead, some of the remain­ing park­ing spaces should be con­ver­ted into covered cycle racks so that using bicycles can be made more con­veni­ent (or simply made pos­sible!) for those of us in tene­ments (and those in houses). These need not be individual cubicles as used on many stations (which take up too much room per bike) but a covered rack where bikes can be locked up and have the worst of the rain kept off them.


Those who con­tinue to park on the street could con­trib­ute to com­munity trans­port ini­ti­at­ives through com­munity per­mits that can help pay for such cycle park­ing shel­ters and help make the city car club cheaper for those who decide to relin­quish their cars, or for those who don’t have a car but need to use one. This could be a popular and innovative approach and would be far more popular, helpful and targeted on helping solve our transport issues, than people paying for Council park­ing per­mits.

Alongside the excel­lent bus ser­vice, per­haps this will help us to kick the car habit and make our streets safer and bet­ter places to be.

Any other thoughts out there? It could be useful to have a range of suggestions, rather than just complaints, to bring to the meeting!

Free Family Cycle Commuting training and advice

The Bike Station is now offering *free* training and support for Edinburgh parents interested in giving family cycle-commuting a go.

This is part of the new Spokes & Bike Station ‘Weans on Wheels’ (WOW!) project this year, which aims to encourage more every-day family cycle-commuting by providing information and support to parents, particularly those with children too young to go on their own bike.   The aim is to build awareness, skills and confidence through hands-on advice and training.  There are realistic (and fun, healthy and educational) alternatives to the dreary old car-based daily travel routine for play-group, nursery, school etc. Continue reading