The Bike Station is looking to recruit ten volunteer “bike route ambassadors” for a new social media project in Edinburgh. The ambassadors will help to promote a new map of Edinburgh’s extensive off-road cycle routes and walkways, many of which are based on old train lines that once ran through the city.
The Innertube Map is based on the classic London Tube Map, and aims to raise awareness of the city’s impressive network of routes. 30,000 copies of the map have just been printed, and the team behind the project recently received funding from The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to take the project to a whole new level.
The role of the ambassadors will be to cover different sections of the route near to where they live for both a group blog and an interactive online version of the map.
They’ll be trained to use multimedia 3G phones so that they can blog, tweet, and take geo-tagged photos, videos and audio recordings of what’s happening on and around the routes, and draw attention to problems like fly-tipping and litter where they occur.
You don’t have to be a cyclist to become one of the ambassadors — all sorts of people use the routes, for everything from walking their dogs to horse riding. But we are looking for people who are active and engaged local citizens, interested in the potential of the routes, and ideally interested in learning about social media.
You’ll also receive bike safety and maintenance training, and will help project partners Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust in important conservation work on some of the routes around the city.
If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador you can email email@example.com for more information about the role.
Spokes has a new fact-sheet on family cycle-commuting, now available online. This provides parents, particularly of young children, with ideas on how to use bikes for whole-family every-day transport, with real-life case-studies to provide added inspiration. A practical, economic and enjoyable solution to every-day work/nursery/school travel!
You can view the fact-sheet here.
More information on Spokes’s current work around Family Cycle-Commuting, updates to the fact-sheet etc. available here.
Spokes and The Bike Station are launching their ‘Weans on Wheels’ project this spring / summer (grant-funded by Cycling Scotland). The Bike Station will be delivering practical cycling support aimed specifically at parents needing to transport young children, through equipment demonstrations at nurseries and schools across Edinburgh, ‘drop-in’ training sessions and hands-on whole-family ‘have-go’ sessions. If you have contacts at a nursery or school (esp South Edinburgh) that might be interested, do contact Katherine Ivory at Spokes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ruairidh MacGlone at the Bike Station (email@example.com).
Also, if you work for a company registered with the Bike Station’s Better Way to Work project and you’d like to try out some of the different family-cycling options, the Bike Station might be able to loan you some equipment (Burley child trailers, child seats and tag-alongs, as well as adult bikes).
Edinburgh residents have the opportunity to buy bike racks and other storage equipment at reduced cost from the City Council if ordered by January 17th.
The equipment can be ordered for tenements or other residential locations and will be installed by mid-February. The move is part of the Council’s Active Travel action plan to increase bike ownership and use in the city.Delivery charges will be shared, significantly reducing costs.
Those interested should make sure they select equipment which meets relevant security and convenience needs. Residents are being encouraged to talk to neighbours, landlords and other relevant persons, especially if there is a common stairwell, garden or back-green.
More information on the types of product available and rough costs are available on the Spokes website. This also gives information on what to do next if you are interested in the offer. Some ideas that flat dwellers have already implemented to improve their bike storage can be found in this Spokes fact-sheet.
The offer only applies to Edinburgh City Council residents.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Revolution Will Not Be Motorized
For the last few months we have been trying to find people to take up the PEDAL challenge but so far we’ve not found many people to take up the offer.
To remind you: We have Ridacards, valid for one month, which we are giving away for free to help you experiment with making the transition from car use to public transport use. In return, you will pledge to not use your car for the month and keep a diary about your car-free experience. If you would like to take part, please e‑mail email@example.com or phone 669 4981 for further details.
We think this is a fantastic offer and would love to hear from you…
If you’re not tempted (at the moment) we’d be interested to hear your comments about what you think it would take for you to significantly reduce your car use. Please use the comment form below to contribute your thoughts.
On Sunday 20th Sept we held our annual Bike Parade starting from the Prom at the bottom of Kings Rd at 1.30. We had double the number of bikes as last year — it seemed like we had literally hundreds of dressed up bikes — and this year we had with us the amazing armchair bike!
Over 50 kids brought their bikes and their imaginations to the ‘dress up your bike’ workshop at Towerbank Primary School Ashpit on the Friday before — and their handiwork was on display on the Parade, alongside adults trees, dragons, flags, and much more!
The local market outside the library, Rosefield Avenue, was well attended (the local baking went fast!) and the ‘Isle of Egg’ Kids Eco-Comedy in St James Church Hall, was a very funny ecological fable which the kids loved, and the performers only just managed to stop the kids from taking over!
On Monday Sept 28th we kick off the Bike to Work scheme — feel free to join us outside the Town Hall at 8.55 to cycle into the City!
In case you missed all the fun — our 2009 Car Free Day Poster is available HERE!
The holiday season is approaching! If you need some inspiration about low-impact travel, have a read of My Hovercraft is Full of Eels, a new blog by PEDAL members Jane, Chris and Callum, about the train journey across Europe they are planning this summer.
Why not take up the PEDAL challenge?
On Car Free Day in September, we will draw names out of a hat to issue five lucky people with a free Ridacard each for one month to help you experiment with making the transition from car use to public transport use! In return, you will pledge to not use your car for the month and keep a diary about your car-free experience. If you would like to take part, please e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ’phone 669 4981 for further details.