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An Edinburgh Festival of Cycling?

Edinburgh prides itself on being the City of Festivals, there are festivals for The Arts (and their attendant Fringe), Books, Films, Science, and even Storytelling. Edinburgh also has ambitions to be a cycling city, it is the only city in… Continue Reading →

A proposed eight point manifesto for safer cycling

The Times has launched a public campaign and 8-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists: Lorries entering a city centre should be required by law to fit sensors, audible turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars… Continue Reading →

How do you get more people to ride bicycles

Having spent far too much time trying to find how other places achieved the high cycling rates they have, I have come to the conclusion that there are two factors which can increase cycling rates and make cycling feel ”normal”…. Continue Reading →

The Cargo Bike Club idea revisited

Some time back I came up with the idea for a Cargo Bike Club™ along the lines of a City Car Club (read all about it here). Since that time it has been sitting on the back burner and a… Continue Reading →

A new set of wheels

Following my wee altercation with a traffic hump, I found myself in need of a new wheel and saw an opportunity. My Norco Volante has disc brake mounts on the frame but came fitted with V-brakes and I have long… Continue Reading →

Shopping: a reply

In a recent discussion on Twitter, Tom Bailey and I had a discussion about how to make shopping by bike more attractive, and in particular my suggestion that taxing parking spaces might help. Given the restrictions of trying to discuss… Continue Reading →

Cycle parking, a new opportunity in Edinburgh?

Some time ago I wrote a post called Cycle parking, please can we have more… in which I flagged up issue surrounding cycle parking in Edinburgh and the particular problems for tenement dwellers. Finally things are starting to change, as… Continue Reading →

Alpine Cycle Chic part 2: Bozen/Bolzano

For the second part of my look at Alpine cycle chic, I travelled south from Innsbruck to Bozen/Bolzano. The dual name tells you that we have now moved to the South Tyrol (German and Ladin: Südtirol, Italian: Sudtirolo or Alto… Continue Reading →

Alpine Cycle Chic part 1: Innsbruck

It is often said that a cycling culture, with riding a bicycle as transport, is only common in flat places. However, on my regular trips to the Alps I am always struck by just how many cyclists you see on… Continue Reading →

Introducing the Dutch Cycling Embassy

Ever wonder how the Dutch came to have Cycling For Everyone? Well this wee video from the Dutch Cycling Embassy how they got to where they are now and why they feel they have something worth exporting to the rest… Continue Reading →

Changing times for the Cycling Tourism

Five years ago I wrote a post about cycle touring is now fashionable and since that time I have undertake a fair bit of cycling tourism my self (as you will realise from reading this blog). So I was pleased… Continue Reading →

On yer bike… words from Will Self

I found this great wee piece from Will Self and decided share it here, listen and enjoy!

Re-visited

Five weeks and three days ago I went out for a bike ride and had a meeting with a hump in the road, which resulted in a badly buckled front wheel and a broken clavicle. Now that I am weaning… Continue Reading →

Should wearing cycle helmets be compulsory?

If there is one issue that is highly contentious in cycling, it is this: Should wearing cycle helmets be compulsory? It is no secret that I personally do not wear a cycle helmet, but I do understand that some people,… Continue Reading →

The Mayor of Vilnius find solution to cars parked in cycle lanes

The Mayor of Vilnius (capital of Lithuania), Artūras Zuokas, has found a solution to the problem of cars parked illegally in cycle lanes: Now if you were to try this in Edinburgh in August, it would probably be taken for… Continue Reading →

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