Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival Fun

Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival 
The second cycling festival ran from Saturday 22nd – Monday 31st August. It consisted of a mixture of small face-to-face activities and online events.
The week included a selection of led rides, including a family ride and one for ladies and non-binary people. Fife Council’s Bikeability CTA volunteers attended running 3 Bikeability games sessions.
The weather was dry and sunny, and nine participants attended over three sessions that day. The sessions started with some bike skills taught by Gary, who is a volunteer with Greener Kirkcaldy, and also a Bikeability volunteer. 
The cycling ability of those who took part varied from novice up to fairly confident cyclist. The bike skills part of the session gave the novice riders enough confidence to then enjoy a led ride around Beveridge Park.
In addition to that, two online events took place:
– Why Cycle? Local cyclists talked about their experiences of different types of cycling locally – from long distance road cycling to commuting by bike, and cycling the kids to school.
– Better Living through Pedalling – Lilith Cooper, author of Gears for Queers talked about how cycling has helped her mental health, and Nat Spring talked about how cycling helped him gain confidence after an accident, and inspired him to set up the 40 Days wellbeing challenge.
 There is more information here –

Family Bike Ride (part of Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival) 23rd August

Family Bike Ride (part of Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival)

Sunday 23rd August : 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet at Morrisons, Kirkcaldy
Free

Come along for a leisurely family bike ride using a mix of quiet roads and traffic-free paths.

Participants should be able to cycle for 1.5hrs at a leisurely pace. Children (and adults) should have enough basic cycling skills to cycle on quiet roads. Children must be accompanied – no more than two children per adult. 

Please make sure your bike is roadworthy before coming and wear appropriate clothes for the weather. Remember to also bring your own water and snacks. 

We will be meeting at the burger van in front of Morrisons. 

This event is part of the Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival.

Booking Instructions

The event is free but booking is required. Due to the need for social distancing, we are limiting the numbers on our bike rides. Each ticket covers up to two people from one household – if more people would like to attend from your household, please contact susan@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk to check if this is ok.

If you are having trouble booking you can call 01592 858458 or email info@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk for assistance. 

Bikeability Games (part of Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival)

Bikeability Games (part of Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival)

Saturday 29th August : 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beveridge Park
Free

Fife Council will be running free sessions of cycling games for school children in Primaries 4-7. Come along and have some fun whilst improving your balance and control on your bike.

Each session will last one hour. Sessions will start at 10am, 11:15am and 1pm.

Children must provide their own bike and helmet. Please make sure your bike is roadworthy before coming, and wear appropriate clothes for the weather. Remember to also bring your own water and snacks. 

This is running as part of the Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival – see link for details.

Booking Instructions

The event is free but booking is required. Please book one ticket per child.

If you are having trouble booking you can call 01592 858458 or email info@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk for assistance. 

Bikeability Conference – 24th March, Stirling

Cycling Scotland are hosting their annual Bikeability Conference in Stirling on Tuesday 24th March, in Stirling.

The conference will follow the normal format, starting at 9.30am (for 10am) until 3.30pm – a draft agenda can be found here.

Please be advised that both main training sessions are practical, and will have elements that take place outside on bikes.  For those attending, bikes will be available to borrow on the day, or as ever, we’d be delighted if you want to bring your own – just remember to bring suitable clothing and a lock for your bike!

 

To register your place, please click on this link.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bikeability-scotland-conference-2020-tickets-83768065539

Cycle Law Presentation Sunday 16th February

North Fife Cycling are hosting a presentation from Cycling Law Scotland, called

Cycle Collisions and Civil Law – your rights and responsibilities. The presentation will be given by Jodi Gordon, a partner in Cycle Law Scotland. There will be a discussion afterwards. The event is being held on Sunday 16th February between 6.30pm and 8pm, in the Church Hall, 1 Blyth Street, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8DB.

The flyer can be viewed here – North Fife Cycle Presentation Flyer

All are welcome and the event is FREE to attend.

You can book your place on Eventbrite on the following link –  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycling-collisions-and-civil-law-your-rights-and-responsibilities-tickets-86682420453

 

 

Your Views on Transport in Scotland for the next 20 years

Transport Scotland is asking Fife residents, businesses and other organisations to take part in a survey on strategic transport related problems and opportunities, as well as investment options. This will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next twenty years.

Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), the Scotland-wide review of the strategic transport network across all types of transport.

STPR2 will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next twenty years and input to the survey will help to deliver the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the draft National Transport Strategy.

Further information and a link to the survey can be found at www.transport.gov.scot/stpr2

The Second Strategic Transport Projects Review will:

  • help make Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and businesses
  • create better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options
  • highlight the vital contribution that transport investment can play in enabling and sustaining Scotland’s economic growth.

The survey will close at 5pm on 10 January 2020.

Winter Cycling – Be Safe, Be Seen

The nights are drawing in, so it’s time to get your bike and yourself ready for cycling in the dark.

Lights are mandatory for cycling at night in the UK, so a white light on the front and a red light on the back.

Increase your visibility by wearing reflective clothing, there is a wide range available from jackets, gloves to shoe covers, so visit your local cycling shop to see what is available.

Fluorescent clothing can help you be more visible during the day, with reflective clothing being more effective at night. This can include reflective panniers, rucksack covers and even helmet covers.

Adapt you cycling style to allow for the more unpredictable cycling conditions and adjust your speed to allow for extra grit on the road and black ice.

 

There are more tips in greater detail on this page from Road Cycling UK.

Ten road cycling tips to stay safe this winter

How to Reach Zero Emissions – St Andrews Space for Cycling Event

Event hosted by St Andrews Space for Cycling

Thursday 5th December 7-9pm  Lecture Room 2, Gateway Building, North Haugh,  St Andrews University

Professor Boyd will discuss his views on the lifestyle and other changes needed to respond to the climate crisis. There’s a conundrum – how do we shift ourselves from consuming? We need to do more about learning to live sustainably. We talk about sustainability but we don’t really know what it means. It will be followed by a short AGM of St Andrews Space for Cycling.

See link below for more details.

Free event, no booking required.

https://www.facebook.com/events/441998473409544/

Free Bikeability Scotland Cycling Training offered to All Schools in Fife

Yesterday Falkland Primary School children celebrated completion of their Bikeability Scotland cycling training, as part of a nationwide programme to get more kids on their bikes.

 

Headteacher of Falkland Primary School, Laura Munro said: 

 “Bikeability Scotland training has increased the confidence of many pupils now keen to access the countryside around their local area on their bikes. We had several outings last year with those who had completed Bikeability 2 into the local area as part of our own curriculum Falkland Footsteps where we promote adventuring.  Groups cycled through the estate and planned journeys to Strathmiglo all under their own steam – developing fitness, resilience, teamwork.

 “Falkland Primary have been involved in Bikeability for over 5 years now. It’s been great having the Bikeability Scotland team come along and deliver this training to our pupils. It has been such an easy process and the children love it.

 

“Bikeability Scotland training has even influenced our school travel plan, informing steps for change relating to reducing the traffic around our school.”

Research by Cycling Scotland has found that 65 per cent of children are more confident cycling after Bikeability Scotland training and 82% of parents say they will let their children cycle more as a result.*

 

Bikeability at Falkland primary school

Bikeability at Falkland primary school