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

Bikeability at Fife Cycle Park

It was busy busy at Fife Cycle Park on 28th October as pupils from Lochgelly South and Cardenden Primary schools worked on their cycling skills. The children were there to take part in Bikeability, which is the national cycle training scheme. This was level 1, where basic cycling skills are covered off road. The teaching was supported by Fife Council’s very own Bikeability Co-ordiantor, Shealagh Crabbe, along with Cycle Trainers and staff from Fife Cycle park.

The cycle park provides an excellent place to work on bike skills, and well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

Bikeability at Fife Cycle Park

 

Bike Maintenance Classes

Get your bike into shape this autumn at Fife Cycle Park with new Bike Maintenance Classes. A series of three classes will be held at Fife Cycle Park, Lochgelly, in conjunction with Leslie Bike Shop.

Learn how to do safety checks, brake and gear tweaks along with general maintenance and care in these evening 2 hour sessions, for only £10.

Tuesday 19th November 7-9pm

Tuesday 26th November 7-9pm

Monday 9th December 7-9pm

Thursday 12th December 7-9pm

Call 01592 583493 or email cycle.park@fife.gov.uk to book your place.

 

FCP Bike maintenance class poster

CLEAR Buckhaven Autumn Cycling Events

CLEAR  Buckhaven host a weekly cycling event, alternating between a led ride and a bike repair session. These events are free to attend, so just turn up and enjoy some autumn cycling or give your bike some TLC.

Dates for your diary –

Email CLEAR Buckhaven for more details ( clearfife@aol.com ) or check their Facebook page. 

Schoolfest Leven WoW Launch Saturday 7th September

Mountfleurie, St Agatha’s and Parkhill primary schools in Leven are hosting Schoolfest this Saturday 7th September in the grounds of St Agatha’s. They are promising a fantastic family fun day, and all are welcome to this free event.

Living Streets WoW programme will be launched and Bikeability will be there with the smoothie bike, so look out for us there!

 

North Fife Cycling – Survey about Safer Cycling between Newport and Wormit and that part of the ‘Tay Coast Loop’

North Fife Cycling have been asked to contribute comments to a discussion about cycling safety along the coast road between Newport and Wormit.

Whether you cycle this as local active travel and commuting, for health and enjoyment or this is part of a longer cycle trip around North Fife and the  ‘Tay Loop’ your quick comments will be very welcome.

Please reply before noon on Wednesday 4th September – I will look at comments received then for a meeting the next day.

After that date if you still fill in this survey it will still be helpful for gathering a wider range of views.

 

Full survey  https://forms.gle/kuA92C2Z2oLpZpYb7

this gives us the fullest range of comments

Short survey https://forms.gle/eJe72DvasGmTvfRV7

this may be a version easier to use if you are reading this on a mobile phone

 

Thank you!

Making Cycling Mainstream courses

Transition St Andrews are hosting free courses from Cycling Scotland to help make cycling mainstream with a structured programme of CPD accredited learning.

Link to the Cycling Scotland website – https://www.cycling.scot/our-programmes/training/making-cycling-mainstream

https://www.cyclinghub.scot/class-details/5617

https://www.cyclinghub.scot/class-details/5619

Dates for the first courses are –

Planning & Design (Foundation) September 17th (12-3pm)

Behaviour Change (Foundation) September 30th (12-3pm)

 

Contact Andrea Haveshaw by email if you would like to attend – aeah@st-andrews.ac.uk