Cycling on Film The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling have teamed up with the Bicycle Film Festival 15th-24th Jan.
A selection of films to appeal to a wide audience. The films take you on a journey around the world as we learn about a charismatic Ghanaian immigrant in Amsterdam who teaches refugee women to ride bikes –experience a birds-eye view of a BLM bicycle protest ride from New York to DC –feel the anguish of a father’s loss –the struggle of a young woman and her bike in Iran –and reprieve from genocide through cycle sport.
A ticket allows you to view the 90-minute short film package at any time between January 15 –24, streamed to your computer, tablet, or smart TV by simply clicking on the link provided by email. Ticket prices are “pay what you will” so all ticket prices entitle you to the same content. This way you can view the content in one sitting, or at your leisure, from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Tickets – click link below
Transition St Andrews are running free weekly Bike Pool Fix It Sessions every Monday and Wednesday. These are funded by the Scottish Cycle Repair scheme.
So, if you live nearby and your bike needs some TLC, you can book a session here –
- At these ‘pop up’ sessions we can can cover all basic bike maintenance and issues , including the £50 Government Bike Voucher scheme
- Due to current COVID restrictions an individual appointment slot must be pre-booked
- Scroll through the list of available dates and times (mostly Monday and Wednesday evenings, some Fridays) and select one. Complete your details to secure your spot
- Your confirmation email will have further guidance about attendance. Please take a moment to read this
- If you already know your bike is needing extensive work, this may be beyond the scope of the ‘pop up event’ . In this instance please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what you consider the issue(s) to be and we can advise further as to the best action.
Have your Say…
The UK Government is consulting on laws for safer cycling. The consultation document is seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for pedestrians, particularly children, older adults and disabled people, cyclists and horse riders. It is important that these groups feel safe in their interactions with other road users.
This interim review of The Highway Code, announced in October 2018, therefore focusses on the vulnerable groups mentioned above with specific consideration on overtaking, passing distances, cyclist and pedestrian priority at junctions, opening vehicle doors and responsibility of road users. There are 3 main changes that are being proposed through this consultation:
- introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
- clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements and that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road
- establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists or horse riders, and ensuring that they have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead
The consultation closes at midnight on 27th October.
The online consultation form can be found on the website – click here
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)
Sunday 23rd August : 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at Morrisons, Kirkcaldy
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.
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 email@example.com to check if this is ok.
If you are having trouble booking you can call 01592 858458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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.
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
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.