The Taycoasters Social Cycling Ride Leaders Invite you to join them this coming Sunday.

June’s Taycoasters ride will be next Sunday, the 30th, starting at 2 pm at Tayport Harbour

There are hardly any hills on the route, but much of it is off-road, so the surface is a little rough in places; mountain bikes would be preferable to road bikes, but hybrids are fine and there is one intrepid member of the group who does this ride on her Brompton! 

David and Jim will be leading the ride out from Tayport with a café stop. Mainly along forest trails. If you want any further details please contact David Collison d.j.collison@dundee.ac.uk 

The forecast for Sunday is warm and sunny, with pedalling intervals.

 

Summer holiday fun for all the family

Over the summer holidays Fife Council Travel Planning team are running a competition that encourages the whole family to be active and get involved

How to join in?

  • Take a walk in one of these five fabulous Fife parks: Riverside Park, Letham Glen, Craigtoun County Park, Beveridge Park and Pittencrieff Park.
  • Look out for #striderrocks featuring the well known Living Streets Walk to School mascot
  • Take a photo of the #striderrocks you find and tag them on Twitter #Striderrocks @LStreetsScot
  • Re-hide any stones you find
  • Or get creative and design your own ~Striderrocks to hide and join in the fun

#Striderrocks Tweets posted by 21st August 2019 will be entered into a draw for some amazing prizes including a visit from Strider to their school.

E Bike Demo Session at Tentsmuir 14th June

Fife Cycle Centre are hosting an E-Bike demo day on Friday 14th June, 4pm to 6pm at Tentsmuir Forest.

We are holding an e-bike demo afternoon at Tentsmuir Forest car park next Friday between 4-6pm. 

There will be a wide selection of electric bikes available for you to demo free of charge. You can get your leg over e-road / e-mountain / e-hybrid and take them through their paces through the forest and on the roads. It’s a great opportunity for a prospective buyer to get a real feel of how e-bikes work and all the benefits they bring. Also existing owners may want to demo the latest tech! 

Everyone is welcome – will be a good laugh and a good chance to ride some really cool bikes. 

Dirt Crit series at Fife Cycle Park

Well done to our P5-7 cyclists who took part in round 2 of the Dirt Crit Series at Fife Cycle Park on Tuesday 21st May. They clocked in some great times and were a credit to their schools.

Over 80 pupils from Fife participated in the 2019 Primary School Dirt Crit Series organised by Active Schools Coordinators, Senior Outdoor Education Instructor Allan Dunlop and Lochore Meadows staff and Fife Cycle Park staff. The aim of the series was to increase opportunities to take part in competitive outdoor cycling while raising awareness of links to local community clubs and sessions.

Our Bikeability Coordinator Shealagh attended along with Cycle Fife to help raise the profile of Bikeability and get more people involved.

Bikeability and Cycle Fife staff at the Dirt Crit at Fife Cycle park 

EV charging point work at Halbeath Park and Ride!!

Works will commence at Halbeath Park & Ride on Monday 10th June to install 6 new twin 7kW trickle chargers, replacing the existing units.

There should be limited disruption to the 2 rapid chargers and the fast charger during these works.

We apologise for any inconvenience and are working with the contractor to have the facilities up and running as soon as physically possible.

Expansion of ABC multi operator ticket

Bus travel in East Fife is as easy as ABC

• Multi-operator bus ticket comes to Fife
• New travel zone for North East Fife, including Glenrothes and Levenmouth
• Partnership approach provides new smart ticket options

The ABC bus ticket scheme, already available in Dundee, is coming to Fife this week, providing new ticket options for less.

Bus operators have once again joined forces to offer an unlimited travel, smart bus ticket to people who need to use more than one bus company to make their journey. The existing ABC bus scheme is already available in Dundee and offers adult and child versions of the multi-operator ticket, which is accepted on any Moffat & Williamson, Stagecoach or Xplore Dundee bus.

The three bus operators have now extended the scheme into Fife, offering two new ticket zones for passengers in Dundee and East Fife. The three zones available from 3 June will be the existing Dundee zone, a new East Fife zone and a third area which combines Dundee and East Fife. The development means that bus users can connect up their journeys using more than one operator, or continue onward journeys using another service, without paying for separate tickets.

The new East Fife zone covers travel from the Tay Road bridge, south to include St Andrews and the East Neuk, Leven and as far east as Glenrothes, Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty and Newburgh.
The ABC ticket scheme is making smart bus travel even easier. Tickets are loaded onto a smartcard – a durable card which is ‘read’ by the ticket machine on the bus and can be used time and time again.

ABC, which stands for All Bus Companies, has already facilitated almost 100k passenger journeys since it was launched in Dundee in 2016. The expansion into Fife, now provides even more journey opportunities, making bus travel more affordable and even easier with just one ticket required.
ABC tickets are valid for 1 day or 7 days and can be purchased for an adult or a child. Most tickets can be bought from the driver by loading an existing smartcard with the product, or customers can buy ABC tickets at Seagate bus station in Dundee, the Xplore Dundee travel shop on Commercial St Dundee, or at St Andrews bus station.

The partnership also involves Dundee City Council and Fife council, and is supported by Transport Scotland and Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme funding.

Long Service Award for cycle training

Last week we attended Wormit Primary School and had the pleasure of presenting a long service award for cycle training to Di McGhie, who has been delivering training for 15 years at Wormit and surrounding Schools. She has been a stalwart in supporting Susan Walker who is CT+ Trained and gives up her time to deliver training other parent volunteers to allow them to deliver level 1 and 2 Bikeability.

Well Done Di!

It’s time to celebrate.

Pupils from across Fife headed to their local parks to get active and celebrate all things that are great about walking and their participation in the WOW project during National Walking Month.

During May, a number Fife schools came together to take part in lots of fun activities in their local parks. All the schools there take part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets.

WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with collectable badges and has been shown to increase the number of children walking to school by 23 per cent on average. Pupils and teachers from the Fife schools have been working hard to increase active travel rates and have made a real effort to increase walking to school.

over the 4 events 500 pupils attended and took part in a range of activities including, fun with award winning Children’s entertainer Jamie the Jester, games sessions, den building, and lots more. The activities were chosen to highlight the active fun children can have outdoors.

Fife Council have been delivering the WOW celebration events for 3 years and love working in partnership with Living Streets to make the event as fun as possible and a real celebration of Fife’s commitment to making the school journey an active one.

Fife schools are part of a collective of 220 schools from across Scotland who are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge and helping make Scotland a walking nation.

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee Fife Council said:

Fife Schools have been taking part in the year round walk to school challenge for the past couple of years and we have seen some great achievements from those involved. Last year one of Fife Schools received the title for most actively travelled in Scotland for Easter, this was then repeated by another Fife school who was awarded most actively travelled in Scotland for the Festive period. it is fantastic to see such results and increases in active travel to school through the hard work of everyone involved. I hope the pupils enjoy the events and it encourages them to keep up the excellent work.

Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager, Living Streets Scotland said:

“We love working with Fife Council on their WOW park events. As a Local Authority they are dedicated to making the school journey an active one, and we support them to make this happen.

“This May we want to get the whole of Scotland taking to their feet and celebrating the benefits of moving more. These schools are a fantastic example of what can be achieved from small steps.”

Living Streets have now developed the WOW song and Dance and are encouraging people to join in the fun by learning the song and dance before uploading to twitter with #walktoschoolweek and #WOWDance. Don’t forget to tag LStreetsScot

Stride on song with subtitles, Learn the dance