TryCycling In Edinburgh ~ News 2007

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Sat 16th - Sun 24th June ~ Edinburgh Bike Week Film Festival, Film House, Lothian Rd.

See the exciting programme of films & make ticket reservations including special ticket deals.


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Friday 25 May - 7pm at Edinburgh Art College ~ Invitation to a social evening with cycle campaign pioneer - George Platts.

George Platts

Details & ticket reservations or reservations can also be made through me: Maggie Wynn Tickets are limited. Please support the event.

2007 is the 30th anniversary for Spokes, Sustrans, and Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op. If you enjoy cycling you'll enjoy an evening with George Platts. A lot has been achieved over the last 30 years, come & be entertained, enlightened & inspired.

Thirty years ago cycle campaigners began getting organised in cities across the UK. In Edinburgh Spokes held its first public meeting in September 1977. On the seventh of the seventh in ?77, activists in Bristol created Cyclebag which developed into sustainable transport charity Sustrans which will mark the 30th anniversary in July.

The man who ?invented? the name Cyclebag, George Platts, is paying a rare visit to Edinburgh in a couple of weeks and has agreed to give a talk on the past thirty years entitled ?Two Wheels Two Eyes?. George says ?I have a good memory of what was happening that lead to Spokes and Cyclebag etc. appearing in 1977 and what made them so successful?. He will talk about politics (environmentalism), art (street theatre) & also ?pressure group energy?.

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Sun 15th April ~ Request for Volunteers

TryCycling in Edinburgh is a campaign that aims to encourage and support more people to cycle more of the time. The campaign organises social rides in and around Edinburgh for new and less confident cyclists. These take place on the last Sunday of the month. It also works with a number of cycling organisations to mount a cycle presence at some of the outdoor festivals, family, and corporate events in the city.

The campaign aims is to sell the benefits of cycling to as many people as possible and the pool of volunteers who have assisted in the process, by passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge about cycling have been instrumental to the success of the project.

Summer is approaching, lots of stalls and rides are planned. Your assistance really would go a long way to giving others the confidence to cycle. Remember 2007 is the 30th Anniversary for both Spokes & Sustrans. Lets work together to get more people cycling this year! If you'd like to join in the fun and offer your time to help with these events please get in touch.

To find out more:

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Fri 05 Oct 2007 - Sun 14 Oct 2007 ~ Cuban Revolution Cycle In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care...

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This ten-day cycling expedition begins in the Cuban capital of Havana and ends by the Carribean Sea in Trinidad some 350kms later. Most of the cars on the road are large American Chevys and Buicks from before the revolution, and buildings have remained untouched for more than half a century. You can't help but be touched by the friendliness and pride that the Cubans feel for their country.

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Outside of Havana, there are very few vehicles on the road and as Cuba has a strong biking culture, you will fit right in. You will pass villages separated by colourful fruit orchards, sugar plantations and tree-lined avenues. You will also see the monument to Che Guevera as you pass through Santa Clara.

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You will cycle through Cienfuegos, which sits in a bay facing the Caribbean Sea and has attracted pirates through the ages, and continue to the magnificent Sierra del Escambray before finally reaching Trinidad.

You can spend your final evening dining and salsa dancing before returning to Havana.

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Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families. Your local Marie Curie Hospice actively promotes quality of life for people with cancer and provides support for their families. The services are completely free to patients.

This challenge is open to anyone aged 18 or over. To take part in Cuba Cycle contact Elspeth Utterson, Marie Curie Cancer Care, 29 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QN, call 0131 456 3729 or email Elspeth Utterson

Full details can be found at: Charity Challenge

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2007 ~ A Selection of Charity Cycle Rides

There are a number of cycle rides organised every year that offer the challenge of a longer ride, along a specified route, in the company of others with the option of raising money for charity. Not only are these rides a lot of fun, they are a great target to aim for if you want to be motivated to do more cycling more often. Here are details of some rides in 2007. Let us know of others, so we can get them on the website:

  • Sunday 13 May Lowlands Canal Cycle Ride
  • Saturday 16 June Edinburgh - St Andrews Cycle Ride
  • Sunday 24th June Two Capitals Cycle Ride Brand new for 2007 is a charity ride from the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond through Dunfermline (the old Capital of Scotland) to Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It's being organised by Allan Prentice & the Rotary Club of West Fife, with the aim of ?raising funds to buy cycling equipment for schools to improve health, encourage cycling to school & reduce global warming.? Please note: There is a shortened family route (part of route) from the start to Dunfermline Glen, about 7 mls, mainly on quiet roads & cycle paths. ~ Cost: adults 10, kids 5.
  • Sunday 24 June Etape Caledonia
  • Sunday 16 September Pedal for Scotland

Why not give it a go!

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Sun 4th & Mon 5th Feb ~ Winter Bicycle Film Festival Feedback...

The Winter Bicycle Film Festival was a huge success. Thank you to all who came and supported the event and all the film makers who allowed us to show their films.

There was a lively discussion about Critical Mass after the screening of We Are Traffic. Overall, views tended to indicate that CM, if used as a celebration of cycling, could be a positive means of encouraging more people to cycle.

Award winning Edinburgh film maker,Chas Nairn, showed a five minute preview of his new film "Extended Family". The premiere of which is eagerly awaited.

Thanks again to the Filmhouse staff who look after us all superbly.

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Sun 4th & Mon 5th Feb ~ Winter Bicycle Film Festival...

Downloadable leaflet of Winter Bicycle Film Festival 2007 We Are Traffic

On these cold, blustery days here is a bicycle festival to be enjoyed in the warmth & comfort of a cinema. Edinburgh's first Bicycle Film Festival (June 2006) was a huge success and is set to become a regular event at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh during Bike Week. For the organisers, a once a year festival of "must see" cycling films seemed just too small a window to show the eclectic mix of wonderful cycling films that receive huge acclaim from audiences world wide. Hence this mini winter festival of bicycle films.

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This festival will include some great MTB/freestyle films - but don't feel you have to be a mountain biker yourself to enjoy them. The scenery is spectacular and the skills of the riders deserves huge respect. Hopefully the programme has something for everyone. Bring a friend - these films are not just for cycling enthusiasts - they are great films in their own right!

Tickets available now from the Filmhouse Box Office 0131 228 2688. Ticket deals available. See you all there, and in the Filmhouse cafe afterwards, hopefully, too!

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