TryCycling In Edinburgh ~ News 2008

October 2008 ~ Trycyclists reach new heights...!

Chris & Jo at the top of the Chelela Pass, October 2008 Chris in Bhutan, October 2008

Not content with cycling in the mountains of Spain earlier in the year, trycyclists Dr Chris Oliver & Jo Hilton went to Bhutan in October, where their cycling took a different slant... They were driven for two hours to the top of the Chelela Pass outside Paro, Bhutan. The descent was 36Km (20miles) from the top of the spectacular Chelela pass at 3988 metres to the valley floor at about 1900metres. For the entire descent of twenty miles, which took just over an hour no pedalling at all was required!

Chris & Jo on the way down from the top of the Chelela Pass, October 20088

Now that's a cycling holiday we could all enjoy!!


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September 2008 ~ LearnaBikes

Puky running bike for age 2½ +

We have just launched a session called 'LearnaBikes' on a Thursday between 10.00 - 10.45. It is based around Cycling Scotlands' Ready, Steady, Bike programme of tuition but has been tweaked to accomodate our target age range which is the under fives. Coaches have been trained in this by certified trainers from the Bike Station in Edinburgh and are fully qualified. Kids are encouraged to start at around the two and a half years mark. We use Puky running bikes to teach basic cycling knowledge and safety through fun drills and games in our sports hall. Classes cost 3.80 and are bookable in blocks based around the school holidays. If any of your members wish to try out the class I can offer a free session if they contact me directly.

Please email Craig Cassidy for further details.


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Tues 16th - Mon 22nd Sept ~ European Mobility Week

Europen Mobility Week Logo

European Mobility Week (EMW) is essentially about encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport more, for health and environmental reasons, but also to improve the built environment & the communities we live in. Since 2002, Edinburgh has participated either fully or in part with European Mobility Week (EMW). The theme this year is "Clean Air for All".

There are opportunities for work places, schools and communities to be involved. Plenty of variety - Let your work place, school or community know, and be part of it.

Key points of interest include:

Edinburgh Commuter Challenge on 19 Sept, - we'll be looking for volunteers from across the city to cycle, bus, train and drive from Newcraighall, Ingliston, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary & Ocean Terminal. The finish post will be the lovely new St Andrew's Square park development. All participants will be finished in time to reach work for 10am, and all volunteers receive a croissant and coffee. The Challenge is not a race, but simply a means of demonstrating that you don't have to travel by the same mode every day.

Green Passport Day on 20 Sept, (new family event to promote and highlight the north edinburgh path) - A5 leaflets distributed this week through schools and libraries.

In Town Without My Car Day on 22 Sept, opportunity for work places to encourage employees to be actively involved for reasons of health, environmental and CSR - free track pumps and Cycle to Work Guide to give away to organisations that get in touch.

There is a Car Free Day planned in Portobello on 21 September, 1 - 3pm - fun bikes and local market

Various events involving schools - including Bicycle Awareness Days , Tyre Pressure Checks, Poster Competitions through out the week.


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Sun 3rd August 2008 ~ Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade

TryCycling in Edinburgh will be taking part in this years Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade. 175,000 people line the streets to watch. For those who haven't been before - it's really enjoyable. Have a look at our photos & video footage from the last 2 years & see for yourself...

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2006

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Film footage: film icon Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2006 ~ Dont' forget to turn your volume up to recapture the spirit!

Edinburgh Festival Calalcade 2007

Trycycling in Edinburgh at the Festival Cavalcade, August 2007 Trycycling in Edinburgh at the Festival Cavalcade, August 2007 Trycycling in Edinburgh at the Festival Cavalcade, August 2007 Trycycling in Edinburgh at the Festival Cavalcade, August 2007 Trycycling in Edinburgh at the Festival Cavalcade, August 2007

This is our fourth year participating & really we are there to celebrate cycling & show that bikes are fun. We have a great group this year - all ages, all abilities, all types of bikes. Some of us are just off stabilisers, some of us could be future Commonwealth medalists, some have/will be competing in the Special Olympics. Some of us have bikes no more than 30cm high, others have only 1 wheel, some bikes are back to front, some need 8 pairs of legs, others need 8 foot legs (almost), & there are others that can only be left to the imagination! Others are 'normal' and that is what we want too - just to encourage more people to cycle!

The Cavalcade sets of at 2.30pm. The route is Market Street >> Waverley Bridge >> Princes Street >> Lothian Road >> Castle Terrace >> Johnstone Terrace (lower end). TryCycling in Edinburgh will be near the front - group number 5. Look out for us and give us a cheer. If you have a bike and would like to join us- there is still time to contact Maggie Wynn


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Mon 4th ~ Thurs 7th August ~ Summer Cycle club

Poster advertising the Summer Cycle Club 2008

We are delighted to announce the return of the highly successful 4 day holiday cycle club. This will run from Monday 4th - Thursday 7th of August 2008. Children should be dropped off and collected from the Royal High School, East Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh. Activities will take place beyond the school grounds!

Participants need to bring their own bike, helmet and healthy lunch.

Hours extended 9.30am- 4pm

We would encourage you to consider booking in for the four days. However, we will do our best to accommodate those who can only come for two.

  • 110 for 4 days
  • 60 for 2 days
  • 200 for 4 days for 2 children from the same family

To reserve a place or make enquiries please contact Maggie Wynn for more information. Places limited - bookings being taken now!

Email: Maggie Wynn

Tel: 0131 332 3442 / 07914 727018

Changing Pace gratefully acknowledges the financial support given by Sustrans.


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Thurs 12th - Sun 15th June 2008 ~ Edinburgh Bike Week Film Festival Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Logo of the Bicycle Film Festival 2008

Sponsored by Cycling Scotland and organised by Changing Pace, this year’s films celebrate talent, passion & the art of film making. The remarkable thing about all the films is that you don’t need to be a cycling enthusiast to be thoroughly entertained and inspired. Certainly, if you don’t already possess a bike, you’ll soon wish you did - if only for the fun of it! There’s no doubt cycling, both as a spectator sport & an everyday activity, has reached a new high.

The opening night looks to be a real treat - celebrating the talents of Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean & Graeme Obree. Donald Walker, sports editor of The Scotsman, will chair a discussion afterwards with author & journalist Richard Moore, & award winning Producer/Director team Finlay Pretsell & Adrian McDowall.

Tickets available from the Filmhouse Box Office now on 0131 228 2688

More info at:


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14th June 2008 ~ The Moonwalk Edinburgh 2008 - Volunteer Cyclists wanted...

MoonWalk Edinburgh, 14th June 2008

Volunteering opportunity for ennthusiastic cyclists to support the MoonWalk Edinburgh 2008! On Saturday, 14th June 12,000 women & men will set off at midnight to Power Walk a marathon around Edinburgh wearing decorated bras, in support of the Walk the Walk charity, which raises money for breast cancer research.

A team of Volunteer Cyclists is being recruited to help patrol & marshal the route, be front & back markers for the walk, support the route marshals, & to encourage & motivate the walkers. Cyclists will work in teams throughout the night & are allocated to a specific shift. The first team will work from 9:00pm appox on Saturday & will finish by the early-morning on Sunday. The second team will work from 6:30am approx on Sunday and will finish by 12 noon.

More information can be found at: Walk the Walk & an application form can be found here.


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March 2008 ~ Trycycling where...?

4 trycyclists on holiday in Spain, March 2008

This intrepid foursome have progressed from trycycling in Edinburgh to a week's cycling holiday in Spain. They went with a company, Skedaddle who specialise in cycling holidays in the UK & abroad, which look absolutely fantastic!

Veronica takes up the story:

"The cycling was all off road which came as a bit of a surprise but was excellent fun and at the same time challenging. I think our hardest day was the 3½ hour ascent followed by 1½ hour descent through the mountains in the south of spain. The route took us from Ronda through several Andalucian white villages all the way to Tarifa on the Atlantic Coast.

The photo shows the Edinburgh contingent after we had parked our bikes for the last time & were enjoying a few beers on the beach at the end of the week.

We travelled with Saddle Skedaddle & found them excellent, & would happily recommend them to anyone who is thinking about such a trip (they run a huge variety of mountain biking & road bike trips all over the world)."

See where it can all lead! If anyone else is having cycling adventures this year, lets hear about them to inspire us all (or make us green with envy!). Veronica is already planning her next trip at the end of May, possibly to Italy.


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Mon 31st March ~ Thurs 3rd April ~ Easter holiday Cycle club

Poster advertising the Cycle Club for the Easter Holidays 2008

NEW 4 day initiative taking place during the Easter holidays at the Royal High School. Bookings being taken now from P6 & P7 children. This is a real chance to develop cycling skills in a fun environment! Cost 50. First come first served! Book now to avoid disappointment! Funded by Sustrans. See Cycle Club leaflet for booking details.

Slide Show: slide show icon ~ Have a look at a slide show of the Easter Cycle Club.


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29th February 2008 ~ Critical Mass Ride - Edinburgh

Critical Mass ride in Edinburgh

Last Friday of the month - come celebrate the extra leap year day! Meet from 5:30 for 6:00 departure at the foot of The Mound between the museums.

Dress for the weather & to be seen. All welcome! Bring a friend!


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February 2008 ~ Physical Activity & Health Alliance

Cover of the Physical Activities Case Studies booklet

TryCycling in Edinburgh has been selected as one of the case studies from across Scotland that demonstrate the local implementation of the national physical activity strategy: Lets Make Scotland More Active. A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone for making this project work, those who take part, those who help us deliver, & those of you who support us. Recognition for all it's benefits is here!


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January 2008 ~ Bicycle Fun Days - The Website & Resources

Bike Week 2007 logo

Bicycles are fun, but just as importantly they can make a huge impact on our health & the environment. The website contains lots of ideas that schools & parent volunteers can use to generate a positive message about cycling. The resources were produced by Maggie Wynn of TryCycling in Edinburgh & Changing Pace. Maggie has lots of experience promoting cycling, both in a professional capacity but also as a parent volunteer at her local primary school. These ideas are all tried & tested - why not give them a go! The project was funded by Sustrans


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