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    • CYCLING SCOTLAND NEWS ISSUE 09 SPRING 2009 ISSUE 09 SPRING 2009 New Cycle to School Campaign Launches A new campaign area. Parents often discourage cycling to make cycling to to school because they are concerned school an easier and that the roads are too busy. The Cycle Friendly Zones campaign aims to address more pleasant experience this by directly communicating a message to for children has launched. drivers to give kids cycle space and encourages Cycling Scotland has created Cycle Friendly cycle friendly driving. Zones around schools in 5 local authority areas in Scotland to make sure kids have enough space on The campaign will consist of a large scale outdoor the roads to cycle. The project, which takes place media campaign using billboards, posters, lamp post in Fife, Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire banners and radio to spread the message, and will be and East Ayrshire, aims to encourage more children supported by a cycle to school day during Bike Week to cycle to school by removing some of the barriers in June to encourage kids to cycle in to school in the that currently exist. Cycle Friendly Zones. Cycling Scotland’s team of stunt bikers, The Riderz, will also be making visits to Research shows that cycling to school has schools in each of the local authority areas, to get kids grown hugely in popularity in recent years. The enthused about cycling to school. The Riderz stunt Scottish Household Survey showed levels of team features Scottish YouTube stunt bike sensation cycling to school at 1%, but a new study by Sustrans, Danny McAskill, whose film Inspired Bicycles which directly surveyed huge numbers of Scottish recently took the internet by storm, clocking up school children shows the proportion of kids cycling to over 1.5 million hits. Check out the film at www. school regularly at a much higher 3%. However over youtube.com and search for ‘Inspired Bicycles’. 30% of children say they want to cycle to school, so The campaign will take place from late April there is still room for significant growth in this until mid-June. 1
    • Cycle Friendly Schools A whirlwind of activity has taken place around the Cycle Friendly Schools award since launching in April last year. Lord Sebastien Coe presents Lochside Primary with their Cycle Friendly School Dougie the Doonhammer’ presents Award, accompanied by (L-R) chair of Sport Scotland Louise Martin, Erl Wilkie, Lochabriggs Primary’s award to Cycling Scotland, Harry Stewart and Fraser Coupland, pupils at Lochside Primary, pupil Euan Murgatroyd and John Lindsay Brunton, Cycling Scotland and Shona Robison MSP. McDowell, Deputy Head. 11 schools have now achieved Cycle Friendly to inspire future Olympic champions. Lord The scheme has been a clear success at School status, and many more are currently Coe commented: “Scotland has a double inspiring kids to get out on their bikes, but going through the assessment process. opportunity to secure a social, economic thanks to a recent competition, it has also The first school to receive the award was and sporting legacy from the London 2012 been inspiring their more artistic sides. The Rosewell Primary School in Midlothian Games and the Glasgow 2014 Games. Cycle Friendly Schools Poster Competition in October 2008. Cycling Scotland Chief Both events will deliver inspiring sporting was launched in February to promote the Executive Erl Wilkie presented the award performances but the legacy starts now. scheme, and invited pupils across the amidst a specially organised day of cycling Projects like the cycling and walking country to design a poster showing what activities and fun. initiatives at Lochside Primary School a cycle friendly school should look like. 3 will enable more people to make positive prizes are up for grabs – a visit from cycling Hot on Rosewell Primary’s heels came changes in their lives.” stunt team The Riderz, a Wii Fit and a set of Towerbank Primary in Edinburgh, Hill of bike for the whole family. The prizes have Banchory in Aberdeenshire, Carnbroe in At Locharbriggs Primary, the award was provided ample motivation, as hundreds North Lanarkshire, Seaview Primary in presented by School Travel Coordinator and hundreds of entries have swamped Angus, Lasswade in Midlothian and Kirkton Fiona Lessels, ably aided by canine the Cycling Scotland mailbag in the last of Largo in Fife. assistant ‘Dougie the Doonhammer’, the few weeks. The winner will be announced team mascot of local football team Queen in April, and we’ll feature the winning entry Pupils at two schools in Dumfries and of the South. in the next edition of the newsletter. In the Galloway received visits from special guests meantime, check out the gallery on the right to receive their awards. Lord Sebastien Coe Over 100 people have now been trained for a few examples. dropped in to Lochside Primary in Dumfries to be Cycle Friendly Schools assessors, to present the school with their award. meaning that a huge network of staff across Lord Coe was visiting to promote physical the country can now audit schools to see if activity and healthy eating as part of a drive they qualify. 2
    • Cycling Scotland Chief Executive Erl Wilkie presents the first ever award to Rosewell Primary Cycle Friendly Schools Poster Competition Entries 3
    • Round the World Cyclist Mark Beaumont kicking off Bike Week last year Bike Week 09 The biggest cycling festival in the UK returns from 13 - 21 June, as over 1500 bike events are set to take place as part of Bike Week. Over 43,000 Scots took part in over 230 events last year, and there looks to be no shortage of activities to get involved with in 2009. Thinking about planning Events include: your own event? If you are thinking about organising a Two Capitals Ride Lockerbie Loop Bike Week event, there is a dedicated This 22 mile cycle ride runs between the old and Raise money for Children 1st with this 50 or section of the Bike Week website just for current Scottish capitals cities of Dunfermline 10 mile family bike ride through the beautiful you. Head to www.bikeweek.org.uk and Edinburgh and raises money for good Annan Valley in Dumfries and Galloway. to download the organiser’s guide and causes. Highlights include great scenery and Email lockerbieloop@msn.com for more get ideas for events you could put on a cycle across the Forth Road Bridge. Go to details. and find out details of the free publicity, www.prenticeevents.com to register. giveaways and liability insurance that There’s loads more happening across the Bike Week HQ can provide you with. Heaven or Hell country, with new events being added all This fundraiser for Chest, Heart and the time in the run up to Bike Week, so to For any support and advice you Stroke Scotland gives riders the option of find out what’s going on ,keep checking the might need, call Andrew Pankhurst a 25 or 50 mile cycle along the Forth and website www.bikeweek.org.uk/event_ at Cycling Scotland on 0141 229 Union Canals from Glasgow to Edinburgh, search.php. For full listings of all Bike 5354. Edinburgh to Glasgow, or halfway from Week events, look out for the Bike Week either city to the Falkirk Wheel. For those pull-out supplement in the Scotland on who fancy an even bigger challenge, Sunday, published on Sunday 7th June. there’s the CHSS Ultimate Duathlon – the longest Duathlon in Scotland. Go to www. heavenorhell.org.uk to find out more. 4
    • Cycling Scotland is pleased to announce its new Chief Executive. Cycling Scotland Marketing Manager Ian Aitken will take on the role when current CEO Erl Wilkie retires in May 09. Ian has been at Cycling Scotland since early Speaking about his new appointment, Ian 2004, having joined the team as Company commented: “I’m delighted to be taking over Secretary. His previous background had from Erl Wilkie as Chief Executive of Cycling been in IT and accounting. Ian took on Scotland. I’ve been fortunate to have seen the role of Marketing Manager in 2005 the organisation develop over the past 5 and has since led all of the organisation’s years and I am looking forward to working communications campaigns. Ian has been to deliver an environment in Scotland where New Chief responsible for growing the annual Pedal cycling is an attractive and practical option. for Scotland event from attracting around I look forward to working with the staff, 1000 riders to almost 6000 over a period of the board, stakeholders and the Scottish executive 4 years, alongside successful campaigns to promote Cycling to School and Bike Week, Government to make sure that happens.” at Cycling which attracted over 42,000 participants in Scotland last year. Ian will now take charge of leading Cycling Scotland’s Scotland overall activities and will focus on building upon successful partnerships with key stakeholders and local authorities. ProFiLe: erl Wilkie Erl Wilkie retires as Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland on 31 May this year, after managing the organisation Erl Wilkie has been chief executive of since its inception. Cycling Scotland since its inception in 2003 His retirement will mark the end of a long back into shape. It was on the training Erl’s role in the Walking and Cycling and varied career that led Erl to become runs for these events that he developed section also meant he was responsible a passionate advocate of sustainable and a detailed knowledge of Glasgow’s path for line managing the Scottish Cycling integrated transport. With a background networks, which inspired him to write a Development Project – a small scale in civil engineering, Erl started his career book, Glasgow’s Pathways, that became forerunner of Cycling Scotland. Through working for the private sector on ports and a bestseller. The book was a number 1 the foundation of a national Cycling Forum harbours, in far flung locations like Bahrain, Scottish non fiction bestseller, and led to set up by the then-Scottish Executive, Erl South Africa, Canada and Ecuador. On Erl writing a series of books for walking was able to submit a business plan for settling back in his home town of Glasgow, and cycling routes across Scotland. This the creation of a national cycle promotion Erl joined Strathclyde Regional Council prompted Strathclyde Regional Council agency that would build upon the work of as part of the team dealing with ports to offer Erl the position of Team Leader the SCDP. The bid was successful, and and harbours, looking after a stretch of for Walking and Cycling in 1992, where he Erl was appointed as Chief Executive of coastline bigger than that of France, with began his career in active travel. Through the newly formed Cycling Scotland in over 2000 marine installations under their this new role, Erl became a director for September 2003. Of his time at Cycling remit. Erl moved into land transport when the international cycling conference Velo- Scotland, Erl commented: “I have been he took on the job of raising the bridges City, and was instrumental in bringing the very happy to lead this organization the on the Glasgow to Ayrshire railway line to conference to Glasgow and Edinburgh in past 6 years, and under my governance it allow for electrification. 2001. Erl organised the Scottish Velocity has gone from strength to strength. I have Conference, putting him in the unique every confidence Ian Aitken will build upon Around this time Erl had given up playing position of being the only person ever to be that success to develop the organisation rugby and became overweight, prompting employed by both Edinburgh and Glasgow further in the future.” him to take up marathon running to get City Councils simultaneously. 5
    • Chewin’ The Fat and Still Game star Ford Kiernan got on his bike to encourage people across Scotland to sign up for this year’s freshnlo Pedal for Scotland freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Scotland’s biggest and best The ride will also be supported by Sustrans, bike ride returns after a whose excellent off-road cycle path network sees riders make their way along the last triumphant 10th anniversary stretch into Edinburgh on picturesque and on 13 September this traffic-free surroundings. year, so sign up today. Registration is now open for The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland is delighted the healthiest and best day to announce Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres on board as our new official charity out of the summer. partner. Still Game Star Ford Kiernan Andrew Pankhurst and Ian Aitken accept a 2008 saw Pedal for Scotland scale new (pictured) is a supporter of Maggie’s and certificate from Alastair Campbell on behalf heights as over 5700 riders took on the 55 mile got on his bike on 16 April to encourage of riders who raised money for Leukaemia Research. challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Blessed riders to raise funds for the charity. Maggie’s with great weather, record numbers and centres offer anyone whose life has been Members of Cycling Scotland staff and kicked off by round-the-world cycling legend touched by cancer a welcoming place to get board were invited to a ceremony at Mark Beaumont, 2008 was undoubtedly the help and support. You can help support this Glasgow City Chambers in November to greatest Pedal for Scotland yet. 2009 boasts great charity by raising sponsorship money celebrate the £400,000 the event raised plenty of changes that will help to make the for completing the ride, so you can get fit, during its three year charity partnership event bigger and better. The ride returns have fun, and help others all at the same with Leukaemia Research from 2006 to this year as the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland, time. You can register for the event now 2008. Charity Patron, former Downing as we welcome Robert Wiseman Dairies, at www.pedalforscotland.org Street communications manager, who produce freshnlo on board as headline novelist, broadcaster and blogger sponsor, so expect a nice cold glass of the Alastair Campbell hosted the ceremony white stuff as you cross the finish line. As and paid tribute to the event and the the UK’s first semi-skimmed milk, freshnlo sum of money raised. The event’s has a proud history of supporting mass fundraising has contributed significantly participation events, and is the perfect to the building of a new research facility Organised by Supported by Official Charity Partner partner for the country’s biggest bike ride. at a hospital in Glasgow. 6
    • Community Cycling Fund 12 innovative community cycling projects are being The successful projects are: launched across the Lifecycles across Whitecrook and cycle training and maintenance classes to country thanks to funding Clydebank encourage more families to cycle. from Cycling Scotland’s A series of cycle maintenance, training Community Cycling Fund. and organised rides to improve the health Get On Your Electric Bike The fund was launched last and motivation of young and long term This project encourages older, less able year to help small scale unemployed people run by Clydebank and partially disabled people in East Housing Association. Dunbartonshire to enjoy bike rides along community projects get cycle and canal paths, by using a small off the ground. Projects Pedal 4th fleet of light-weight electric bikes that offer were graded on levels of A series of graded led cycle rides to pedal assistance on longer journeys. innovation, support for the provide patients at Clackmannan County community, how well they Hospital with physical exercise to help Greenlink Mountain Bike Club overcome mental health problems. Cycling Scotland provided funding to would promote cycling, how set up a mountain biking club in North they supported individual ReCycke-a-Bike Lanarkshire in an area where community development and promoted The funding allowed this Falkirk based facilities and resources are sparse. health gain and the level of bike recycling social enterprise to give ongoing sustainability of out 250 sets of bike safety accessories to Shetland on Wheels customers buying a bike for commuting, Shetland Islands Council received funding the project. to further incentivise cycling to work. to provide a cycling programme for young people, including training, maintenance, Independence Options Clydebank equipment and risk-assessing graded This charity supports adults with learning cycle routes. difficulties to be more integrated and active within their local community. Community Cycling in North Glasgow The funding from Cycling Scotland has This project encourages young people enabled them to buy an essential storage from deprived areas in North Glasgow to facility so they can continue to provide take up in cycling to improve their health on and off road cycle training and bike and fitness. The money will be used to maintenance classes to their service recruit and train 4 cycle ride leaders. users. Maps, Mechanics and Minds Bridges Project This initiative to promote cycling in Haddington The Bridges Project works with young will provide maps showing local cycle routes people aged 14-21 from East and Mid and provide maintenance sessions to get Lothian who are in transition or at risk of local residents out using their bikes. exclusion. The funding has allowed them to continue their programme of cycle East Glasgow Community and training, which supports young people’s School Cycling Partnership personal development. This community partnership used funding to buy bikes for cycle training courses as South City Families on Wheels part of its programme to improve health Details for the 2009 Community This organisation promotes good physical and well being and community cohesion Cycling Fund will be announced in and mental health in South Edinburgh, in this deprived part of Glasgow. mid 2009. and received funding to provide led rides, 7
    • Pedal for Scotland has grown hugely in popularity in recent years Has Cycling reached a Tipping Point? Richard Moore Could 2009 be cycling’s this, but before the 1970s, running as a running magazine recently claimed he was 1981? Or could it be next participation activity – that is, running for in the 1960s, a decade before “the dynamic fun, rather than for the bus – was about as formation of a new culture of running.” year, or maybe 2012? popular as skinny-dipping in the North Sea. Why 1981? Because that is the year when, That line borrows from Billy Connolly, but To consider how much attitudes to jogging it is claimed by running enthusiasts, a it is another of the comedian’s jokes that have changed, imagine referring to the multitude of popular trends converged, is more relevant. Connolly pointed out that 30,000 who run the London Marathon – not the planets aligned, a critical mass was his home city of Glasgow doesn’t produce forgetting the thousands whose entries achieved, a tipping point reached – and many world-class race walkers. “Where are returned – as a “lunatic fringe.” As an jogging became (officially) mainstream. would they practice?” he asked – the illustration of how running as a participation implication being that the strange gait of activity has moved from the margins to the Now, many will claim that cycling as the race walker would leave them open to mainstream, the London Marathon, first recreation or mode of transport has already mockery or even abuse. held in 1981, is the perfect example; and it reached that point. Others – those still is not just a symbol of change – it has surely reluctant to cycle, especially in cities – In the 1960s, recreational runners would have helped drive it. might disagree. But as we approach 2012, felt similarly exposed. More recently, many with one of the intended legacies of the cyclists could perhaps identify with that, too, But originally one of the key drivers in the London Olympics being to increase the feeling at least a little self-conscious, not to running revolution was a public health number of people who lead active lives, it mention vulnerable on our busy streets. And crisis, with publications and campaigns seems a good time to take stock, and to let’s face it, it’s probable that some still do, in the 1970s warning slovenly Americans wonder when, or if, cycling’s own tipping and are thus put off venturing out on a bike. that they should exercise more. In the point might be reached… Most will agree, however, that the perception days before gyms became so popular, of running has changed completely, and that running was presented as a cheap, easy The parallel with running is revealing. Anyone those who jog for fun are no longer regarded option – and the message seemed to get under the age of thirty might not appreciate as “the lunatic fringe,” as the editor of a through. A consequence was that running 8
    • etape events proliferated, meaning that the One of the things these events have done participation base grew exponentially, is to connect cycling as a fun, healthy first in America, then worldwide. A new participation activity with cycling as a sport. philosophy also formed around many of these events that emphasised personal achievement over competition with Like the London Marathon, they can be seen as drivers, as well as symbols, of cycling’s apparent surge in popularity, and the Caledonia others. Whereas ‘competitive’ running had increase in the number of ‘serious’ cyclists. previously been the preserve of a small But as with ‘fun’ running events, there are elite, running in these new events became reasons to see the popularity of sportives a participation, rather than competitive, as part of a wider trend whereby cycling is activity – and that has remained the case inching towards mass appeal, in much the to this day. same way that running did in the 1970s. For many sportive riders, the events do not Until recently, the idea of a London represent a first step to competitive cycling. Marathon-type cycling event was They are, instead, a natural progression Rider making his way along the scenic 81 mile route of the Etape Caledonia impossible. You simply couldn’t organise from riding for fun, which in itself might be something that catered for so many different a progression from riding to work. In fact, tastes and abilities, from Paula Radcliffe to it seems that most sportive riders have no Scotland’s top sportive the fun-runner, or cyclist, in the Winnie the desire to take part in organised races – it is ride, The Macmillan Pooh outfit. But that has changed thanks the challenge of completing the ride, rather Cancer Support Etape to the emergence of ‘sportive’ events – than competing against others, that appeals. Caledonia, has enjoyed a non-competitive, mass-participation rides. As with running in the 1970s and ’80s, the boom in entries this year, According to the British umbrella body participation base of cycling is growing Cyclosportive.org, Britain’s first sportive significantly, yet it is possible that organised selling out its entire 3500 event was held around a decade ago, with events such as sportives represent merely entrant capacity. 200 riders. Now, they say, there are over the tip of the pyramid. The statistics support The ride, which takes place in Rural 100 such events in the UK, many of them this theory – in Britain’s largest city, London, Perthshire, has filled all of its available attracting thousands of entrants, with the number of journeys by bikes has grown places months in advance of the event 2008 the peak year so far, and 2009 set to by a whopping 91% since 2000 – and in itself. The Etape Caledonia is a unique surpass it. virtually every other city in the UK sales of event, as it has a full road closure for its bikes are up and there is a visible increase entire 81 mile route. The freedom this One event, Etape Caledonia, sold out in a in the number of cyclists on the roads. allows riders on the route, in addition to matter of days. Thus in May, 3,500 riders the amazing scenery that takes in Loch will attempt an 81-mile course on closed A tipping point is defined as happening Rannoch, Loch Tummel and great views roads in rural, picturesque Perthshire. And when “the levels at which the momentum for of Schiehallion, are key to the event’s later in the year, the freshnlo Pedal for change becomes unstoppable,” when a host success. Jo Dytch, of organizers IMG Scotland, the Cycling Scotland-organised of factors and variables combine to exact real commented: “IMG, are thrilled with the ride, and one of the longest-established change. In cycling’s case, could it be starting sell out of places in the Macmillan Cancer mass participation rides in the UK, will see with what we are seeing now – more people on Support Etape Caledonia. With over 3,500 around 7,500 riders attempt the fifty miles bikes and taking part in events, which could cyclists registered to take part on the between Glasgow and Edinburgh. contribute to a shift in perception, from cycling closed roads of Highland Perthshire, we as fringe activity to mainstream option, which are looking forward to enjoying another in turn might lead to improved facilities, safer wonderful event. Within only 3 years the routes, and more cycling-friendly attitudes event has quadrupled in size and this from other road-users? And another context growth looks set to continue in the future. is familiar - a new public health crisis, with We have been supported by a fantastic rising rates of obesity one of the reasons for group of sponsors, competitors and the that intended legacy of the London Olympics, local community. Over 1,000 cyclists to get more people more active. Running saw are taking part to raise much needed the “dynamic formation of a new culture.” funds for Macmillan Cancer Support”. Twenty-eight years later, perhaps cycling The ride will take place on 17 May. could now witness something similar. Go to www.etapecaledonia.co.uk for The Etape Caledonia has sold out it’s 3500 capacity well in advance of the event more details. 9
    • CTC Launches ‘New Vision for Cycling’ Cycling has never been more relevant than it is today. Faced with the twin crises of climate change and obesity, CTC has just published a ‘New Vision for Cycling’. It puts forward the measures needed of the stakeholder panel, CTC Scotland February, CTC Scotland awarded Honorary to double cycle use, and explains how welcomes the ministerial commitment to Membership of CTC to record-breaking this would deliver substantial health and set targets to increase cycle use to 10% cyclist Mark Beaumont, following a packed economic benefits, as well as saving 0.6 of all trips in Scotland by 2020. During the talk he gave in Edinburgh about his million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year – forthcoming public consultation, we look momentous round-the-world journey. CTC almost as much as switching all Scotland forward to ensuring that there are joined-up members in Fife, where Mark grew up, were to London air travel to rail. We will shortly policies and funding commitments to deliver among the many people who nominated follow this up with a ‘Safety in Numbers’ this ambitious target. The final version is him for Honorary Membership. Mark has campaign, based on evidence that cycling due to be published in September 2009. been working hard to promote cycling and gets safer the more cyclists there are – in cycle-touring in particular. With his sense of other words, “more” and “safer” cycling CTC Scotland has also been heavily involved adventure, he is a great role model and an really can go hand in hand! Together with in encouraging more mountain biking by inspiration to cyclists throughout the UK. our “New Vision”, this will inform CTC working alongside IMBA-UK to support Victoria Hazael, CTC Scotland’s response to the Cycle Action the Scottish Mountain Bike Strategy and Plan for Scotland (CAPS). As a member develop off-road riding across Scotland. In Go Mountain Bike: New Proficiency Scheme to Launch Cycling Scotland is supporting the development of a new Mountain Bike Proficiency Award called Go Mountain Bike. Recent consultation meetings with founder member and current secretary stakeholders in identified that closer working of the SMBLA and former cross country on award schemes would be beneficial to racer, and Chris Bell, a well known rider the development of cycling in Scotland, on the MTB World Cup circuit, current and so Cycling Scotland agreed to lead on National Coach to the Scottish Mountain developing this resource with input from all Bike Team and director of Dirtschool (www. stakeholder groups. dirtschool.co.uk). This small team brings vast experience and knowledge to the project, The new award scheme was developed by and also received invaluable input from their a small team of experts with a long history extensive contacts from stakeholder groups of mountain biking experience. Brian and beyond. area, providing a Salvona, a Cycling Scotland cycle trainer, c o m p r e h e n s i ve Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association The Go Mountain Bike scheme is designed training package. It is (SMBLA) tutor and committee member with to compliment other cycle training packages anticipated that the scheme will be delivered years of experience in delivering training to such as Ready Steady Bike, Scottish Cycle by instructors with recognised mountain youth groups, wrote the Training Scheme and Go By Cycle and is biking qualifications in leadership coaching bulk of the document, aimed at developing individuals to have the and instruction. Cycling Scotland are planning with additional writing, competence and skills to make independent several orientation events for instructors editing and technical journeys by bike into the outdoors. It consists and mountain biking centres from May guidance by Jim Riach, of 4 main areas of proficiency – Riding Skills, onwards. Anyone interested in attending Cycling Scotland Rider Responsibility in the Outdoors, First Aid these can register their interest at ain Bike Education and and Being Independent and Self Supporting. w w w.cyclingscotland.msol.org.uk / Go Mount uide Training Manager, There are 5 levels of proficiency in each local/training/ RiderLoG Book s’ & g MO UN TAI N BIK ING PR OF ICI EN CY AW AR D 10
    • Velo-City 09 Cycling Scotland Chair Bill Delegates from all Wright presents the award for Edinburgh Council to fields of cycling and Councillor Phil Wheeler. sustainable transport will come from across the world to convene in Cycle Friendly employers Brussels from the 12th to the 15th of May for the Velo-City Conference. More workplaces have joined the growing ranks of Cycle The international cycling conference Friendly Employers, with two councils gaining the award will focus this year on the theme in recent months. of ‘Re-Cycling Cities’, which will look at how to encourage more The City of Edinburgh Council received promotion to staff at Alzheimer Scotland cycling in urban areas that suffer their award in November 2008 for their and pool bikes and promotional activities from traffic congestion. Find out offices at Waverley Court. Cycling Scotland at Dumfries and Galloway College. The more or register to attend at chair Bill Wright presented the certificate Forensic Science Laboratory in Edinburgh www.velo-city2009.com to Councillor Phil Wheeler, who is the received funding for cycle training and new council’s spokesperson for Transport. East bike parking, and Stirling Council used their Dunbartonshire Council received their award grant to provide a lockable cycle storage in November 2008, with Erl Wilkie presenting the award. Sustrans Scotland also achieved unit for staff. Cycling Cycle Friendly Employer Status in October last year, with chief executive John Lauder New Commuter Instructor course To support staff who would like to cycle to Action Plan accepting the award. work Cycling Scotland have developed a Commuter Cycle Training course. This one for Scotland day course is aimed at those who want to The Cycling Action commute by bike but lack confidence and Plan for Scotland is need practical support to get started. It covers the basics of what to wear right through to in the final stages how to plan and ride your route to work. of drafting and will Register your interest for this course, be released for and all other Cycling Scotland training consultation in May. courses, at http://cyclingscotland. msol.org.uk/local/training/ The action plan has been developed by the CAPS Board, which features Bill Wright presents Sustrans’ award to Director John Lauder representatives from Scottish Government, Cycling Scotland, Workplace Grants Scheme Sustrans, Scottish Cycling, Paths Many more prospective Cycle Friendly for All, CTC, Transport Scotland, Employers are a step closer to completing Scottish Natural Heritage, ADES, the award criteria thanks to Cycling SCOTS, NHS Health Scotland Scotland’s Workplace Grant Scheme. and COSLA. The Scottish The scheme was set up to give a helping Government will be hosting the hand to workplaces to meet the criteria consultation online and the to become a Cycle Friendly Employer. document will also be available The scheme helped pay for new cycle on the CAPS website www. parking at Edinburgh Napier University and cyclingactionplanforscotland.org South Ayrshire Council, cycle parking and 11
    • Ruaridh Cunningham and Ben Cathro gear up for the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William MTB World Cup 09 Ruaridh Cunningham and Ben Cathro descended on Edinburgh’s rugged Calton Hill on 23rd March to mark the launch of ticket sales for the British leg of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2009, which returns to the scenic slopes and gruelling terrain around Fort William for an eighth year on the 6th and 7th June 2009. Ruaridh and Ben will be among more than best thing about it is the atmosphere. It’s bikes through their paces on the World 400 international biking stars competing in a massive event and you can always count Championship XC course in the Leanachan the World Cup’s ‘Global Gravity Gathering’, a on it having the biggest crowds and the Forest. With up to 20,000 fans expected showcase of world-class Downhill and 4Cross best pits on the circuit.” 18-year-old Ben to flock to this year’s event, spectators biking competition. UK contenders include from Oban, who is known for the distinctive are urged to buy tickets early via Gee Atherton from Shrewsbury (Downhill biking style his 6’7’’ frame affords him, www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk or by World Champion) and Steve Peat from added: “There’s always such a buzz at Fort calling 01397 705 825, 9am - 5pm. Sheffield (Downhill World Championships William. We’ll be up against the world’s Contact Silver Medallist). Rachel Atherton, Shrewsbury best riders and we really want to make sure (Downhill World Champion) and Tracy Moseley, Britain’s well represented. The more home Malvern (3rd Overall World Cup Ranking) are support the better!” set to fly the flag for the women. This year’s event features two brand new Cycling Scotland Young hopefuls include Josh Bryceland elements set to wow the crowds and give 24 Blythswood Square from Manchester (Junior Downhill World them a taste of the action. The Cross Glasgow G2 4BG Champions) and rising Scottish stars Ben Country Sprint is a new, crowd-pleasing Visit our website at Cathro from Oban and former Junior World race set on a fast and exciting short course Champion Ruaridh Cunningham from Stow, that will showcase the cream of British www.cyclingscotland.org in the Scottish Borders. Ruaridh, who has biking talent to spectators. Also new for Newsletter written by Andrew been racing for seven years, said: “I can’t 2009 is the World Cup Bike Test, where Pankhurst and Ian Aitken wait for the Fort William World Cup – the fans and enthusiasts can put the latest 12