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Welcome To Spokes

Welcome to the online home of Spokes, the Lothian Cycle CampaignContinue reading Welcome To Spokes

Waverley to Double : have your say!

Network Rail, Edinburgh Council and Transport Scotland are preparing a masterplan to cater for an expected doubling of passengers over the next 30 years. This is likely to be a massive rebuild, so even ideas which might normally appear very costly can be considered.  Don’t miss the chance to have your say!!

Latest on Waverley:  Spokes submission now available on our rail page.
General bike/rail: there’s also a bike/rail update at the end of this article.

Continue reading Waverley to Double : have your say!

#SpokesMtg: Climate/Transport/Cycling

Some main points to emerge from our 110-strong public meeting…

  • The climate is in crisis and action is urgent
  • The crisis embodies many inequities, with greater impacts likely on the young and on poorer people and poorer countries – i.e. those least responsible for causing the crisis
  • Transport is the biggest, and growing, contributor to Scottish and UK emissions.  Substantial modal shift to cycling in urban areas worldwide would have a valuable impact
  • It is important for concerned individuals not only to live in an environmentally responsible way but also to take the personal into the political – speak to friends and colleagues, contact MSPs and attend events which raise awareness
  • Young people are increasingly doing this now, and older people need to take the climate crisis equally seriously. Continue reading #SpokesMtg: Climate/Transport/Cycling

Spokes Bulletin 133 – Climate/Transport/Cycling… is ScotGov serious?

In the last 1-2 years, the Scottish Government has significantly upped its support for cycling.  But … at the same time it is boosting road and air travel, and its forecasts fortell a frightening future… Continue reading Spokes Bulletin 133 – Climate/Transport/Cycling… is ScotGov serious?

#SpokesMtg 20 March – Climate, Transport & Cycling

With increasingly powerful scientific warnings of climate breakdown, with transport now Scotland’s biggest source of climate emissions, with cycle use increasing too slowly, and with a Climate Bill going through the Scottish Parliament, our Spring public meeting will consider the relationship between climate change and transport … from trunk roads to cycling … from national politics to how we commute… Continue reading #SpokesMtg 20 March – Climate, Transport & Cycling

Outlook for 🚲 in 2019 – Edinburgh & Scotland

After a ‘hiatus 2018‘ for active travel in Edinburgh, 2019 looks set to be either the most momentous – or the most disappointing – of recent years.  At Scottish level, the welcome doubling of active travel cash from 2018/19 onwards will start to be reflected on the ground in many towns and cities – but still in a transport context where the government’s top priority is ‘big transport,’ notably climate-damaging trunk road and air travel expansion. Continue reading Outlook for 🚲 in 2019 – Edinburgh & Scotland

Top Tweets 2018: a hiatus year

We list the most popular Spokes tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs).  They reflect a year in which there were no major threats to existing facilities or to existing major cycleroute proposals, but where no significant new cycleroute facilities appeared in the heart of the city either, although much future planning took place and of course there was the launch of Edinburgh’s long-awaited Bike Hire scheme. Continue reading Top Tweets 2018: a hiatus year

#SpokesMtg … Diversity & Opportunity

Growing opportunities enabling more and more categories of people to get about by bike were a top feature of our ‘Diversity Rules’ public meetingContinue reading #SpokesMtg … Diversity & Opportunity

#SpokesCount: highest ever Nov bike %

Our November 2018 traffic count, averaged over our 4 regular count points, found bikes forming 16.8% of all vehicles – the highest ever November percentage, up from last year’s 16.5%, and almost equalling the 16.9% in our summer (May) count.
Continue reading #SpokesCount: highest ever Nov bike %

Spokes Bulletin 132 … Cycling for more people

Our Winter 2018/19 Bulletin is out … showing how getting about by bike is becoming a realistic option for more and more people … Continue reading Spokes Bulletin 132 … Cycling for more people