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Welcome To Spokes

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

Spokes Bulletin 127 … a tale of two budgets

Our Spring 2017 issue, out now highlighting Edinburgh City Council’s unique-in-UK allocation of 10% of the transport budget to cycling, contrasting with the Scottish Government’s fall to 1.6% thanks to ever-rising trunk road cash …  And, of course, there’s much more … read on!! … Continue reading Spokes Bulletin 127 … a tale of two budgets

Spokes Council Hustings, 6 April

On May 4th this year, every Council in Scotland will be re-elected.  Our Spring Public Meeting on 6th April will be an election hustings for Edinburgh Council… Continue reading Spokes Council Hustings, 6 April

CAPS3 disappoints

The Scottish Government’s third Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (2017-2020) follows the pattern of CAPS1 and CAPS2 – a collection of increasingly useful & positive initiatives, but not an evidence-based, costed and funded programme to achieve its “unshakeable” commitment to 10% of all trips being by bike in 2020. Continue reading CAPS3 disappoints

Top 2016 Tweets – what and why

Below are the most popular Spokes tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs).   A truly fascinating picture!! Continue reading Top 2016 Tweets – what and why

Scottish Govt draft 17/18 budget fails 2020 test

Update 27.1.17: Scottish Parliament REC Committee report on the draft budget quotes our submission and asks ScotGov to set out plans to “increase funding for active travel in order to make tangible progress towards meeting its stated targets.” 

The draft 17/18 budget just fulfils the SNP manifesto promise to maintain active travel investment at least at current levels – but it fails miserably on the manifesto’s “determination to meet our vision of 10 per cent of everyday journeys being made by bike by 2020.” Continue reading Scottish Govt draft 17/18 budget fails 2020 test

East-West Route : it’s Option A at Roseburn!!

All parties on Edinburgh City Council have agreed the direct, main-road, cycleroute at Roseburn, rather than the Option B back-street alternative.   Continue reading East-West Route : it’s Option A at Roseburn!!

Council Election Manifestos

All Scottish Councils go to the polls on Thursday 4 May.  You can help make sure the political parties have bike-friendly manifestos!! Continue reading Council Election Manifestos

Traffic count – highest ever November bike %

Update Jan 2017:  The Evening News printed a further article on Jan 2, concentrating on the fall in motor traffic.  This was widely picked up on social media and received worldwide publicity, with many popular tweets e.g. this 88-RT, 114-likes tweet.  We took advantage by replying to several tweets to give a link to our own article.

Our November traffic count, averaged over our 4 regular count points, found bikes forming 16.4% of all vehicles – our highest ever November percentage.  Bikes comprised 22.2% of all citybound vehicles, and 8.9% southbound.   Continue reading Traffic count – highest ever November bike %

Benefiting Business : meeting report

Cycling benefits business now – and has huge further potential.  That was the clear message from our public meeting on Benefiting Business through CyclingContinue reading Benefiting Business : meeting report

Transport Cttee 1.11.16 … Bike storage ↑↑ … Bus lanes ↓↓

Edinburgh Council’s November Transport Committee both delights us (on secure bike storage) and appals us (on bus lane cuts) … Continue reading Transport Cttee 1.11.16 … Bike storage ↑↑ … Bus lanes ↓↓