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Welcome To Spokes

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Spokes Election Hustings #Holyrood2021

Spokes is holding an online election hustings, on Thursday 15 April, 7.30pm, for the Edinburgh and Lothians area of the Scottish Parliament election, to discuss transport issues with particular emphasis on cycling.

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Holyrood Election 2021 – everything you want to know!(?)

The Holyrood election on 6 May is approaching and is critical to cycling/transport policies and budgets for the next 5 years.   We’ll tell you here how to make the most of the opportunity in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and give links for all-Scotland information. This page will have more info added as it becomes available.

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#SpokesComp: Cycling in the Pandemic

The pandemic has upended our lives and the whole of society. Whilst health and the NHS have rightly been everyone’s top concern, transport and travel have changed drastically. For our Spring competition, we’d like to hear your cycling experience during the pandemic – anything from just one incident through to major changes to your lifestyle.

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#SpokesMtg report: Spaces for … Children!

Our Spaces for People – The Future meeting unexpectedly developed a strong theme of making streets safer for children, particularly after the input of our three local-area speakers. And that, of course, makes sense, because children are the future.

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#SpokesMtg: Spaces for People – the Future

Latest [March 20]: Recording of meeting now available here–>https://youtu.be/aAN17Vw9v_g

Like many other Councils across Scotland and the UK, Edinburgh City has introduced a wide range of Spaces for People schemes, using government funding dedicated to that purpose.

Our meeting, on Thursday 18 March, asks: should they, can they, will they, be made permanent?

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Spaces for People consultation

Like many other Councils across Scotland and the UK, Edinburgh is consulting on whether to make successful SfP schemes permanent – and, if so, how they should be improved. Please respond to the consultation!

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2021 Active Travel Challenges

Councils across Scotland, not least Edinburgh, face big challenges on active travel in 2021. But what they can achieve will depend significantly on decisions by the Scottish Government – specifically their actions on traffic reduction and on helping Councils make successful Spaces for People projects permanent.

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2020: What on Earth Happened??

No one could have predicted the incredible shake-up which Covid19 has brought to transport and travel in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and worldwide in 2020 – as just one element of its shock to every aspect of life. Conversely it was modern transport, notably flying, which caused such rapid spread of the original and the mutated virus.

In greatly changed circumstances, Spokes volunteers continued working for a safer and more people-friendly city and country, where cycling and walking are the norm for local trips, public and shared transport is encouraged, and car dominance is reduced. Perhaps surprisingly, despite Covid, all but two of our nine Edinburgh 2020 pre-pandemic predictions came true to a greater or lesser extent!

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Bicycle Film Festival Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling [EdFoC] like so many events, fell to the covid pandemic in 2020. Now, to start 2021, EdFoC has teamed up (virtually) with the international Bicycle Film Festival – now coming to Edinburgh January 15-24. And Spokes is running a competition with 3 prizes of ticket refunds.

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Covid Commuter Count

The Spokes November traffic count found less road traffic of all types, compared to last year’s pre-Covid November. Despite a probable big transfer from bus to car, total car numbers fell. Cycling was also well down – except in the Mound to George IV Bridge direction where the Council has made substantial improvements in bike infrastructure, notably for cycling up The Mound.

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