September 2009

Mobility Week Sep 16-22 including Spokes public meeting with Richard Armitage

How can Edinburgh Council meet its ambitious Charter of Brussels target of 15% of trips to be by bike in 2020?

Sustainable transport and cycling consultant Richard Armitage visits Edinburgh Sept 17-18 and will address this question at a presentation/discussion for Spokes members [open to the public] and will illustrate what has been achieved in some European towns and cities.

The meeting is at St.Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge [downstairs room] on Thurs 17 September, 7.30-9.30pm [come at 7.15 for tea/coffee/chat]. Apologies to members that this meeting had to be arranged at short notice.

More info on the meeting in the 09.09.09 issue of Spokesworker.

Sept 16-22 is European Mobility Week, with a range of other events in Edinburgh, including…

Fri Sep 18 Bike Friday – guided commuter rides, with a trained ride leader, to the city centre from Gracemount (Leisure Centre), Gyle Park (David Lloyd Sports Club, near South Gyle Station) and Portobello (Swim Centre). Starting 8am, arriving Festival Square 8.30/8.45am. The rides hope to attract some novice commuters, but we’d also like lots of Spokes members joining in, to emulate the success of the recent London commuter accompanied rides!! There’ll be Spokes and other stalls at Festival Square between 7.30-9.30am. Some experienced bike commuters are also needed to be official accompanists to the ride, and stay with or help anyone who has problems – see Spokesworker if you can volunteer.

Other items in Spokesworker 09.09.09 include…

** Spokes £1m Competition – enter by 25 September
** More Mobility Week events, Sept 16-22
** Autumn events – lots of them!!
** Local news – West Port consultation, Leith vote, new A1 path, and lots more…
** Zero Waste consultation
** Climate Change events and pledges leading up to Copenhagen international conference in December
** Cycle officer job with Sustrans
** It’s time to remind MSPs about cycling investment for the forthcoming 2010/11 budget negotiations.

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