May 2016

Public meeting: Cycling and Health

"10 years younger!" - Stewart Bryden photo

“10 years younger!” – Stewart Bryden photo

Getting about by bike is great for you!!  Middle-aged people who cycle regularly typically enjoy the fitness level of someone 10 years younger, and gain two years in life expectancy.  And it’s great for society, reducing pressures on the NHS, on our worsening climate and on our fragile environment.

But what of the dangers that worry people – crashes and pollution – whether you are on a bike or too scared to use one?   Yes, these are very serious and must be tackled through infrastructure, restrictions on motor traffic, and other means – but even now the health benefits of getting about by bike hugely outweigh the negatives.

To investigate these issues our summer public meeting is on Cycling and Health, with expert speakers on physical activity, air pollution and road danger.  As you would expect, all our speakers use a bike regularly.

poster v4 cycling and health

Click to download poster pdf

  • the medical expert  Professor Chris Oliver Honorary Professor of Physical Activity at Edinburgh University 
  • the air pollution expert  Emilia Hanna  Friends of the Earth Air Pollution Campaigner
  • the legal expert  Jodi Gordon  Assistant Solicitor at Cycle Law Scotland
  • the political expert  Cllr Cammy Day  Vice Convener of Edinburgh City Council’s Health Committe
  • followed by a one-hour audience QA/ panel discussion chaired by Dr Helen Zealley former Public Health Director at NHS Lothian
  • Monday 13 June, 7.30-9.30pm
  • Doors open 6.45 for coffee, stalls & chat.  Tea/Coffee served until 7.15
  • Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
  • Poster – click poster above to download pdf
  • Queries? / More info?   Email  spokes AT
How you can publicise the meeting
  • Tell interested friends and colleagues
  • Download the poster and disseminate it – click on the poster picture above.  Spokes members will get a printed copy in their summer mailing at the end of May
  • If you’re on twitter please RT our @SpokesLothian tweet about the meeting.   If doing your own tweets use hashtag #SpokesMtg.
More information
  • Our Summer Bulletin [end of May] will contain a Cycling and Health supplement, with articles by our meeting speakers and references to background documents.

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