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Bulletin

The Spokes Bulletin is our main publication, normally out in Feb, May/Jun, Oct/Nov.  For related news items see the Category called Bulletins on the home page.  We also publish an occasional semi-internal action-update called Spokesworker.

Info file [txt 4k] on how the ~12,000 copies of each issue are distributed

Bulletin 120 – Late 2014 – currently expected late October – we always have a long summer break

Bulletin 119 – Summer 2014 [pdf 4.9MB]

  • £3m Sustrans funding wins by West Lothian & Edinburgh
  • Bikes up & cars down (again) in Edinburgh
  • Government cycling investment up 2014/15, but down again 2015/16
  • Spokes Summer 2014 competition, My Memorable Moment
  • Our ideas to extend Middle Meadow Walk cycleroute
  • Edinburgh HGV lorry driver cycle training
  • Rural A roads danger, including A701 crash
  • and lots more

Bulletin 118 – Spring 2014 [pdf 3.3MB]

  • Census data shows Edinburgh sustainable transport progress
  • Haymarket tramline crashes – Spokes proposal
  • Transport & Planning – failure of joined-up thinking
  • Everday bike use in Edinburgh – photos
  • Public meeting with Prof Colin Pooley & Council Leader Andrew BurnsClimate change heads for dangerous 2C level
  • Scottish Govt cycle funding due to fall back in 2015/16
  • and loads more

Bulletin 117 – Late 2013 [pdf 6MB]

  • Government cycle cash up – but little hope for 2020
  • Spokes victory on garden bike storage
  • Spokes 17th annual survey of Scottish cycling investment
  • Using a bike is safer, but it’s starting to turn.  Why?
  • Scottish justice fails victims and endangers road users
  • Edinburgh gets cash for Leith Walk and Meadows
  • ‘Cycling with a Purpose’ – photo comp prizewinners
  • Kirkpatrick MacMillan, bicycle inventor – tapestry celebration
  • and much more…


Bulletin 116
 – Summer 2013 [pdf 5.1MB]
- Edinburgh to Forth Bridge major upgrade – thanks to you!!
– Parking in cycle lanes – will Edinburgh Council act?
– Parking in bike lanes – proof that it can be changed
– Princes Street – Edinburgh risks its cycling reputation
– Spokes summer competition – photo + caption
– Cycling investment schemes in and around Edinburgh
– Quality Bike Corridor – survey of Spokes members
– Magic money pot – Scottish Government massive cash for more road projects, peanuts for cycling
– Station bike hubs – Stirling & Waverley news
– and much more…
- Bulletin 116 also includes a pullout supplement on Strict Liability [pdf 4.3MB]
Members also receive in their mailing
a printed programme for Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

Bulletin 115 – Spring 2013 [pdf 4.2MB]
- Princes Street – pictures of present and  ???future
– Edinburgh cycling budget 6% of total transport 2013-14
– Scottish Government cyclng budget 1% of total transport 2013-14
– Edinburgh Local Transport Strategy consultation
– Bike storage in gardens – two victories at appeal – what’s next?
– Staggering bike safety variations between road types
– Climate changing: emissions not changing
– Spokes ideas for a NPF3 National Cycling Infrastructure project
- Bulletin 115 also includescentre-page pullout from Cycling Scotland [pdf 2.3MB] with details on the CAPS Progress Report and Refresh, NPF3 national cycling project ideas, and more…
Members also receive in their mailout info from Storybikes, St Andrews Ride, Stop Climate Chaos, Cycle Law Scotland, Pedal on Parliament; and a survey of member views on Princes Street and the Quality Bike Corridor.

Bulletin 114 – Late 2012 [pdf 7.2MB]
- Scottish cycling policy and funding – no more cuts but no hope for bike use target
– Spokes 16th annual survey of Scottish councils cycle funding
– ‘My Favourite Place by Bike’ – competition results
– Edinburgh council project openings + plans for 2013 + our concerns
– Bike storage – council policy conflict, Planning over-ruling Transport
– Facts & theories relating bike use, danger, scariness, infrastructure, helmets, etc
– And much more..   e.g. Chris Hoy; Climate inaction; Motoring muddle; …
- The printed bulletin also has a centre-page pullout – the new Spokes Shared Paths flyer [link] and Edinburgh Bike Station news [pdf 75k].
Spokes member mailings also include the newsletter of the CHAMP cycling project.

Bulletin 113 – Summer 2012 [pdf 5.1MB]
– Council elections outcomes, Edinburgh and wider
– Pedal on Parliament, report and pictures
– Government active travel funding remains woeful
– Spokes summer competition – my favourite place by bike
– Helmets controversy
– and lots more – info, oddities, and letters needed!
– Sustrans Scotland pullout supplement [pdf  916k] – including local developments
– All Spokes members also received a free PoP picture postcard [link] in their mailing.

-Bulletin 112 – Spring 2012 [pdf 6.2MB]
– Edinburgh Council remarkable “5%+rising+external” budget decision
– Government retreat on active travel budget cuts after massive campaign
– Bike use booming in Edinburgh
– Cycling growth and investment brings many new jobs
– Princes Street paradise (in December)
– A90 ‘flagship’ bike route remains disaster area
– And lots more info/ideas/suggestions for letters/emails…
– Transform Scotland pull-out supplement [pdf  1.1MB] – detailed coverage of the TS Civilising the Streets report.

Bulletin 111 – Late 2011 [pdf 4.9MB]
– Draft budget 2012/13 makes a mockery of SNP election manifesto
– Edinburgh Council 2012 big projects onroad and offroad
– Annual Spokes funding survey 2010/11 – ‘best year so far’ for cycle projects
Correction – On p7 the heading for columns h-m should say 10/11, not 9/10.
– Spokes summer competition results
– Bikes & tram, bikes & rail
– And lots more info/ideas/suggestions for letters/emails…
Edinburgh Council ATAP 4-page pullout supplement [pdf 4.1MB] with Family Network proposals map, also Cycle Friendly City onroad, bike parking, overnight storage, etc, etc.

Bulletin 110 – Summer 2011 [pdf 3.0MB]
– Holyrood SNP overall majority – opportunities and threats for cycling
– £50m annually needed to meet government bike use target
– Spokes funding survey – inadequate but worthwhile investment growth
– Edinburgh Bike Quality Corridor – red surfacing campaign
– A90 tourist, commuter and leisure route – campaiging history
– 2011/12 bike projects by Edinburgh & W Lothian councils
– And lots more info/ideas/suggestions for letters/emails…
– Sustrans 4-page pull-out supplement [All pdf’s of 1.3-1.4MB  p1 p2 p3 p4.

Bulletin 109 – Spring 2011 [pdf 2.0MB]
– Existing Scottish Government policy won’t achieve 2020 cycling target
– May 5 Holyrood election pre-manifestos
– Princes St at Mound: more cars or more bikes? Council must choose
– New bike schemes: Edinburgh & West Lothian Councils
– Spokes projects: bike storage & family commuter cycling
– Cycle facilities: positive research results
– And lots more:  news/events/ideas for your actions/letters
Bike Station 4-page supplement [pdf 1.1MB][this forms pages 5-8 of the printed Bulletin, but online it is this separate download.  The printed Bulletin pages are numbered p1-p12, the online Bulletin p1-p8].

Bulletin 108 – Late 2010 [pdf 4.6MB]
– Scottish cycle funding recovery – but for 2010/11 only??
– Local cycle infrastructure projects 2010/11
– Transport Scotland failure to integrate cycling
– Ride Planet Earth
– Maintenance of road surfaces and of bike facilities
– Spokes summer ‘path art’ competition results
– Lots more local news – storage project, Princes St, top people’s ride, …

Bulletin 107 – Summer 2010 [pdf 3.5MB]
– Princes St & Picardy Place top Edinburgh cycling issues in big cyclist survey
– Spokes 09/10 Scottish funding survey – decline continues but may bottom out
Correction – On p5 the heading for columns h-m should say 09/10, not 08/09.
– Big funding test in Scottish Government Spending Review 2011-14
– Edinburgh bike use statistics looking good
– Spokes and the tram – where Spokes stands
– Bike/rail news, good (Inverness mainlines) and bad (North Berwick)

Bulletin 106 – Spring 2010 [pdf 4.0MB]
– Cycle investment falling year by year since SNP gained power
– Edinburgh City Council new impetus? – public meeting
– City Council bike use target – can it be achieved?
– Bikes everywhere – pictures
– Bikes and public transport – rail, tram & bus news
– Scottish Planning Policy – very useful new document
– Spokes news – tenement parking, Parliament, competition + more!
– Plenty more news and things to do
– Sustrans Scotland – Edinburgh/Lothians developments
Bike Station 4-page supplement [pdf 4.1MB] [this forms pages 8-11 of the printed Bulletin, but online it is this separate download.  Page 12 of the printed Bulletin becomes page 8 of the online version].
Correction- The printed Bulletin wrongly credits the tramlines photo on p7 to Darren Mirfield at flickr.com.   In fact it is by Duncan Wallace.

Bulletin 105 - Late 2009 [pdf 2.2MB]
– Cycling SuperCorridor? – Edinburgh plans for Mayfield-Meadows
– Edinburgh special – targets, budget plans, Old Dalkeith Rd, Rodney St, Princes St …
– 2010/11 Scottish Budget again freezes active travel & expands trunk roads
– Why Edinburgh bike use has been rising
– Safety in Numbers
– ScotRail bike initiatives
– December climate change events
– Lots more news and things to do.
Corrections -This online pdf has been corrected, but the printed Bulletin has 2 errors.   On p3 the 3rd line from the end should refer to the current Spokes budget submission, not the 08/09 one.  On p7, col 2, para 4, the survey was in 2007 not 1997.

Bulletin 104 – Summer 2009 [pdf 2008k]
– Princes Street for tram/ped/bike campaign hope??
– Spokes 2008/09 financial survey and analysis – shows that cycling investment in Scotland fell badly in 2008/09 (and is set to fall further this year) as a result of Scottish Government policies – at the same time as trunk road spending rises hugely.
– Bikes & trams/ Bikes and buses
– Edinburgh Council – some glimmers of hope!!
– 6 people (including 4 Spokes members) who’re doing their bit for cycling in Edinburgh
– Cycle Action Plan Consultation – how can the Scottish govt be serious about its 10% 2020 target when investment is far below European levels – and falling.

Bulletin 103 [pdf 5168k]
Bulletin 102 [pdf 4606k]
Bulletin 101 [pdf 1110k]

Bulletin 100 [pdf 4000k, not searchable]  Bulletin 100 [pdf 231k, searchable but no graphics]  Celebrates 100 issues of the Spokes Bulletin, plus two 500,000 anniversaries!

Bulletin 99 [pdf 4532k]
Bulletin 98 [pdf 1.3MB]
Bulletin 97 [pdf 822k]
Bulletin96 [pdf 2.7MB]

Bulletin 95 [pdf 2040k]

Bulletin 94 [pdf 705k]  sorry, only have lo-res version

Bulletin 93 [pdf 1487k]  This issue [page 3] covers the Council Streetscape consultation which generated huge and highly informative feedback on coloured surfacing – including personal letters to councillors from  a remarkable 60 or so individuals (many of which were copied to Spokes) showing the great depth of feeling and the very helpful range of aspects covered by such a range of individuals.

Bulletin 92 [pdf 1.1MB]
Bulletin 91 [pdf 1.3MB]
Bulletin 90 [pdf 494k]
Bulletin 89 [pdf 814k]

Bulletin 68 p1+8 [pdf 1.4MB] Marking the reversal in ScotRail bike/rail attitudes; culmination of a long and hard-fought Spokes campaign.

Bulletins 1-100 cover pages [link] This link takes you to the cover of Spokes Number 1.   Then click on Spokesleaflets Photostream here or on the flickr.com site to see them all.  With many thanks to Chris Hill.