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Spokesworker

Spokesworker is our ‘roughly monthly’ semi-internal action-update.  For related news items see the Category called Spokesworker on our home page.  Note that our main publication is the Spokes Bulletin.

This page also includes selected important circulars to all or large numbers of emailable members. [NB - if a txt file shows up as long lines, click file - save as, then save it, then open the saved file].

140718 Action-Update 18 July 2014 [pdf 173k] : Waverley cycle access ban : Planning proposals/ exhibitions : summer competition :  more…

140614 Spokesworker 14 June 2014 [pdf 212k] : St James Quarter redevelopment : Waverley cycling access ban : Volunteers needed : New North Berwick bike group : more…

140527  Action-Update 26 May 2014 [pdf 202k] : Volunteers needed : consultations : Council online cycle facilities map : …

140424  Action-Update 24 April 2014 [pdf 177k] : PoP reminder : CEC Street Design Guidance : small funding sources : consultations : …

140407  Spokesworker 7 April 2014 [pdf 1.4MB] : PoP/Solway-Forth/JohnMuir events : Various local Edinburgh developments : Spokes Haymarket tramline solution : Town Centre Active Travel : and more…

140312 Spokesworker 12 March 2014 [pdf 947k] : Canal developments : Tramline problems continue : Bike repair stations : Community Councils : Queen St station rebuild : and more…  Updated version Spokesworker 25 March [pdf 944k].

140219 Action-Update 19 February 2014 [pdf 175k] : ScotRail franchise : station bikeparking : Solway-Forth ride : Fruitmarket & Fountainbridge developments : …

140121 Spokesworker 21 January 2014 [pdf 227k] : CEC Local Transport Strategy : Bike sheds awareness needed : City Centre E-W route : planning proposals : more…

131116 Action-Update 16 November 2013 [pdf 139k] : Spokes public meeting : Meadows-Innocent consultation : traffic count : more…

131105 Action-Update 5 November 2013 [pdf 105k] : Local Policing Consultation : more…

131103 Spokesworker 3 November 2013 [pdf 662k] : Red surfacing : Planning applications website page + Morningside-Myreside path : Edinburgh Local Policing consultation : CEC Transport Cttee accepts cycling 7% of transport budget : more…

131026 Stop Press Action-Update [pdf 120k : Budget demo Oct 30 : Scot Parlt Strict Liability debate : Haymarket tramline dangers : Planning Applications/ PANs on our website : ...

Action Update email circular 16 October 2013 [txt  7k] : Budget demo Oct 30 : spokes public mtg Nov 19 : Haymarket tramline problems : Edinburgh budget : more…

Spokesworker 17 August 2013 [pdf 284k] : Cycle Forum news : Local planning proposals : F2F Solway to Forth : Niceway Code bus advert : Climate matters

Spokesworker 7 July 2013 [pdf 990k] Spokes National Cycling Proposal : Spokes 2013 competition : Local developments Edinburgh & Lohians : Lots more …

Spokesworker 10 June 2013 [pdf 1.7MB] : Princes St mini-demo & deferred decision : Good news re Meadows & Leith Walk : Ongoing consultations – many! : Cycling reports for media traffic news : more..

Email circular 2 June 2013 [pdf 110k] to Edinburgh members only – urgent re Princes St decisions & mini-demo

Spokesworker 29 May 2013 [pdf 370k] : Princes St : Pothole reporting : PAN planning developments : Initiatives by Spokes members : Funding for local ideas : more…

Email circular 25 May 2013 [txt 5k] : Princes Street at Transport Cttee : Waverley bike hub : Glasgow bike hire : …

Email circular 27 April 2013 [txt 8k] : Several consultations including Princes St, Royal Mile, Granton, Edmonstone… : New Spokes documents : Bike paths guide : more …

Spokesworker 3 April 2013 [pdf 164k] : Princes St/ George St consultation : Spokes Public Meeting preview : Festival of Cycling : Smart City? : more…

Email circular 17 March 2013 [txt 5k] :  Princes St bike ban : A90 path diversion :volunteers needed : more…

Spokesworker 16 March 2103 [pdf 158k] : Princes St 1-way bike ban : Leith Walk proposals : London cycle policy & funding : copuncil petitions : police & buses : more…

Spokesworker 24 February 2013 [pdf 162k] : Consultations – public transport plan, High Street, Craigmillar, Scottish Borders : Climate 4degree warning : Queen St danger : more …

Email circular 31 January 2013  [txt 6k] : Princes St petition : Spokesworker news : Buffs special offer : Garden sheds update : …

Spokesworker 31 January 2013 [pdf 1.4MB] : Princes St petition : Video ideas competition : Bike theft data Edin & Glasgow : Scottish climate RPP2 disappointment : lots more…

Spokesworker 14 November 2012 [pdf 232k] : Scottish budget – letters needed : CAPS update: Leith Walk future : Edinburgh Transport Forum : Why casualties rising? : lots more…

Spokesworker 23 October 2012 [pdf 763k] : Value of infrastructure : SNP policies : Spokes bulk map sales : 20s plenty : Cycling project ‘of national significance’ for NPF3 : and lots more…

Email circular 20 October 2012 [doc 14k] [to members in  north & east Edinburgh + Dalry/Shandon] : consultation on colony housing status : planning proposals in Meadowbank & Ferry Rd areas

Spokesworker 22 September 2012 [pdf 158k] : Scottish Budget 13/14 : Bike Sheds banned : Leith Walk future : and more …

Email circular 19 August 2012 [txt 10k] : Edinburgh Council Cycle Policy update : New Spokes W Lothian map : Scottish budget 2013/14 : more…

Spokesworker 17 June 2012 [pdf 548k] : Competition 2012 : Market St support : taxi complaints : helmet feedback : public bike counters : new publications : more…

Email circular 13 June 2012 [txt 8k] : Edinburgh Market Street – car parking or uphill cycle lane? : Bike Breakfast & Breakfast rides : …

Spokesworker 23 May 2012 [pdf  160k] : traffic count – bikes up again : election outcomes : PoP postcards : rail fares consultation : more…

Email circular 29 April 2012 [txt 8k] : Election advice (ctd) : Rail fares consultation : Concert for Andrew : and more…

Spokesworker 16 April 2012 [pdf 161k] : Election Special for May 3 council elections – manifestos, candidates, etc : Haymarket Station future : Pedal on Parliament

Spokesworker 25 March 2012 [pdf 318k] : Election hustings : Safety Summit : Leith Walk : Market St : Responsible car parking : New Forth Bridge : more…

Spokesworker 5 March 2012 [pdf 602k] : Princes St future uncertain : Southern Arc, Haymarket to Holyrood : Cycling Manifesto for Scotland : more…

Spokesworker 21 February 2012 [pdf 740k] : Bike/rail issues : Spokes praised for budget campaigns : Bike Stn 30,000 : South Edinburgh 20mph : more …

Email circular 17 February 2012 [txt 8k] : Rail 2014 consultation : great budget decisions! : Council elections info …

Spokesworker 6 January 2012 [pdf 1.2MB] : Budget even worse than predicted : budget demo 11 Jan : Edinburgh Local Development Plan : local issues – Market St, Southern Arc, Forth Bridge path : and more …

Email circular 5 January 2012 [txt 8k] : uncertain new year : Budget Jan 11 demo : Princes St future hopes

Email circular 9 December 2011 [txt 6k] : budget update and demo : mapp buff : Princes St paradise

Spokesworker 28 November 2011 [pdf 159k] Budget Special …  arguments used by SNP : PQs : Parliament debate : other organisations

Email circular 28 November 2011 [txt 7k] : Government budget : Edinburgh Council budget : bike/rail to Inverness

Spokesworker 11 November 2011 [pdf 1.4MB] : Budget latest incl. local SNP replies : Spokes Mapp Buff : Future of Bike-Rail in ScotRail franchise : and more…

Spokesworker 25 October 2011 [pdf 192k] : This issue will accompany Bulletin 111 : Scottish budget SNP response : Development plan consultations : Ed-Glasgow bike-rail : David Attenborough on climate change: community cycle funding : and lots more…

Email circular 11 October 2011 [txt 10k] : Scottish draft budget very bad : EGIP consultation – bike capacity : Competition results : Market St lane threatened : …

Email circular 9 September 2011 [txt 5k] : Budget & spending review soon : Understanding walking & cycling : …

Email circular 31 August 2011 [txt 8k] : Big development proposals/exhibitions at Craighouse, Leith, Pleasance and Redhall : plus lots of odds & ends…

Spokesworker 19 June 2011 [pdf 153k] : Interview with cycling researcher Prof John Pucher : Bike Breakfast – MSPs & councillors attending : Weans on Wheels project tryouts : tramline safety : and lots more…

Spokesworker 30 May 2011 [pdf 209k] : This issue will accompany Bulletin 110 : Local news re: Meadows, Portobello, Edmonstone, Midlothian :  Health & Safety news & controversy : Climate change & peak oil

Spokesworker 19 April 2011 [pdf 162k] : Holyrood election manifesto cycling extracts + Spokes comments : Cycling England killed : 2nd Forth Road Bridge : and more…

Email circular 20 April 2011 [txt 5k] : Scottish Parliament elections : Family cycling factsheet : Council onstreet residential parking intentions : …

Email circular 16 March 2011 [txt 7k] : Spokes election hustings : Forth Bridge cyberaction : Active Travel Action Plan document : …

Spokesworker 7 March 2011 [pdf 226k] : Princes St longterm + bike parking : Leith waterfront consultation : Oxford/Edinburgh comparison : petrol dependency : canal lighting

Spokesworker 22 February 2011 [pdf 325k] : This issue accompanies our main annual membership renewal, so articles on donating and on email v. paper : Waterfront/Leith consultation : Muirhouse Bike Club : events : …

Spokesworker 30 December 2010 [pdf 198k] : Write to MSPs now about budget & manifestos : Bike storage offer : Recording road hazards : …

Spokesworker 24 November 2010 [pdf 2117k] : Scottish budget – potential disaster for cycling investment : Cyclenation Spokes presentation : …

Email circular 20 November 2010 [txt 5k] : Scottish budget – initial reaction : QBC consultation : events : …

Spokesworker 10 November 2010 [pdf 210k] : South Edinburgh Quality Bike Corridor & 20mph consultations : costs of 2nd Forth Road Bridge : Phase 1 of A90 path : new reports & resources – mapping, injuries, videos, …

Spokesworker 25 October 2010 [pdf 242k] : Consultation coming on first Quality Bike Corridor : 3 new visionary reports : massive greenbelt ‘gardendistrict’ proposal : Spokes summer ‘path art’ competition report : and more…

Spokesworker 8 September 2010 [pdf 391k] : Cycleroute closure at Roseburn : government considers road tolls & massive cycling boost : money for local bike projects : North Berwick rail bike carriage : planning application problems : dates : more …

Spokesworker 21 July 2010 [pdf 190k] : Cycling Action Plan for Scotland : scrutinising planning applications : successes by individual members : East Lothian Environment Strategy : SESPLAN consultation … and much more …

Email circular 30 June 2010 [txt 7k] : Draft CEC cycle action plan : tenements project starts : CEC future budgets : CAPS Scottish Cycling Action Plan + comments

Email circular 10 June 2010 [txt 7k] : Forthcoming dates : ‘The Haymarket’ big consultation : Red surfacing – how to get it : Neighbourhood Partnerships : ‘Cycling by Design’ : Active Travel parliamentary debate

Spokesworker 8 June 2010 [pdf 179k] : Tramline crashes : Towpath opening Spokes structure : Results of Better Way to  Work cycle challenge : Nov 6 Cyclenation Conference in Edinburgh: and more…

Spokesworker 20 April 2010 [pdf 209k] : New Edinburgh onstreet peak-period car parking : Open Spaces Strategy workshops – please go or respond : Edinburgh Cycle Action Plan, Spokes public meeting report : hint of a little more government cycle funding : and more…

Email circular 20 April 2010 [txt 5k] : Open Spaces Strategy – how to respond : Hundreds more Edinburgh peak-hour car-parking spaces : E Lothian bike/rail capacity

Email circular 26 March 2010 [txt 7k] : To all members in or near the controlled parking zone (CPZ) re major draft Traffic Regulation Order converting many single-yellows to additional peak-hour car-parking [some very bad] and also introducing emissions-related parking charges.

Spokesworker 21 March 2010 [pdf 209k] : Open Spaces Strategy consultation – looks hopeful : sign up to Bike Stn ‘Bike Challenge’ : Edinburgh 2007 Spokes map bulk sales offer : general election info: more…

Email circular 19 March 2010 [txt 7k] : Edinburgh Cycle Action Plan : commuting with kids : photos wanted for map and Bulletin.

Spokesworker 9 March 2010 [pdf 223k] : Objecting to the Tram TROs : Commuting with kids : Developments bad for bikes : Sustrans 2020 campaign : Dates – meetings with politicians, climate change inaction, path cleanups, bike week, Cyclenation conference, etc : and more…

Spokesworker 24 February 2010 [pdf 207k] : how to renew membership and donate to Spokes : tram TROs : tenement bike parking project application : history of St Andrews annual LEPRA ride : events : future of Princes St, St James Centre and Picardy Place : and more…

Email circular 6 January 2010 [txt 6k] : budget update & urging final letters : Snow : New Decade : New website pages – trams – public meeting reports : more…

Spokesworker 28 December 2009 [pdf 225k] : Scottish Budget – MSPs reply to member letters : extracts from TICC budget report : Edinburgh – coloured surfacing data : Princes St future : Employers wanted for 80:40:20 commuting project : and more…

Email circular 7 December 2009 [txt 6k] : Reminder to write re budget : notice of tramline tryout : other news and action

Spokesworker 5 December 2009 [pdf 223k] : Scottish Budget – TICC support more cycling investment : Ride Planet Earth – climate change evidence : tenement bike parking : workplace bike use : bike trailers : cyclists skid on new Princes St tramlines : cycling marginalised in Gogar rail/tram interchange plans

Email circular 15 November 2009 [txt 5k] : Events reminders/news + initiative to report missing onroad white lines

Spokesworker 11 November 2009 [pdf 232k] : Scottish budget latest : Scottish Parliament Inquiry into active travel : Old Dalkeith Road and other South Edin cycle projects : 10 Rail Station ‘Fietspoint’ Cycle Hubs : Edinburgh Council Road Safety Strategy – ideas wanted.

Spokesworker 27 October 2009 [pdf 215k] : Scottish budget 2010-11 : money for small local bike projects : Botanics bike parking : Spokes parking and disabilities factsheets : report of Richard Armitage Spokes public meeting : BRIGS Forth Bridge group : and lots more…

Spokesworker 9 September 2009 [pdf 245k] : Spokes £1m Competition – enter by 25 September : Mobility Week events, Sept 16-22 : Visit by cycling/transport consultant Richard Armitage : 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.

Spokesworker 20 July 2009 [pdf 308k] : Scottish Government Cycle Action Plan [ideas from Spokes to consider in your comments] : Spokes £1m Competition – please enter!! : help the Bike Station via an online survey : Fauldhouse to Cuba – cycling film available : Summer events, Local area news, and more…

Spokesworker 3 June 2009 [pdf 281k]
Spokesworker 26 April 2009 [pdf 464k]
Spokesworker 31 March 2009 [pdf 293k]
Spokesworker 16 March 2009 [pdf 278k]
Spokesworker 3 March 2009 [pdf 262k]
Spokesworker 19 January 2009 [pdf 204k]

Spokesworker 22 April 2007 [pdf 220k]