Edinburgh families invited to celebrate cycling at the Edinburgh Bike Festival

Published: Thursday, 11 August 2011

Edinburgh families invited to celebrate cycling at the Edinburgh Bike Festival

Families in Edinburgh can enjoy a fun day out and learn some cycling skills at the end of the month when cycling project Bike Club teams up with Edinburgh Leisure to present the city's first cycling festival.

Edinburgh Cycling Festival will bring together cycling organisations and projects from across the city. There will be activities to suit everyone from wee tots to those who haven't been on a bike for years, including obstacle course, cycle training activities and the chance to 'Bling your Bike'. For bikes in need of some TLC, Dr Bike will be providing free check-ups, while Lothian & Borders police will be providing a security tagging service.

Edinburgh Leisure's Ageing Well project will be demonstrating the activities they have to offer for over 50s while, for the competitive cyclists out there, Scottish Cycling and Edinburgh Road Club will be running a cyclocross race.

You can also test your speed with Edinburgh Leisure's RPM bikes and try out some environmentally friendly devices that work purely through pedal power, thanks to Peechy Keen: The Human Energy Company.

Free maps showing the best places to cycle in the city will be provided by City of Edinburgh Council, while other cycling information will be available from campaign group Spokes, local cycling charity The Bike Station, national transport charity Sustrans and national cycling charity Cycling Scotland.

If you have a bike, bring it along. If you don't, you can borrow one on the day. Bikes will be provided by local Bike Club MY Adventure, The Bike Station and Edinburgh Leisure-managed Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School.

Bike Club Officer Amy Hickman says, "I am really excited about this event. Edinburgh 's cycling culture has been growing over the years, as reflected in the large number of cycling organisations and projects dedicated to getting people of all ages on their bikes. This is a great opportunity for the people of Edinburgh to see the different types of cycling and find one that suits them. It ' ll be fun!"

Edinburgh Leisure's Youth Development Officer Jenny Jack said: "Edinburgh Leisure is delighted to be involved in the creation and delivery of this exciting new event. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just want to learn a bit more about cycling, there will be something there to help you get started."

City of Edinburgh Council recently demonstrated its commitment to supporting cycling with the CEC Active Travel Action Plan which set a target of 10% of all journeys in the city to be made by cycle by 2020. It also leads Activcity, a programme designed to increase the number of people walking and cycling for recreational purposes, who have provided additional funding to support the event.