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  1. chdot
    Admin

    Official press release (in full!)

    "

    Third Pedal on Parliament announced for 26th April

    April this year will once again see Edinburgh's streets taken over by a colourful mass of cyclists of all shapes and sizes calling for a cycle-friendly Scotland. Pedal on Parliament, the grass-roots organisation which brought 4000 demonstrators to Holyrood last year, from children on balance bikes to champion cyclist Graeme Obree, have announced their third mass protest ride on the Scottish Parliament on Saturday the 26th of April. People will be gathering at noon at the Meadows for a minute's silence to remember those killed on Scotland's roads and then riding down the Royal Mile to call on politicians to support the PoP manifesto for safer cycling.

    This will be a light-hearted occasion, but with a serious purpose. Last year saw 12 cyclists killed in Scotland, the highest number for several years, and 2014 has already seen two cyclists die, the most recent only this week. Meanwhile the latest census figures show that the Scottish government is far behind on its target to see 10% of journeys by bike by 2020 - in the last decade, the percentage commuting to work by bike has risen only 0.1% to 1.6%. The organisers believe that without real and sustained investment in cycling and roads designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities, then these figures will not improve.

    Organiser David Brennan said "This year Scotland will be hosting the Commonwealth Games, bringing some of the world's top cyclists to race around the streets of Glasgow. Yet if those same riders were to venture out in Glasgow on the roads that I and others cycle on any other day of the year, they would be shocked at how little quality provision there is for people who chose to travel by bike. As a result I often feel that my safety is compromised and many potential cyclists are discouraged from starting at all. We may have produced some great sporting cyclists as a nation but we're a very long way from being a cycle-friendly country. We want to see a Scotland where anyone - from Sir Chris Hoy to my four-year-old daughter - can enjoy the freedom of getting about by bike if they wish, and not having to wait until the roads are closed to do so."

    Graeme Obree, who led the ride last year alongside the families of Audrey Fyfe and Andrew McNichol who were both killed on their bikes on the streets of Edinburgh, said "Pedal on Parliament are not asking for spending here, but an investment, so that young people can cycle freely and without fear. We want a network from our homes to our workplaces, our shops, and schools and everywhere we want to go. It’s an investment in the health of the nation."

    Investment in cycling and other forms of active travel has been shown to return up to 19 times the amount invested in reduced congestion and improved health and pollution levels. It also makes the roads safer for everyone, including drivers, and substantially improves lives and livelihoods, as the experiences of places as diverse as New York, Copenhagen and Seville have shown. Pedal on Parliament believe that with proper funding and well-designed cycling infrastructure, Scotland can be a healthier, wealthier and above all happier place.

    Ends

    Notes:

    Pedal on Parliament’s eight-point manifesto asks for 1) proper funding for cycling; 2) cycling to be designed into Scotland’s roads; 3) slower speeds where people live, work and play; 4) cycling to be integrated into local transport strategies; 5) improved road traffic law and enforcement; 6) the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians to be reduced; 7) a strategic and joined-up programme of road user training; and 8) improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy. More information: http://pedalonparliament.org/the-manifesto/

    The first Pedal on Parliament on April 28 2012 brought 3000 people onto the streets of Edinburgh, and the second saw 4000 gather, including hundreds of kids. Several children completed the 1.5 mile protest ride on balance bikes, with others on tagalongs, trailers, child seats, or pedalling alongside their parents. Cyclists rode in from as far afield as Aberdeen to join the event.

    The website address for Andrew Cyclist is http://www.andrewcyclist.com

    Images: These images are free to use, as long as they are credited to the named photographers

    Photos

    The assembled crowd wait at the Meadows for the start, Allebong on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/79632047@N05/8753647499/

    Graeme Obree makes his point, Anthony Robson on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpuddinonnabike/8755012202/

    Organiser Kim Harding with Ian Fyfe, widower of Audrey Fyfe, Anthony Robson on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpuddinonnabike/8754995200/

    Side-by-side accessible tandem Pedal on Parliament 2, Kim Harding on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49194391@N00/8759264606/

    Girl on balance bike, Chris Hill on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chdot/8753859389/

    "

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. fimm
    Member

    Right, it is on the calendar, I should be there. Will definitely help out with leafleting bikes and graffiting Livingston in advance.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

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    Sally Hinchcliffe (@sallyhinch)
    22/02/2014 13:07
    Anyone in Portobello? @POPScotland feeder ride planned already https://www.facebook.com/events/713498495356445/ #pop2014 - where next?

    "

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. sallyhinch
    Member

    @Fimm - that's great. Leaflets have been ordered and supplies should be available soon

    @chdot - we've also got the regular Kirkcaldy ride (via Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing) planned (within about an hour of it being announced, I think!)

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. kaputnik
    Moderator


    Capture by the Magnificent Octopus, on Flickr

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. ARobComp
    Member

    http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/cycling-protesters-call-for-better-road-safety-1-3317595

    Classic comments today. Someone (probably from here?) keeps quite rightly asking the commentators to keep going as the more comments to higher we stay on the website! Winner!

    Some of the comments are brilliant. One chap claiming to be an 81 year old pedestrian who has been repeatedly run down by mobility scooters and hit from behind by bikes. I want to know where on earth he's walking! Or how he's walking?

    Also classic hit and run complaints, and some interesting hearsay. One chap has clearly not even bothered to read the article but just commented away!

    Brilliant. I keep reading them because the more I do the more I'm sure that we need to keep doing this. The more I read the funnier they get!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. fimm
    Member

    When on earth was that photo taken? (Snow!)

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. Roibeard
    Member

    @fimm - it's recycled, taken from the original promo photoshoot for PoP2.

    Robert

    Posted 8 years ago #
  9. chdot
    Admin

    Just a reminder -

    "
    Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

    "Since 2007, the Scottish Government has invested over £83m in infrastructure and measures to encourage more active travel, including expansion of the National Cycle Network. The £50 million Futures Transport Fund announced earlier this year will support better public transport, low carbon vehicles and walking and cycling initiatives.

    “This will also enhance Transport Scotland’s partnership working with key stakeholders such as Sustrans, Cycling Scotland and local authorities and will contribute directly to the ambitious vision in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland - that by 2020, 10 per cent of all journeys in Scotland will be by bike. And later this week I will be meeting with the organisers of ‘Pedal on Parliament’ to discuss their proposals and how we can continue to work together to promote cycling in Scotland.

    "

    2012

    http://www.transformscotland.org.uk/new-report-sets-out-path-to-active-travel-active-scotland.aspx

    Posted 8 years ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    "When on earth was that photo taken? (Snow!)"

    "@fimm - it's recycled, taken from the original promo photoshoot for PoP2."

    http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=9295#post-97448

    Posted 8 years ago #
  11. chdot
    Admin

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    Pedal On Parliament (@POPScotland)
    26/02/2014 13:46
    #pop2014 article still #1 most discussed piece on @edinburghpaper thanks to ignorant crazy commenters. Thanks for spreading the word!

    "

    Posted 8 years ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

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    Pedal On Parliament (@POPScotland)
    27/02/2014 14:29
    This year we will not be batching starts from the meadows so we'll all be rolling together! Should look amazing! #pop2014

    "

    Posted 8 years ago #
  13. fimm
    Member

    Are they going to have a peloton of small people at the front? Photo opportunity!!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  14. Roibeard
    Member

    @chdot - there's ne'er a like button when you need it!

    That's fantastic news - I'm getting awfully excited, whilst still trying to maintain a "unfortunately we need to do this again" attitude.

    Is it wrong to enjoy a protest?

    Robert

    Posted 8 years ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    PoP people! Is anyone planning to make an actual count of the participants this year? I never much believed the '4000' figure from last year, and it'll good to have an actual figure from this year for propaganda purposes.

    If anyone's organising a count, I'd like to help. If no one's doing it then I'm happy to organise it.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  16. i
    Member

    On counting people: I imagine we could use 4 digit click counters. And have our counters placed at strategic locations. like top of middle meadow walk and at the scottish parliament roundabout. Then we can take the average.

    I'd be up for helping to get good statistics on that.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  17. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Anyone got a handheld click counter? Estimating crowd size is hard enough for a trained observer without adding in complexities of allowing for bicycle size.

    Another method might be to establish an average flow rate up MMW and then multiply it up by the time the peloton takes to move through.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  18. wingpig
    Member

    I've a video clip of a ride past the crowd queued along MMW/SMW shortly after it started last year, if that's any use.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @Kaputnik - yup, what I was thinking was three or four people at the exit from the Meadows, each with a handheld clicker. If you force the flow to divide into three or four streams and each counter counts their stream then decent numbers should be available on the day for the press and speeches. I'll eBay up some clickers if needed.

    A static video camera would allow an accurate number at a later date by filming the whole grand départ and slow-forwarding over a cup of thé.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  20. SRD
    Moderator

    Mr SRD is also keen to help with this.

    @iwereright could you possibly email the hello@pop address and get in touch?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @SRD - I shall.

    I have.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  22. shuggiet
    Member

    Help wanted.. We are looking for a volunteer (probably Edinburgh based) to manage the ordering/delivery and distribution of PoP T-Shirts. The T-Shirts are a great way to show the identity of the event, and also a good source of funds for PoP. The design has been created already by kaputnik, and the person would:

    1). Get pre-orders for the T-Shirts to measure the expected quantity. We have a guide number from last year, but hopefully can sell more this year.
    2). Arrange T-Shirt ordering with a suitable T-Shirt company.
    3). Deliver to Edinburgh ,for matching to pre-orders.
    4). Distribute on the day at PoP. There will be helpers for this.

    If you are interested, please reply to this or message me.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  23. Instography
    Member

    Let me check around the office. We used to have a pile of handheld counters.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  24. gembo
    Member

    Ah, now we used to have the counters too when we had our own office. I used to randomly change the numbers in a kind of tribute to Flann O'Brien's Third Policeman. Due to modernisation we may have chucked them. They go up to 9999.

    I could do with about 200 leaflets and I will leaflet the bikes at Waverley court.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  25. shuggiet
    Member

    Hi Gembo.. I can give you the 200.. Another Kingfisher meet up? Else somewhere else on the canal? Alternatively there are large piles of flyers at EBC (Bruntsfield) , Laidbike, Bike Station, and smaller piles at Evans, Alpine, FreeWheeling.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  26. Radgeworks
    Member

    Could someone kindly pop some flyers and suchlike into the nice chaps at the Bikesmith Shop on Haymarket Terrace? I reckon it would be good to have a window poster there too on the main drag into and out of town... R

    Posted 8 years ago #
  27. cc
    Member

    If anyone with PoP connections is near Tollcross, Bob's the barbers in Lauriston Place would be happy to take flyers and a poster I'm sure. In fact I could drop them off if someone could get them to me.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    Probably record shop in Brougham Place too.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  29. chdot
    Admin

    I 'think' all (Edinburgh) bike shops have had a delivery, so if you're in one and don't see any posters/leaflets, ask.

    If 'we've run out', report here and (I presume) something will happen...

    Posted 8 years ago #
  30. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    I will handlebar the bikes and drop off posters at Musselburgh QMU and Ace Bikes.

    Roibert "Is it wrong to enjoy a protest?" How can it be wrong when it feels so right? As I think they said in the sixties.

    Posted 8 years ago #

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