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Pedal with Parliament: Council wards 7 and 9

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  • Started 9 years ago by lionfish
  • Latest reply from lionfish

  1. lionfish
    Member

    As suggested on http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=6334

    These wards are roughly Slateford, Gorgie, Craiglockhart, Dalry, Stenhouse, Shandon, Sighthill, Broomhouse

    **Just ideas (feel free to change them!)**
    After the council elections, we'll contact all our councillors in these two wards next week, to organise a date for a cycle into town. I guess it makes sense to try to emulate a normal 'commute' as far as possible (so from the ward into the town centre.

    The route?
    from ~Gorgie road to the Spokes Bike Breakfast? on 20th June (I think).
    http://g.co/maps/ansnm (about 3.5 miles, could start further up Gorgie road to shorten route, if necessary).

    All the other wards should do something similar and we'll all rendezvous at the bike breakfast! That'll give a bit of an incentive for the councillors (the potential for lots of good publicity with the cycle community, and so make them more likely to agree).

    Need to think of a list of particular "points of interest" - i.e. particular local issues on the route that are of most concern (particular bits of parking on bike lanes, or whatever)

    What do people think? Which route would you suggest? Should it be done separately for the two wards? Brain storm :)

    size of ride: I don't know how many of us are in these wards: More would show the councillors how we feel!(ironically lots of us would allow a feeling of safety in numbers and I'd like the councillors to get a taste of solo riding in Edinburgh too :P).

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

    Combining wards and ride to Bike Brek sound good!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. minimoth
    Member

    Sounds really good. I live in Ward 9 (I learnt this morning while voting ;) ). Will have to wait and see who our councillors are and then speak to them. 3.5 miles isn't too bad.

    How could we get other wards to do the same? Any volunteers to support rides from other parts of the city?

    Anyone got a spare bike if a councillor doesn't have one?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. wingpig
    Member

    "Any volunteers to support rides from other parts of the city?
    Anyone got a spare bike if a councillor doesn't have one?"

    The "spare bike you can use" thing will be going in my letter to whoever gets into Ward 13.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. recombodna
    Member

    Great idea. Should be no problem getting a polwarth run together we are Edinburgh's 'Quartier velo' after all.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  6. SRD
    Moderator

    maybe we should invite our community councillors as well...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  7. spytfyre
    Member

    @SRD hopefully one of our councillors will be Gavin Corbett :)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  8. minimoth
    Member

    All looks good. Just have to wait to see who the councillors will be!

    Getting the community councillors would be good. Why not try the MSP and even MPs as well?

    Does anyone know how to change the name of the tread? It would be better if was citywide?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  9. SRD
    Moderator

    yes, both andrew burns and gavin corbett are regular cyclists so no big push to get them out (if they get in!), which is why i thought to include community councillors as more of a challenge!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  10. spytfyre
    Member

    @SRD - community cooncillors? are you 'avin a larf?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  11. SRD
    Moderator

    Kezia Dugdale ‏ @kdugdalemsp

    Interesting things happening in Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart - Greens could knock out tories #edelect

    Posted 9 years ago #
  12. lionfish
    Member

    spytfyre: I don't know much about community councillors? Do you not think they'll be interested? Or is it just 'cause they're volunteers etc, they'll be too busy? It's maybe worth a shot! But it might be more hassle than it's worth, to contact them...

    Posted 9 years ago #

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