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The Edinburgh city bike hire scheme, Just Eat Cycles, has a special membership offer for Semester 2 (valid for both students and staff at the University of Edinburgh).

The £25 membership gives you unlimited bike hire for journeys of up to 1 hour, and is valid from 7 January to 31 May 2019.

There are bike docks at central campus, KB, ECA, Argyle House, RIE, and a growing network of docking points around the city.

At this time of year, there is at least a couple of minutes more daylight every day, and already the days are almost half an hour longer than at the winter solstice, so it will soon be daylight in mornings and evenings, and hopefully warm enough to cycle comfortably as well!

The Edinburgh community bike hire scheme has launched today, Monday 17 September 2018.

If you are making a trip between King's Buildings and the Central Campus today, as a launch offer, bike hire is *FREE* today, so why not give the scheme a try and go by bike?

To make use of the launch offer, you need to download the app (iOS or Android) from your app store (search for: edinburgh cycle hire), register on the app, and select the free trial offer.


The "burgh bikes" scheme, similar to those operating elsewhere, such as London, Paris and Glasgow, will let members pick up a bike from a number of locations around the city, and then drop it off again later after use.

The scheme may be particularly useful for visitors to the city, or if you need to use a bike to make a journey, but don't have your own bike with you, etc.

Trips between KB and central campus (or perhaps even Heriot-Watt, via the canal towpath) could be ideal to be made by bike, taking about the same time as the bus journey (or perhaps even less, if you're fit), and are good exercise.

Initial locations will include: City Chambers, Kings Buildings [1], Lauriston Place, Waverley Bridge, Fountainbridge and Bristo Square.

[1] including at the KB bus terminus, amongst other locations:

» https://edinburghcyclehire.com/stations


Full information about the scheme, and links to the app downloads, are on the website:

» https://edinburghcyclehire.com/

As part of some bus service changes from Sunday 29 July 2018 in conjunction with the reopening of Leith Street, Lothian Buses are rerouting the Skylink 300 bus service to Edinburgh Airport to serve the south side area of Edinburgh.

Skylink 300 will no longer serve Leith but will instead run to/from the Airport, Edinburgh Gateway station, Edinburgh Park, Sighthill, Slateford, Tollcross, Central campus, Clerk Street, Craigmillar Park (less than 10 minutes' walk to King's Buildings) and Cameron Toll shopping centre. This service might now provide a useful direct link to these two campuses from parts of western Edinburgh.

The service will run every 20 minutes on weekdays, with fares to the airport at £4.50 single, £7.50 return. (Standard fares apply for the rest of the route.)

Leith Street will reopen to buses on Saturday 28 July 2018, with buses from/to Leith Walk, Canonmills and London Road returning to their normal routes.

It will once again be possible to change directly between east-west buses and north-south buses (via the Bridges towards the University campuses) at new bus stops at St James / Omni Centre.

As the days gradually get longer and the weather (hopefully) starts to become more spring-like, you might perhaps be wanting to start thinking about environmentally-friendly ways of travelling to work, to get a little fresh air, and to slot a bit of extra exercise into your daily routine.

The annual Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is taking place between 1st - 31st March 2018, and is open for "early bird" registration now, with prizes to be won for registering and for taking part.

Simply register online to log the journeys you make by foot, bike, public transport and car-share. Logging even one sustainable commuting or business travel journey will help boost your workplace team up the leaderboard. You can set targets, earn rewards and even compete against a rival organisation or department!

If you're a fan of Big Data, once you have registered, the site will show you how all your journeys add up in terms of distance, energy used, CO2 emissions, money saved, and more.

There are over £2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including cinema tickets, Kindles and high street vouchers. Register before 1st March to enter the Early Bird prize draw where you can win one of ten £20 Wiggle (outdoor sports shop) vouchers.


(When registering, choose "University of Edinburgh" as your organisation, and then you can select your own department after that.)

The University of Edinburgh is number 2 in Scotland for active travel [1].

[1] This may be an "alternative fact" [2]  

We are currently the second highest placed University for staff cycling, walking, using public transport or car-sharing to work in the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, which runs for all of March. Which institution is ahead of us? Find out at: https://scotland.getmeactive.org.uk/results/477

With the sunny (if still less than warm, and slightly blustery) weather likely to continue for the next week at least, if you are thinking of choosing an alternative to driving, why not register for the challenge, try to beat our rival, and you could also be in with the chance of winning shopping voucher or cinema voucher prizes (even if you try an alternative method of travel for just one day).

When you register for the challenge, you can also find out about free bike maintenance or cycle skills training courses that are also taking place at this time to help you get your bicycle (and yourself) up to speed again.

You can register for the journey challenge at: https://scotland.getmeactive.org.uk/

[2] Note that numbers for UoE as a whole are larger than shown on the website, as some departments have registered separately.

The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge runs from 1 March - 31 March 2017 and aims to get as many people as possible commuting to work by walking, cycling, public transport and lift-sharing.

As the days start to lengthen (and the weather hopefully starts to improve), now is a good time of year to perhaps try to fit some extra exercise into your life, or find ways to avoid traffic jams and the difficulties of finding a car parking space.

By recording your journey details, you can win prizes (including bike shop and cinema vouchers), and, if you're a fan of "Big Data", you can also view how much energy your journeys have used (and pollution prevented), as well as how much money you have saved by choosing an alternative to driving.

If you haven't cycled for some time, and are unsure about getting back on your bike, cycle skills training and bike maintenance courses are also taking place to help you get started again, check the Transport Office website for details.

The University's Active Travel programme, in conjunction with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, has organised a number of free bike maintenance and cycle skills courses for staff and students, if you'd like to sort out your bike or brush up your urban cycling skills as the new 2016 academic year starts.

 
13 & 15 Sep. 4, 6 & 11 Oct.
Basic Bike Care, Edinburgh
Grease Monkey Workshop, Sauchiebank
http://greasemonkeycycles.com/bike-love/

10, 13, 14 & 15 Sep.
Essential Cycle Skills
Locations across Edinburgh
http://www.cyclinghub.scot/course/essential-cycling-skills-

The above link might not work properly. The final hyphen is actually an essential part of the link. If you follow the link and no courses are listed, please copy and paste the link below into your browser's address bar (including the final hyphen!).

http://www.cyclinghub.scot/course/essential-cycling-skills-

 

If you do cycle to work (uni) on Cycle to Work Day (Wednesday 14 September) you can record your ride to enter a prize draw: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

 

Lothian Buses are making some changes to bus services from this coming weekend, from Sunday 10 April 2016.

The main changes affecting routes to King's Buildings are:

  • The service 24 frequency is increased to every 20 minutes weekday daytimes.
  • on Hanover Street: services 41, 42 & 67 will now stop at stop GJ (the top stop) instead of GK.
  • on Bristo Place: services 41, 42 & 67 will no longer stop here. Alternative bus stops are available on George IV Bridge or at Potterrow. Services 2, 47/X47 & 60 will continue to stop in Bristo Place. Service 47/X47 will no longer stop in Forrest Road and instead stop at Bristo Place only.

There are also more frequent buses on a large number of other routes (especially on Sundays), and some changes to the stops which other bus services will call at on Princes Street.

For full details, please refer to the Lothian Buses website.

There is an exhibition primarily about the Darwin Building redevelopment currently on show in the James Clerk Maxwell Building level 3 foyer, until 7pm Tuesday 16 February 2016.

The exhibition also includes displays of the wider KB campus masterplan, including the proposals for the siting of new buildings and new landscape / open space developments. This is a longer-term plan over a number of years.

The access proposals include routing motor vehicle traffic to the campus perimeter road only, accessed via gateways 1 and 4  only ; and routing of buses (and taxis) in a circular route via gateway 4, a new roadway along the north side of JCMB, a new roadway through where the Roger Land Building currently is, returning to the existing road east of the Crew Building, and gateway 1.

Campus entrances and routes for walkers and cyclists are shown as being improved at gateways 2, a new "2.5" (north of the existing roadway between the Grant Institute and the Ashworth Building [connects more directly to the #38 bus stops]), and 3, with routes continuing in straight lines from these entrances to converge in a new plaza just to the northwest of JCMB.

Pedal on Parliament is a mass cycle ride through the centre of Edinburgh to the Scottish Parliament, to very visibly demonstrate to MSPs the continuing demand and need for more and better-quality investment in cycling (improved urban design, cycle training, etc), as a healthy and environmentally-friendly means of travel.

Pedal on Parliament 2016 takes place on Saturday 23 April, starting at the Meadows at 12:00. Literally thousands of people take part, you won't be able to miss the starting line-up!

There has been some potential interest in setting up an informal King's Buildings walking group to organise short walks around or near the King's Buildings campus at lunchtimes, to have opportunities to get out of our buildings and get some fresh air on sunny days.

An email list has been set up to see whether there is enough interest to make the group happen, and then to suggest/announce lunchtime walks on days when the weather permits it!

This wiki now includes links to live departure boards for all transport services leaving from or near King's Buildings.

You can check when your next bus, train or tram is due to leave and plan to leave your office to minimise your waiting time accordingly (perhaps particularly useful if the weather outside is awful).

In conjunction with the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, a number of cycling skills and bike maintenance training courses for members of the University are being organised during spring 2015.

If you would like to take part in any of these courses, please follow the links in the message below (from Sustrans) for further information.

** Do you want to be more confident with your bike?

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Whether it be getting out on the road for the first time, negotiating busier junctions or just knowing how to repair your bike. We have some free courses to help you get out there!

 

As part of the Sustrans Active Travel Champions Project we are offering free courses in Edinburgh in Essential Cycle Skills and Basic Bike Care to all employees and volunteers of organisations we work with on Active Travel Champions. (Participants may be asked to prove which organisation they come from with a workplace email or other means)

 

Essential Cycle Skills: If you want to build your confidence in the saddle or you’re more used to quieter cycles than negotiating more complex rush hour traffic we have a course for you. Essential Cycle Skills is designed to help boost the confidence of people who want to cycle and give them the necessary skills to negotiate on-road journeys at various levels. This spring we have an new Advanced session for those more confident wishing to look at more complex situations.

 

Essential Cycling Skills is a two and a half hour session designed to offer:

* Bike handling skills

* Confidence on-road

* Road side repair knowledge

 

For more information visit Cycling Scotland's Website (http://sustrans.us8.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=66d0fec96e676d33fcc94c8fb&id=c69e2b52e3&e=e91633f0c6)

 

Basic Bike Care: Bring your own bike and get a 2 hour session with a fully qualified mechanic looking at all the key things you need to know and look after when you use your bike.

The session will include things such as :

* How to check your bike

* Basic repairs and adjustments

* Support and guidance on how to care for your own bike.

 

Each session will be tailored to the group on the day with a mechanic on hand to answer any of your questions. All bike Stands and tools will be provided, all you need to bring is your own bike.

 

For more information get in contact with

Grease Monkey Cycles - 0845 180 1251 (http://sustrans.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=66d0fec96e676d33fcc94c8fb&id=2deabc1f06&e=e91633f0c6 )

 

Basic Bike Care

You will need your own bike to work on. All courses will run in the evening from 18:00 - 20:00 at Grease Monkey Cycles, 3 Russell Road Industrial Estate, EH11 2NN

* Tuesday 28 April

* Wednesday 6 May

* Thursday 14 May

* Monday 18 May

* Thursday 28 May

* Wednesday 3 June

* Thursday 11 June

* Monday 15 June

* Tuesday 23 June

 

To book call : 0845 180 1251

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Essential Cycle Skills

All sessions will meet outside the rear entrance to the Sustrans Offices, Rosebury House 10 minutes before the course is due to start. You will need a bike to ride and cycle parking is available at the meeting point.

 

Evening sessions

Time: 17:30 - 20:00.

* Thursday 30th April gentlemen's session*

* Tuesday 26th May (open session)

* Tuesday 9th June (open session)

* Wednesday 17th June advanced*

* Friday 22nd June ladies day*

 

Weekend session :

Saturday 2nd May Ladies day* 09:30 - 12:00

 

For booking visit :

http://sustrans.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=66d0fec96e676d33fcc94c8fb&id=7b19266c64&e=e91633f0c6

 

*Ladies day is only open to female participants, Gentlemen's session is only open to male participants. These sessions are designed to help support participants who may feel less confident in attending a more mixed session.

Advanced session is designed for those who have experience riding on the road but would like to build on their knowledge of traffic negotiation, road position and more busy/complex manoeuvres.

http://cyclingscotland.msol.org.uk/local/training/course.php?courseID=51

 

 

 

Pedal on Parliament is a mass cycle ride through the centre of Edinburgh to the Scottish Parliament, to very visibly demonstrate to MSPs the continuing demand and need for more and better-quality investment in cycling (improved urban design, cycle training, etc), as a healthy and environmentally-friendly means of travel.

Pedal on Parliament 2015 takes place on Saturday 25 April, starting at the Meadows at 12:00. Literally thousands of people take part, you won't be able to miss the starting line-up!