We are in the process of organising this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Edinburgh (#EdFoC2017) and we would like you get involved too, so we are putting out a call for events. If you would like to run an event as part of the #EdFoC2017 which will run from Thursday 8th June to Sunday 18th 2017, we would like you let us know. We are open to suggestions of events of any kind which fit within the aims of the Festival.
Unlike some cycling festivals, The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling doesn’t just revolve around the sports side of cycling (although we aim to catered for sports cycling in all its forms as well). There are so many sides to cycling – from transport to sport, from leisure activity to cultural icon – all of which the Festival sets out to celebrate, with a wide range of sporting, cultural and fun events for all age groups, across the city. Basically if it involves wheels, pedals (although pedal less balance bikes are also welcome) and human powered cycling, or references it those things, it will be consider for inclusion.
If you would like to submit an event or events for inclusion please use the form below. The closing date for inclusion in the printed programme is 6th March 2017, but earlier is better 😉
Running any festival costs money and EdFoC is no different, so we have to charge an event listing fee. These fees are to help cover the costs of the programme production and festival promotion (last year this cost us over £4,000). The fee level is the same for listing in the printed programme and on the website, or in the online programme only. If you charge people to be part of your event, the listing fee will be £25 for each event. If your event is free to take part in, the listing fee will be £10 for each event.
Now that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016 is over we need your feedback, tell us what you though of the Festival this year and help us to make it event better next year. We have created two surveys for you to fill in, one for individual events (just five questions so it is really quick and easy), and a survey to cover the whole festival. As an incentive we are offering entry to a prize draw to all those who complete the surveys.
The LIMITS power meter is a new invention which is designed to fit between the pedal and crank arm removing all compatibility issues normally associated with the frame, crank arm and pedal. The design ensures you do not need to replace any of your existing components. LIMITS can be installed by you in minutes with easy software upgraded as enhancements are made as well as quick and easy replacement of batteries. The power meter can connect to any smart phone via Bluetooth or any ANT+ compatible wireless cycle computer able to display power. Designed in Scotland.
Also missing is Markus Stitz, who last year created the Capital Trail as part of the festival. Currently Markus is cycling single speed around the world, and although he can’t be with us he did send this message from Iran:
What the video doesn’t show is just how quickly Robert over came the initial wobbles and was able to ride the bike with ease. However, the manic giggling does give you a sense of just how much fun it is to ride. If you’d like to find out what it is like to ride an Urban Arrow cargo bike, ours is for hire.
The distribution of printed programmes for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016 (#EdFoC2016) has started, and will be continuing for some time. This list is a work in progress and will be continuously added to, so far programmes have been left at the following locations:
This list will grow and may already be out of date as we have a busy group of volunteers out and about delivering more. If you would like to help by delivering programmes or by suggesting somewhere that might like to stock them, please get in touch.
We at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling are delighted that, for the third year in a row, the South East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (or SEStran for short) is one of the major sponsors of this year’s Festival. A spokesperson from SEStran told us:
SEStran is proud to sponsor Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016. SEStran is one of seven Regional Transport Partnerships in Scotland, covering the South East region. Its role is to develop and deliver the Regional Transport Strategy, which includes improving active travel and public transport infrastructure. Consistent with our Regional Transport Strategy, SEStran is currently progressing initiatives to improve cross-boundary cycle routes across the South East of Scotland. SEStran looks forward to seeing everyone out on their bikes during the festival.
We are pleased to announce that this year the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will have a new transport partner, Urban Arrow.
There is more to running a festival than just turning up at a few events, there is always lots of stuff to move about, such as the 10,000 programmes which are about to be printed. Over the last couple of years, this has been something of a logistical headache, although one made easier last year by the loan of a cargo bike from Laid Back Bikes. This year we have negotiated with Urban Arrow to provide us with one of their bikes at a preferential rate and are buying it with the help of the Energy Saving Trust.
The Urban Arrow, with its modular design, is one of the most versatile cargo bikes around. Although we are buying it in the family configuration, we may well buy a cargo box at a later date. When the bike is not in use for EdFoC business, we intend to make it available for hire at a competitive rate, which is part of the reason that we went for the family version.
We did also consider other cargo bikes, such as the Danish Bullitt (of which there are several already in Edinburgh), and the German Riese & Müller Load. However, in the end we decided that Urban Arrow suited our needs best. If you would like to try out an Urban Arrow for yourself, our bike is available for hire (when we are not using it).