News Archives - Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

It’s Happening!

With this year’s printed programmes (all 10,000 of them) due to arrive this afternoon, we can definitely say that “It’s Happening!” the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is back!!

EdFoC last ran in its full form in 2019, then COVID-19 rather go in the way, but now we are back and this year the festival will run from Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th June. Want to know what is going to happen? See our event board and event calendar pages.

The cover image of the printed programme for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2024. The image show a stylised view of the Meadows in Edinburgh with a person walking and a person riding a bicycle on a path between trees

Volunteer programme distributors needed

Volunteer programme distributors needed

Now that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is back with a full 10-day programme after a five-year break, we need you to help us distribute the 10,000 printed programme booklets across Edinburgh and beyond. The map below shows how far and wide programmes were distributed in 2019.

Here is how it works
* pick up bundles of the programme
* take them to places such as cafés, bike shops, libraries, sports centres, work places, dentist’s waiting rooms, etc. and ask if you can leave a few (normally 10-20, but some places will be happy to make more).
* tells the EdFoC team where you have left them and how many (there’s an online spreadsheet we’ll give you access to). We then put a pin in the interactive 2024 map to help people find a copy.

This is a great opportunity to get out and ride your bike with a purpose 😉

Interested? Please get in touch.


EdFoC Needs You: The image is based on the famous recruiting poster, a moustachioed man with a peaked hat points out at the viewer. The words "EdFoC Needs YOU" are displayed below his face.

EdFoC is on Mastodon

This website has now joined the fediverse with ActivityPub, to broadcast a wider audience. So if you are on Mastodon or any other federated platform, you can now follow us at @edfoc. However, please note that the software running this automated feed is new and maybe a bit buggy.

Something to note though, only new posts going forward will be available in the fediverse (i.e. after this one) and anyone who follows this site, will only see new posts we publish from that moment on. You will never see previously-published posts in your Home feed. This process is very similar to subscribing to a newsletter. If you subscribe to a newsletter, you will only receive future emails, but not the old archived ones.

Hope this is of interest to at least some people. It is possible that in the future, that as more platforms join the fediverse, (Meta, the owner of Instagram and Threads, is talking about it) you will be able to follow from those too.

This year’s cover

The cover to this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Cycling programme is a special commissioned Linocut from Emma Jones of Wee Blue Press.

The brief we gave Emma was ‘animals on bikes’ and after lots of discussion and very hard thinking(!) it became the hare and the tortoise was a theme that worked with the Edinburgh Festival of cycling’s ethos of cycling for everyone. Then the final image was carved into lino, hand printed and scanned digitally so that we could use it for the cover of the printed programme and poster.

One of the early sketches of the hare
One of the early sketches
Another early sketch for this year's cover
Another early sketch for this year’s cover
Early cover mock up
Early mock up of the cover
The first print of the lino cut
The first print of the lino cut ready to scan

When it came to the layout of the final cover image, it was decided to flip the image over digitally to be able to add text to the right of the cover.

The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover
The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover

As the cover has been so popular we have decided to make the cover image available as a series of limited edition prints (as each print will be hand finished they will all be unique) and t-shirts. These will be printed from the original Linocut, so the image will be the un-flipped. These limited edition prints are priced at £45 plus £3 P&P and the t-shirts at £25 P&P

Order prints here, we hope to have t-shirts soon, contact us for more details.

Here is a wee bit more about the production process, note that it takes around five days to dry the inked paper enough to watercolour for the final finish.

Carving the Lino cut
First carve the Lino cut
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper to test
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Test on paper – roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Outline print ready for hand colour finishing
Outline print ready for watercolour finishing.

Winner of Writing and Reading Competition 2018 announced

Our Writing and Reading Competition took place again this year, following the success of last year’s.

They put out an open call for all writing cyclists and cycling writers to send them their short fiction and poetry about cycling and the bicycle. They were looking for original and well-crafted pieces that will help to communicate enthusiasm for cycling in all its forms, at any age.

Marco Colombo was chosen as the winner of this year’s competition for his short story One-Hundred-and-Two. He will receive a prize package from the Rare Bird Books Club, consisting of:

  • A six-month subscription to the Rare Bird Books Club
  • Moleskin notebook and pen
  • Writer’s toolbox creative game set
  • Stephen King’s On Writing memoir (book)
  • Reading Like a Writer (book)

Saul F Boyle was also given an honourable mention as the youngest entrant for their poem ‘Glentress’.

EdFoC visitor survey volunteers needed

As you know the annually Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (EdFoC) is an exciting festival from the 7th to 24th June 2018, which aims to celebrate all facets of cycling culture in and around Edinburgh.

In order to evaluate the visitor experience and satisfaction with the festival’s events, as well as the participant’s cycling attitudes, motivations, habits and the perceived local barriers to cycling we are currently looking for motivated volunteers to help us conduct visitor surveys at festival venues and events.

The survey will focus on:

  • The event attendance, visitor experience and satisfaction
  • The knowledge / practical skills related to cycling gained through the EdFoC
  • The participant’s attitudes, habits, motivators and barriers to cycling (in Edinburgh)

Volunteers can gain:

  • Practical research skills conducting on-site surveys
  • Greater understanding of event management, visitor expectation and satisfaction
  • An insight into the public opinion regarding Edinburgh’s challenges and potential to
    become a sustainable cycle-friendly city
  • Reference letter stating the active participation conducting the onsite surveys
  • Free entery to the events where the survey is being carried out

Please contact the EdFoC team to let us know, which of the days during the festival you would like to be part of the visitor survey team!

Cornelia Moarcas
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
+49 (0) 1629092556

The survey is also an integrated part of the MSc thesis:
Social impact assessment of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, regarding the bottom-up implementation of the City of Edinburgh Council’s active travel goals, Edinburgh, Scotland

Background of the research:
Edinburgh aspires to become a cycling city! In 2009 the Council of Edinburgh signed as Uk’s
first city the Charter of Brussel, setting the target to achieve 15% bicycle modal share and reduce bicycle
road fatalities by 50% by the year 2020. In this context, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (EdFoC) plays an important proactive role to motivate, inspire and encourage people to cycle more, in order to achieve a healthier, safer, cleaner and happier urban environment! Come help us to assess and demonstrate the EdFoC social impact and bottom-up implementation of Edinburgh’s sustainable active travel goals (Charter of Brussel). Furthermore, we would like to help the City of Edinburgh achieve a more cycle-friendly street design, by analysing the participant’s cycling attitudes, motivations and habits as well as the perceived local barriers to cycling.

Writing & Riding 2017: and the winners are…

Writing & Riding 2017: and the winners are…

This year as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling we ran a literature competition with two categories, poetry and short story. We were not sure what to expect, but were delighted with the quantity and quality of entries, with a total of five short stories and twenty individual poems submitted. The high quality of the entries made the job of the independent judging panel that much harder. Congratulations to the winners! There could only be one winner for each category, and it was the poetry competition which led to he most debate among the panel.

So without further ado, we are delighted to announce that the winners are (Drum roll):

  • Sarah Whiteside for her short story Freedom Of Movement
  • and Beth McDonough for her poem Cycling flat
  • with Finola Scott being highly commended for her Nolly Berries.

The two winners receive four books each, generously donated by Canongate books.
Our thanks to everyone who entered the competition, to our judges for giving freely of their time and to Canongate books for the prizes.

Prizes by Canongate Books

Mike Hall RIP

There was sad news from Australia last night, Mike Hall the world-renowned ultra-distance cyclist died after being hit by a car whilst competing in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race. Mike’s untimely death is a great loss to the ultra cycling community, including many friends of EdFoC, our hearts go out to all of them. Two members of the EdFoC team met Mike at EuroBike last year and we were hoping that he would be a part of the Festival this year. We are deeply saddened by his death, rest in peace Mike, you are already missed.

If you would like to help Mike’s family in this difficult time, TCR rider James Hayden has set up a Justgiving crowdfunder.

Mike Hall RIP

There is a fitting tribute here.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling