The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is back – July 16th & 17th
Two days to learn about, try out and celebrate cycling!
Globally and here in Scotland, cycling is booming. Did you know, for instance, that there are now over 60 bike stores and cycling businesses in and around Edinburgh?
A life-saver for some during Covid, bike sales, bike use and bike interest are bigger than ever. It’s fantastic for health, cuts congestion and makes our streets safer. Plus there’s the added urgency of reducing emissions, for which cycling is almost a silver bullet…
Saturday 16th July is children and families day. There’s Cargo Bike Curious giving a chance for everyone to try out different load-carrying bikes (and give the kids a ride). There’s bike repair, learning to ride, a witty play on the history of the bike (Reinventing the Bicycle, featuring a 200 year-old wooden bike!), an evening party with bike-related tunes, and a late-night light show in the trees projected from an off-grid bike (Forest VIDEOLAB).
Sunday 17th is more general with a programme of talks and discussions (including about what’s happening locally to reduce danger and encourage more to get in the saddle). A rally of unusual bikes, including the double-height tallbike: are you brave enough to mount it? Opportunities to try lots of bikes you’ve never ridden (including the has-to-be-experienced magic of e-bikes), a bike market, and group rides and meetings.
Throughout, there will be safe riding well away from cars in the adjoining woods and fields, bikes and bits for sale, home-grown and cooked food at the community-owned Bridgend Farm cafe, and much more.
Come back to this page to see further events as they are added. And we want more – if you or your business or organisation have something bike-related you’d like to organise or present (including group or club rides, talks, exhibits, even music and performances), just let us know. We’re also looking for a few volunteers to help make sure it all goes smoothly (you’ll get fed at least!).