Maggie from ChangingPace has been nominated (by person or persons unknown) for the Edinburgh Award – “a prestigious annual award to honour an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on the city”.
The nomination was for “contribution to Cycling”, so it’s not clear if it’s for any particular activity – running TryCycling in Edinburgh, devising Bicycle Awareness Afternoons, initiating Green Passport Days, programming the Bike Week Film Festival etc.
Previous Award winners have been Ian Rankin and JK Rowling. Even if Maggie’s doesn’t win, this year, there’ll be a nice lunch!
Another thoughtful selection of films about or containing bicycles curated by Maggie with the enthusiastic support of the Filmhouse staff.
The Festival is in its fourth year and deliberately brings together films that are up to date – a rare chance to see that YouTube hit created by an Edinburgh rider and filmmaker on the big screen – and more historic, like Ridley Scott’s first film.
Full details on BicycleFilmFestival.info
ChangingPace has a big new banner for taking to events.
It was delivered to Filmhouse a few days ago where CP was running the Bike Week Film Festival, but it had its first outing at the information stall and bike skills course at TreeFest in Inverleith Park.
The image was taken by Chris Hill at the Fun Four Days event at Easter and the banner’s artwork produced by David Gardiner.
ChangingPace does a lot of work with people of school age (in and out of school). It also attracts ‘all ages’ to the TryCycling Rides it organises.
Now it is working with a group of people officially “over 50″. The Bingham & District 50+ Project offers a wide range of activities and outings for its 150 members. Due to the fact that it is the ‘landlord’ for the Bingham Bicycle Club (this uses the garage attached to the Project’s office) the idea of offering ‘cycle lessons’ emerged.
Initially it was thought that perhaps “3 or 4″ might be interested in seeing if they were up to riding a bike again. A date was set and a minibus booked to collect people from across Craigmillar. More than a dozen turned up!
After an initial talk about expectations – no-one expected to be in the Olympics, North Berwick was a possibility for a couple of people, as long as the train took most of the strain – it was agreed that people could try a bike if they wanted to. Then the garage door was rolled up to reveal a selection of bikes – mostly ‘Mountain’ style bikes used by the BBC.
Quite a few people were very eager! Saddle heights were altered and warnings given that the brakes ‘are probably a lot better than last time you rode a bike’. Gears were mentioned. One woman said she’d never had gears – “my father didn’t believe in them”.
50+ Project organiser Catriona Kerr said; “everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves – even those who didn’t actually manage a go. We’ll see how it all pans out over the next couple of weeks – I think that some of the group will buy a bike!
One helper was Jacquie Phelan – in Edinburgh for the Bike Week Film Festival - she’s written a great account of the first session.
July Update: One person joined the Bingham Bike Club (mostly for young people) and cycled to Portobello Beach.
Following the 2007 Single Speed World Championship pioneering Mountain Biker (and former World Champion) Jacquie Phelan rolled into Edinburgh.
She is actively involved in encouraging people, particularly women, to cycle. She set up WOMBATS (Women’s Mountain Bike & Tea Society) 20 years ago – she’s serious about fun.One reason for visiting Edinburgh was to talk about the Bicycle Film Festival.
She has a leading role in Hardihood, it was due to be included in the programme this year. It should be shown on 2008.
She was given a quick cycle tour of Edinburgh and shown how to set up her own blog.
Edinburgh’s 3rd Bicycle Film Festival finished yesterday with a party. This summer’s event was called The Bike Week Film Festival and made possible with funding from Cycling Scotland which promotes Bike Week events throughout Scotland.
A Photographic Exhibition for the 2007 Edinburgh Bike Week Film Festival is now on show in the Filmhouse Cafe. It will run until the end of the month.
Photos from six photographers have been selected from submissions to the ‘Cycling in Edinburgh’ group on Flickr.com. The exhibition and EBWFF are organised by ChangingPace
A simple flyer (PDF) and mini-web site highlighting a range of Edinburgh cycling organisations and events has been produced by ChangingPace. It will be handed out at TryCycling in Edinburgh events over the summer and available in libraries etc.
Leaflet design by David Gardiner Vantage/Laid Back Ligfiets. Photo by Mike Lewis of cycling-edinburgh.org.uk taken on a TryCycling in Edinburgh ride.