Want to make your workplace cycle-friendly?

Now is the time! Cycling Scotland have opened a further round of funding, for up to £25,000 per employer.

In Inverness we have already seen how easy it is to do… Seven shelters have gone up across GP surgeries in Inverness thanks to this fund from the last funding round. Cycling Scotland are really helpful, the application form is easy, so check out their link…

https://www.cycling.scot/our-programmes/cycle-friendly/employer

Download the application pack and apply before the deadline on November 12th 5pm.

You too could end up with a new shelter, or showers, or lockers, as well as a Cycle Friendly Employer Award. Here is the one from Kingsmills Medical Practice obtained through this grant.

 

What a great thing to get sorted in time for Spring 2019!

“Damp squib” proposals

There were many Own Your Streeters attending the Public Consultation on the A82 last week. A palpable sense of disappointment at how timid the proposals are – a token gesture to improvement rather than a definitive commitment. This is perhaps understandable in that these proposals were coming from BEAR Scotland whose chief interest is ensuring safe flow of traffic on their roads.

This is the time for the community to stand up and show its hand. Local politicians need to hear how much we care about creating a city that is fit for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users, the visually impaired. There are now alternatives available for traffic wishing to reach the A82. Let’s make Inverness a person centred place and not a car logged 1970s town planner’s heaven.

Click here to see how you can have your say.

Cycle to Work on Wednesday 15th August…

All agreed that this summer hasn’t quite been the usual weather. It’s been lovely to see so many Invernesians out and about by foot or bike or scooter or skateboard.

Wednesday 15th August is the date to leave the car at home for Cycle To Work Day.  A yearly event, there are prizes to be won and fun to be had.  https://www.cycletoworkday.org

What can you do in your work place to mark the event? You could have a breakfast for those who have walked or cycled… Or plan to buddy up with a less/more confident cyclist… Or plan a sociable ride home…

You could use it as an opportunity to think about a Cycle to Work scheme – there are several of them and they are all easy for employers to set up (get in touch if you need a steer in the right direction).

So, lots you can do, if you want to take the first step towards reducing car use – let’s see if we can cool this planet down again…

What next…

We had our second meeting recently. Lots afoot! Some events, a campaign… Watch this space!

A sunny Cycle Surgery…

WheelNess launch

Saturday saw a busy event of all things cycling at one of the GP surgeries in town. There was a good turn out with a wide age range, with Mary, 83, lifelong enthusiastic cylist, our new mascot! She only stopped cycling three years ago when too many cars chased her off the roads. She misses the wind in her hair zooming around town and has found that a mobility scooter just isn’t quite the same. She misses pedalling!

The launch of WheelNess got off to a sunny start: this is a local collaboration funded by Cycling UK that aims to bring cycling within reach of 150 people who might not otherwise have cycled. For any info contact brendan.dougan@cyclinguk.org or fiona.johnston@cyclinguk.org.

Dave was the ace Doctor Bike from Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop who was kept busy all day mending people’s bikes and teaching some basic skills.

The Home Energy Scotland team kept everyone up to speed with free trials of their ebikes and info on ebike loans. Several people signed up for their free ebike trials. Call them on 0808 8082282 or visit their website http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland if you want a trial as well!

Cycling Without Age Inverness was also there with their trikes attracting a lot of attention. Check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/CWAInverness/ for more information. They have done a great job of taking out folk who can no longer cycle or get out much for spins around town and along the river.

The whole event was possible thanks to a Big Bike Revival grant from Cycling UK. Cycling UK are still open for grant applications for a few more weeks if you want to get funding to run a Doctor Bike at your workplace! Contact fiona.johnston@cyclinguk.org.

WheelNess to Wellness project, Inverness Launch.

Photo: Paul Campbell

 

A sunny Midsummer

Our Midsummer’s Day got off to a great start: lots of coverage in the local news, with the Inverness Courier, the BBC and MFR all taking up our cause!

We got lots of lovely messages from people telling us what they were doing, and a good turn out at the Big Fit Walk and the Big Bike Ride.

We might not have managed to get 10% of Inverness out on the streets, but that was always an ambitious target, and this is a start!

If you want to get involved for future campaigns, or have something you would like us to discuss or get involved with, why not drop us an email. We are meeting soon to form a plan for our Next Steps… Watch this space! And thanks for your support.

What you told us about your Midsummer’s Day

Here are some of the messages we got – thank you to all those who got in touch!

“I cycled to and from work – I cycle every day, regardless of the weather. It is a great way to start and finish the day. No stress of being stuck in traffic or having to find a parking space. Sets me up for the day, healthier option with feel good vibes .”

“Me and the little adventurer will be our on our bikes commuting to swim lessons, and playing in the park afterwards, using the quieter 20mph streets in town to travel with toddler.”

“At my work, 7 people cycled to work, 4 visitors cycled/walked and used public transport to get to us and 6 of us went on a lunchtime walk.”

“On the evening of the 21st of June the family are going to walk around the Fasgadh Community Woodland project at Leachkin, Inverness. We’ll take the wee dog for a walk and we’ll be speaking Gaelic most of the time. We’ll probably end up singing a few songs too. A great way to celebrate the summer solstice.”

“I was out of town all day. I’ve just had a brisk 25 minute walk” [from a taxi driver]

“Great walk, cycle & blether this evening with a fun bunch of people. Looking forward to the next one.”

“As we were unable to attend the events today we tried to get out ourselves. My wife and two youngest kids went for a 4 mile bike ride to Whin Park via the canal and I and my eldest went running for an hour at the UHI campus.”

“Cycle to work this morning for #ownyourstreetinverness… great view from the cycle path over River Ness. More routes like this through the city would be great!”

“Still able to #ownyourstreetinverness when in the Longman Estate… Ben Wyvis sneaking in there.”

“A motorist blasted his horn at the Drummond lights… If there had been 30 cars instead of bikes in front of him, he’d have been waiting a lot longer!”

Midsummer Inverness 2018

Smiling kids in bike trailer

Here’s the challenge: can you use the streets, parks, pavements, paths and outdoor spaces of Inverness and surrounds on foot, by bike, on a scooter, on a skateboard, or however else you choose, for at least twenty minutes, on Thursday June 21st?

We want Inverness to lead the way in making our streets and outdoors spaces safe, friendly, and lovely for walkers and cyclists of all ages, all incomes and all abilities, whatever their motivation.

So get your thinking caps on and show us what you come up with!

You can do it alone, or as a group, you can take your dog, or your deckchair, you can just walk round the block, join a led walk or cycle, you can get to work by bus, or walk to see your nan, pack your tent and head off for the hills, or organise a teaparty. Or maybe just sit in your garden and watch the sky, the birds or the flowers.

It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is using the streets or outdoor spaces, in or around Inverness. If you say or nod hello to one other person along the way, job done! And if you have to drive that day, you can show your support for making our streets a better place by sticking to 20mph.

We believe that it is as showing, as a community, how we use our common space or how we would like to use it, that we can best help shape Inverness into a fine city for the future!

We want to hear about what you did and why you did it, what motivated you and what you got out of it.

And if you are in a group, club or neighbourhood that can put on an event, let us know and we will share it.

How you can help us

Tell us what you are doing or plan to do that day

Share your experience and photos

Share this with others

Let us help you

Need to know if what you are planning is ok to do?

Want to let people know about your plans?

Need a bike but can’t afford one?

How to contact us

info@ownyourstreetinverness.org

Examples of things you could do

“I cycled to school – that is what i do everyday”

“we paid for a parking space and set up deckchairs and had a tea party – i’d heard of other places doing that and it looked fun”

“A few of us parents at the school have organised to go cycling with the kids after school – wewant the streets to be safer for kids to cycle on, and so the more people get out on their bikes the better!”

“I cycled to work – i normally do”

“I walked round the block – I want to get fitter”

“a few of us at work signed up to this and plan to go to work on foot or by bike or public transport on the 21st – we all want to do something for the environment”

“I walked along the new Westlink distributor road path –  i wanted to see the new bridge”

“I went on a nature walk – i want to meet new people and find out stuff”

“my friends and I went to the skate park – it’s what we do anyway”

“my neighbours and i had a street party – there are new neighbours down the road we hadn’t meet yet”

“i kayaked to work down the Ness – i like a challenge!”

“Me and my mates are going for a midnight mountain bike – wooooohooooo!”

Our challenge is to get at least 6,123 people (that is 10% of the city) doing something, however small, and if possible  telling us what they’ve done, and why. Can you help us?