Spring Into Cycling

Days are getting longer and warmer, and now that Spring has sprung, we’re launching a week of exciting activities and events this March to help encourage you to dust off your cycling helmet and get out on your bike.

We have a number of exciting activities taking place throughout the week and will be sharing a mini-blog series each day covering a range of different cycling themes. These events are taking place with funding from Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Dr Bike & Secure Bike Marking

  • Get a basic bike safety check-up - the Dr Bike mechanic will fix small repairs on the spot for free and identify any bigger issues that need attention.
  • Register with a free secure bike marking kit at the same time. This can help prevent theft and makes your bike uniquely identifiable.
  • No need to book, just drop in with your bike!
  • This is free for all students and staff; funding has been provided by Cycling Scotland and Cycling UK.

When and where?

  • Thursday 16 March (1pm – 5pm) at Milton Road Campus, next to the Club.
  • Thursday 23 March (1pm – 5pm) at Granton Campus, beside the main car park entrance.
  • Thursday 30 March (1pm – 5pm) at Sighthill Campus, in front of the Music Box.

Bike Training

Introduction

As part of Spring into Cycling week, we are running a number of free training sessions suitable for cyclists of all levels – from beginners to experienced riders.

Adult Cycle Training classes are practical training modules for anyone who wants to learn to cycle and develop their confidence on a bike. All instructors are trained by Cycling Scotland and will provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Staff and students are invited to take part in the training sessions which have been funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University.

Come along to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill – and have fun! We are offering two classes per person, depending on your experience: Absolute beginners

Who is this for? This session is for people who have always wanted to cycle but never had the chance – or maybe you haven’t cycled since childhood and would like to have a go again. Our instructors will help

you develop control and balance on two wheels before introducing pedalling. You will learn in a safe, supervised, traffic-free environment.

What skills do I need? You don’t need any specific skills other than the desire to be more confident on your bike.

When is it? Monday 27 March (1pm – 3pm)

Where is it? Meet at south entrance of Sighthill Campus. Book a place.

Use booking Code: ACTAB

 

Introduction to on-road cycling

This session is for anyone who enjoys cycling on paths but lacks the confidence or skills to cycle on roads with traffic. The instructor will introduce you to on-road cycling in a range of quiet locations and simple road layouts.

What skills do I need? You should be able to ride your bike comfortably unsupported.

When is it? Monday 27 March (1pm – 3pm)

Where is it? Meet at south entrance of Sighthill Campus.

Book a place. Use booking Code: ACTIRUKR

 

Cycle Ride Leader

This course will give you the skills needed for leading group cycle rides, perfect if you are part of a community group or want to get involved with local cycling organisations. You will learn how to plan, risk assess and deliver organised group rides.

This is an all-day course with theory and practical elements which will be delivered inside Edinburgh Napier Campus. Please bring lunch/snacks, water, and weather-appropriate clothing. Participants will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Further details will be sent out in advance.

What skills do I need? You should be a confident rider with good communication skills.

When is it? Wednesday 29 March (9am – 5.30pm)

Where is it? Meet inside at iPoint - Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill (from 8.45am)

Book a place. Use booking Code: NUCRL.

 

Cycle Information Stall

  • Monday 27 March – Sighthill Campus, main hallway, (12pm – 1pm)
  • Tuesday 28 March – Milton Road Campus, atrium, (12pm – 1pm)
  • Wednesday 29 March – Granton Campus, atrium, (12pm – 1pm)
  • Thursday 30 March – ACE Health Fair, Sighthill Campus (11am – 1pm)

Come along for a chat with our Campus Cycling Officer, Alice, to find out information and ask any questions you might have about cycling and the College.

Alice will be on hand with information about the College facilities, routes around Edinburgh, and keeping you and your bike safe. We will also have information about a variety of community cycling groups and programmes like Love to Ride, Sustrans and Cycling Scotland and free refreshments will also be provided – there’s no need to book, just drop by and say hello!

Contact us

For more information, contact sustainability@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

FAQ's

What do I need to bring?

A bike, helmet, clothes suitable for moving in which aren’t too loose, a warm/waterproof jacket, gloves and closed toe shoes. Gym clothes and trainers are ideal. You are also advised to bring some water and a snack.

Borrowing a bike: If you need to borrow a bike and a helmet for this course, get in touch: sustainability@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

What does it cost?

These courses are free to all students and staff at Edinburgh College and Edinburgh Napier University (from any campus).

How do I sign up?

The first thing that each candidate needs to do is register an account with Cycling Scotland (unless you already have one – in which case go to STEP 2).

STEP 1 - Register

Registration is FREE and takes a couple of minutes. Register at this link: www.cyclinghub.scot/register

STEP 2 - Booking

Once registered you can book onto the appropriate course using the links and booking codes under each heading.