Families in Edinburgh can enjoy a fun day out and learn some cycling skills on 26 August when cycling project Bike Club teams up with Edinburgh Leisure to present the city's first cycling festival.
Edinburgh Cycling Festival will bring together cycling organisations and projects from across the city. There will be activities to suit everyone from wee tots to those who haven’t been on a bike for years, including obstacle course, cycle training activities and the chance to ‘Bling your Bike’. For bikes in need of some TLC, Dr Bike will be providing free check-ups, while Lothian & Borders police will be providing a security tagging service.
Edinburgh Leisure's Ageing Well project will be demonstrating the activities they have to offer for over 50s while, for the competitive cyclists out there, Scottish Cycling and Edinburgh Road Club will be running a cyclocross race.
You can also test your speed with Edinburgh Leisure’s RPM bikes and try out some environmentally friendly devices that work purely through pedal power, thanks to Peechy Keen: The Human Energy Company.
Free maps showing the best places to cycle in the city will be provided by City of Edinburgh Council, while other cycling information will be available from campaign group Spokes, local cycling charity The Bike Station and national transport charity Sustrans.
If you have a bike, bring it along. If you don't, you can borrow one on the day. Bikes will be provided by local Bike Club MY Adventure, cycling charity The Bike Station and leisure centre Port Edgar.
Bike Club Officer Amy Hickman said: “I am really excited about this event. Edinburgh’s cycling culture has been growing over the years, as reflected in the large number of cycling organisations and projects dedicated to getting people of all ages on their bikes. This is a great opportunity for the people of Edinburgh to see the different types of cycling and find one that suits them. It'll be fun!”
City of Edinburgh Council recently demonstrated its commitment to supporting cycling with the CEC Active Travel Action Plan, which set a target of 10% of all journeys in the city to be made by cycle by 2020. It also leads Activcity, a programme designed to increase the number of people walking and cycling for recreational purposes, has provided additional funding to support the event.
Bike Club has been formed by a consortium of established national charities that are passionate about using cycling to help children and young people explore, learn and keep healthy. By working together as a team, the expertise of these organisations is combined to make Bike Club an exciting project. Further information about Bike Club can be found at http://bikeclub.org.uk 
CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.ctc.org.uk 
ContinYou provides expertise in community learning and health improvement, fulfilling a major role in supporting the development of community focused schools across Wales and offering out of school hours and informal learning opportunities to children, young people and adults beyond the school day and curriculum.http://www.continyou.org.uk 
Youth Scotland is a major youth work charity that supports youth workers, club leaders and their management committees in developing their programmes and meeting the priorities of the young people they work with in Scotland. Youth Scotland, in partnership with UK Youth, operates theYouth Achievement family of Awards.http://www.youthscotland.org.uk 
UK Youth is a national charity developing and promoting high quality youth work and educational opportunities for and with young people. It is the largest non-uniformed young people’s organisation, supporting a network of over 7,000 youth groups, clubs and projects across the UK, with over 750,000 young people engaged through these networks. Bike Club will offer opportunities to gain UK Youth’s Youth Achievement Awards through cycling activities.