Cycling to Public Health

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Cycling to Public Health


Cycling provides a myriad of health benefits; studies have shown that the positive health outcomes outweigh risk by 20:1 and regular cycling drastically reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. Cycling UK has a full policy briefing on the benefits of cycling for health.

Because cycling is good for our health, Cycling UK would like to bring public health professionals together with active travel projects to help enable more people to ride a bike in Scotland. We would like this day to spark conversation and ideas around projects and activities. This could include things like GP referrals, projects for groups of people needing extra support to get physically active, or the breaking down of barriers to building relationships between public health practitioners, patients and cycling projects.

Who for

This event aims to bring public health practitioners together with active travel professionals and volunteers. The event is for primary care practitioners including GPs and practice nurses, public health professionals, projects and organisations interested in delivering cycling activities and volunteers/staff who would like to join up cycling with health outcomes.

Please book your place


The event's chair is Margaret McCartney, a regular contributor for the British Medical Journal and broadcaster for Radio 4’s Inside Health.

Keynote speakers include Professor Chris Oliver, Honorary Professor of Physical Activity for Health at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), University of Edinburgh; and Dr Katie Walter, GP at Cairn Medical Practice in Inverness.


10.30: Arrive, teas and coffees

11.00: Keynote speakers

12.00: Q&A Panel

12.45: Lunch

13.30: Workshop Session #1

14.15: Workshop Session #2

15.00: Closing Comments


Session #1

How to engage with health professional teams (GPs, nurses) with a presentation from Ferga Penny of Velocity in Inverness and co-facilitator Cameron MacFarlane of ALISS Programme

Working with community projects with a presentation from Graham McQueen Forth Environment Link/ Stirling Cycle Hub

Embedding Health policy into a cycling project with a talk from Hannah Chivers of Cycling UK on the Cycling 4 Health programme in West Yorkshire

Session #2

Monitoring health outcomes with a presentation from Emma Razi of Glasgow based community group, Common Wheel

Engagement with minority groups with a talk from Lynn Speed of Pedal 4th based at Hawkhill Community Centre in Clackmannanshire

Marketing a health cycling project with a presentation from Victoria Leiper of Bike for Good on their Wheelbeing project and co-facilitator Cameron MacFarlane of ALISS Programme


This event is free to attend.

Rides and Activities 
Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:30
Cycling to Public Health
Campaigning Event
Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square Edinburgh EH8 9BX