Conservatives and Greens confer in Glasgow – let’s get the Active Travel message to them.

The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party is meeting in Glasgow, at the SECC on Friday 03 and Saturday 04 March, see: http://www.scottishconservatives.com/get-involved/conference-2017/ and the Scottish Greens will be meeting the following week at Maryhill Burgh Hall, see: https://greens.scot/conference from 10:00 – 5:30 so let’s try to get the Walk, Cycle, Vote message to them.

We want, and need, better cycling facilities and a better environment for walking and cycling and the candidates, and campaigners, for the council elections in May will be at these conferences, so we need to get the message to them.  We have Walk, Cycle, Vote flyers, and GoBike flyers and we now need volunteers to meet up and hand them out.  Please come and join us!  Meet up as below:

Conservatives: just outside the SECC, meet up to the left, the river side, of the main entrance at 12:45 on both days (03 and 04 March) and we will flyer from 1-2pm as delegates come out at lunch time.

Greens: meet up outside the Burgh Hall, on Maryhill Road, at 09:30 (on 11 March) and we will flyer until just after 10:00 and we will meet again at 12:45 to give out our leaflets over the lunch break.

Please e-mail convenor@gobike.org if you can to confirm your attendance.

CHANGE OF DATE: Bikes and big vehicles – keeping safe, Free Research event, Tuesday 21 March 13:30 – 16:00

THE ORGANISERS HAVE CHANGED THE DATE!  It is now 1 week earlier than previously advised.

GoBike has been made aware of this event by one of our members:

Staying Awesome: where next for cycling safety and large vehicles?

by Dr Caroline Brown

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM | Eventbrite, FREE event  

 Organised by academics from Heriot-Watt University, this ‘Staying Awesome’ research event discusses where next for cycle safety and large vehicles.

The purpose of the event is to draw together existing knowledge, and consider where things could and should go next. Participants from all sides are encourage to attend: cyclists, cycle campaign groups, bus operators, truck and haulage stakeholders, local authority operations, safety managers and relevant regulators.

Register at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staying-awesome-where-next-for-cycling-safety-and-large-vehicles-tickets-31255320505?invite=&err=29&referrer=&discount=&affiliate=&eventpassword=

Cycling and the Law, free event, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Here’s another hospital to visit, and learn about cycling and the law.  Register at Eventbrite for this second, free, lunchtime talk from Cycle Law Scotland:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycling-and-the-law-tickets-30853587912?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing

Jodi Gordon, Senior Solicitor at Cycle Law Scotland, Scotland’s award-winning legal service dedicated to representing injured cyclists, will discuss real case studies, case law, video footage, common cycling accidents and what to do in the event of a collision. She will also talk about why she believes presumed liability should be introduced for road traffic collisions in Civil Law. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and there will be time for general debate and discussion.

Cycling and the Law – Cycle Law Scotland presentation 22 February QEUH, Glasgow 13:00hrs

If you missed the excellent Cycle Law Presentation at our AGM in November 2014, or you wish to get up-to-date with protecting cyclists on the road, and you are able to get to a daytime meeting, then get along to this free event, a talk by Brenda Mitchell of Cycle Law Scotland:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycling-and-the-law-tickets-30950929062?invite=&err=29&referrer=&discount=&affiliate=&eventpassword=

Bike Tower at the Bike Town launch event

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Go Bike will be at the launch of CamGlen Bike Town on Saturday 19th July between 11am and 4pm.

Bike Town is encouraging everyone to cycle to Cambuslang Park and add their bike to the Interactive Bike Tower sculpture which is 5m high and holds 40 bikes.

The sculpture is the creation of Scottish artist Rob Mulholland, who says “I wanted to involve as many local people in the project as possible and thought that it would be a great idea if people could cycle to the park and help us make the sculpture with their own bikes. My hope is that everyone who lends their bikes will see this as their artwork. It’s an opportunity for the whole community to get involved in a fun project.”

The Bike Town launch event will include:
• Free cycle bag for the first 100 who arrive on a bike and hang their bikes on the sculpture.
• Plus free refreshments for all who arrive by bike.
• Lots of prizes, freebies and giveaways.
• Free Dr Bike.
• Free Bling your Bike with Eilidh’s Box Bike.
• Free cycle maps.
• Entertainment and sounds provided by CamGlen Radio.
• GoBike will be there plus other stalls with cycling and community related information.

Enter by the main gate on Cairns Rd. Cambulang Park, Cambuslang, G72 8PZ

The sculpture will stay in place until 3pm on Sunday the 20th July.

Keep up to date with this event on the Facebook event page

More info on CamGlen Bike Town

Pedal on Parliament – Glasgow Feeder Ride – PoP2014

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Last year over 4000 people cycled from all over Scotland to loby the parliament for a cycle friendly Scotland.
Whilst there has been some improvement, there is much more that can be done.
Go Bike encourages all its members and supporters to travel to Edinburgh for this Pedal on Parliament event.

Saturday 26 April 2014 – Pedal on Parliament.
Meet 11.30am for 12 noon start, The Meadows, Edinburgh.

Glasgow Feeder Ride: Meet 7.15am for 7.30am prompt start, George Square (north side), Glasgow.

Go Bike is holding a special ride to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Note that the pace of this ride will be somewhat faster than our regular cycle rides and it will follow main roads rather that cycle routes or quiet routes. The aim is to arrive in Edinburgh before midday, in time for the Pedal on Parliament ride. Ride info is also on the cycle rides page

Glasgow Road Cycling Meetup (GRCM) are joining us for a 7.30 departure from George Sq. So far they have 15 riders signed up for this event, so we’ll form a large group. Last year we took around 4 hours to get to the Meadows from George Sq, going via the A89 & A8, with a coffee stop in Bathgate. Average speed 12.5mph.

Last year most of the GRCM riders cycled back to Glasgow. The A89/A8 route provides the option to get a train at many points along the way.

For those who prefer a later start, shorter ride or slower pace Belles on Bikes are getting a train to Linlithgow and cycling from there into Edinburgh.