This morning Greener Leith ran our second commuters breakfast. These events aim to support and encourage more people in the area to start or keep cycling – and we had another great turnout. Jolene Campbell, on Leith FM, interviewed Greener Leith volunteer Neill Hope about the event at about 7.30am this morning. We managed to record most of the interview, so you can listen to it here:
We were really lucky to persuade the Police, at the last minute, to come to the event to provide free security marking for passing cyclists. This is really important as cycle theft is on the increase in some parts of Leith. Both police officers were working flat out to get through the numbers of people wanting to get their bikes tagged. A quick tally at the end of the event showed that they got through about 30 people in just two hours. As they’d worked so hard we gave them a huge plate of left over rolls to say thanks.
Given that there is clearly a demand for this service we agreed that we’d try to figure out a way to repeat the offer later in the year.
We should also thank the ‘Rolls on wheels” service provided by Out of the Blue, who supplied us with lots of tasty breakfast rolls, and the Edinburgh Cycle Company for providing a mechanic for the day. The most major issue he had to deal with on the day was a bike with handlebars that had been installed the wrong way around! Fortunately, the problem was quickly solved and the owner of this particular bike rode off happily with a functional and safe bike.