It’s time to Pedal on Parliament again.
If you’ve never heard of Pedal on Parliament, then you can find out more about it on their website.
Essentially, thousands of people from all over Scotland converge in the Meadows, and then ride together to Holyrood in the hope of to persuading politicians to do more to make cycling safer for everyone.
Every year since the first Pedal on Parliament protest took place, there has been an organised ‘feeder’ ride from Leith, to help local folk who might not be confident in cycling on their own to the Meadows get there more easily. This photo above shows the amazing turn-out we had for the 2013 Leith feeder ride.
As you can see we had a huge range of ages and abilities turn out on the day, and even the odd politician joined us, so if you would like to take part in Pedal on Parliament this year but aren’t sure how to get there with your bike then you’d be welcome to join the Leith Feeder ride this year.
Leither Grant Mason has kindly agreed to show everyone which way to go, but please bear in mind that he’s a volunteer, and that this is an informal ride. Therefore, please also remember you’re responsible for your own safety, the safety of any dependants you bring with you, and to bring your own puncture repair kits and so on.
Like last year, the plan is to meet outside the Cricket Club on Leith Links at 9.45am for a 10am departure on Saturday the 26th of April.
The ride will then take mostly traffic free paths to the Meadows. The route is quite scenic, taking in Lochend Park and Holyrood Park along the way. There’s also a bit of an uphill stretch around Holyrood Park to get the heart going, but don’t worry no-one will judge you if you get off an push that bit!
Sadly, it still isn’t possible to get there entirely on traffic free paths, so if you do plan to bring young ones, you should know that you will be responsible for them. As the Pedal on Parliament ride finishes at Holyrood, there’s also an assumption that you’ll be able to retrace your steps back to Leith in your own time on the return journey.
Any questions? Add them into the comments to this post and we’ll try to get back as soon as possible.