For all cycle-philes in Edinburgh, June 22 will surely already be a date circled on your calendar. For all those unaware of the importance, it is one of the days of the year where people from all across the city can come to discuss “all things bike” over a smoothie and to enjoy the most important meal of the day.
The Spokes Bike Breakfast morning is being held in the City Chambers Quadrangle on Edinburgh’s High Street, and promises to be a hive of activity from 8am to 10 am. There will be special guests such as Transport Convenor, Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, who will give a short speech about cycling in Edinburgh, and the initiatives his team have been putting in place under the new Cycling Action Plan. But of course the real draw of this breakfast is the opportunity to meet like-minded bike enthusiasts whilst getting a hearty healthy breakfast.
Part of National Bike Week, the Spokes BB is a chance to put any questions about the biking side of Edinburgh to councillors, and any questions about biking itself to any of the crowd of bike enthusiasts sure to be in attendance. Spokes have already sent their mail-out just a few days ago for members, and posters of the event should be springing up near you soon.
The purpose of the breakfast is not only to raise awareness of how cycling to work can be the best mode of transport, but also to try and make Edinburgh’s busiest spots more bike friendly. So if you have suffered at the hands of the tramlines on Princes Street, or found there aren’t enough fences against which to chain your bike, or just want to make sure that Edinburgh’s planned Quality Bike Corridor goes ahead, then this is the forum for you to bare all.
And if you want to tell us what you think about trams then tune in on Monday 20 June 2011 at 12 noon when we are planning a LiveBlog event about the trams…. More news about that soon.