As part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling there will be a number of talks about different aspects of the bicycle and cycling:
Mikael Colville-Andersen, Copenhagen’s bicycle ambassador, will be talking about “Bicycle Culture by Design” – Considering Design as a Place Making Solution for Liveable Cities. Copenhagenize started in 2007, highlighting cycling life in Copenhagen. Forty years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else, but now 36% of the population arriving at work or education do so on bicycles, from all over the Metro area. 50% of Copenhageners use bicycles each day. They all use over 1000 km of bicycle lanes in Greater Copenhagen for their journeys. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere. Modern urban planning is often singular in its focus on technical models and solutions, statistics, impact assessment and cost. Copenhagenize prefers to place the primary focus on human nature in their work. They think bicycle user first and design from there, whatever the city. This talk will be on 15th June, in the Assembly Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LX. Book your tickets here £15 (£13 concessions). Starts 19:30. Talk sponsored by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op.
Mark Beaumont, Broadcaster, Adventurer, Author and Speaker, talking about his cycling and other adventures, on Wednesday 19th June. This talk will be at the Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, EH8 9JG. Book your ticket here £13 (£10 concessions). Starts 19:30. Talk sponsored by Alpine Bikes.
Nicholas Oddy (lecturer Glasgow School of Art) will be giving a talk entitled ‘Cyclists – This Hill is Dangerous’. ‘ “CYCLISTS” THIS HILL IS DANGEROUS’ reads the text on one of the earliest modern road signs, a ‘danger board’ issued by The Scottish Cyclists’ Union. It is one amongst a plethora of others issued by national cycling organisations in the early 1880s, different from previous road signage in being concerned with hazards and safe passage, rather than directions and geography. It seems quite straight forward, matter-of-fact even, but this talk will explore how road signs like this warn of a descent altogether greater than the ones their sponsors ever imagined. This talk will be on Thursday 20th June, starts 19:30. Hosted by Newhaven Communications, 7 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5HZ. FREE but booking required.
Kate Rawles will be talking about her book The Carbon Cycle: Crossing the Great Divide. This talk will be on Saturday 22nd June. This event is hosted by Newhaven Communications, 7 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5HZ. Starts 15:00, entry Free.
Juliana Buhring The Fastest Woman to Cycle the World, will be giving a talk about setting the first women’s world record for fastest circumnavigation of the world by bicycle, which she achieved just 152 days finishing in December last year. This talk will be on Saturday 22nd June, in the George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, EH8 9LJ. Book your ticket here £12 (£10 concessions). Starts 19:30. Talk sponsored by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op.