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Pedal on Parliament Goes Local in 2019: Save the date for a weekend of action https://pedalonparliament.org/new-home/pop-up-pop-map-and-calendar/ Get ready to go local with POP on the last weekend in April – the 26th to the 28th – right across Scotland. As announced last year, POP is ringing the changes for 2019 and taking the action to a street near you – but it’s up to you to make it happen! We all know the benefits that more cycling would bring to Scotland – and we all know why people don’t do it despite all the advantages. Quite simply, the roads are often just too scary for all but a tiny few. Instead of being able to hop on a bike and ride, would-be cyclists face fast roads, heavy traffic, terrifying junctions and drivers who seem to be out to get them. Cycling should not just be for the fit and the brave. It should be for school kids getting to school. It should be for families who can’t afford a car, for shift workers, for those with disabilities, for those living in the meanest streets as well as the leafiest suburbs. At the moment, those who would benefit most from cycling are the ones who are least able to do it. We want to see that changed. From Edinburgh to Glasgow, from Dumfries to Inverness – we want to tackle those barriers in a single weekend of action the length and breadth of Scotland. We’re joining forces with local groups and individuals in a series of Pop-Up PoPs highlighting the things that need to change. Unlike our normal Pedal on Parliament, these won’t be mass demonstrations. They’ll be creative protests highlighting the problems in a variety of ways. Please find your nearest organised event here. https://pedalonparliament.org/new-home/pop-up-pop-map-and-calendar/ Or how about organising your own Pop-up-POP? Contact POP on [masked] for advice on getting one started.
The ride starts from the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green on Saturdays at 0930 . The route goes out the old A8 dual carriageway to Coatbridge and then follows country roads around Glenboig to Muirhead and back on the NCN to Glasgow . Ride time will be around 2 1/2 hours and total distance 24 miles . We occasionally extend the route to Condorrat for a coffee stop. The route is here : http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/358815009/ Ride leader is Edmund Stewart[masked]
Hope you can make it to our next run on Saturday 27th April. We plan to cycle from Balloch to the White house at Maryhill, a distance of approx. 20 miles, mostly on cycle path/canal path and fairly level. The path travels beside the River Leven to Dumbarton, where there is a short section on road, which is still part of a main national cycle route. We then pick up cycle path again to Bowling where we join the canal path heading back under the Erskine Bridge towards Glasgow. We will have a coffee/lunch stop at Clydebank shopping centre. Logistics may be a bit more tricky as we start and finish in different locations, however we will have a car available at Maryhill if any of the pilots or stokers need transport back into town. Trains to Balloch are every half hour from Glasgow Queen St. low level. Anne and I will be getting either the 9.12 or 9.42 though will get on a little further down the line at Bellgrove. There is another train at 10.15 that gets in to Balloch at 11. As before, once we know which pilots and stokers are available we will match folks up and let you know beforehand so that you can plan accordingly. Solo bikes always welcome, indeed essential!
Meet at Drumgelloch Station, Sunday 28 April, 10.15 for 10.30 start. Train from Queen St, platform 9, leaves at 09.45 Route: we go by Caldercruix and Limerigg, then north by Loch Ellrig and Glen Village. Lunch will be in the cafe at the Falkirk Wheel. We return by Canada Wood, Jawcraig, Slammanan and Wattston. The distance is 34 miles with around 2200 feet of ascent including a few challenging climbs. Note, there is a short off road section when we leave the Falkirk Wheel however the surface is mainly hard packed and easily manageable on a road bike.The route can be viewed/downloaded here - www.plotaroute.com/route/711839 Ride Leader: Alwyn Christmas