European Mobility week Edinburgh is 16th – 22nd September. As part of this, the city is trying Bike Friday – an organised social commute ride, starting from several designated points at the edge of town- Portobello (Swim Centre), Corstorphine (David Lloyd Centre) and Gracemount (Leisure Centre).
The idea is to mix experienced cyclists with ones less used to riding in traffic to try a commute. This has been achieved successfully in London, as featured recently on the Guardian’s Bike Podcast.
Could this work in Stirling? The council have already consulted local cycling club in preparation for improvements to the bike path network in Stirling. The city’s rush hour traffic has several ‘black-spots’ (such as the Craigs roundabout) that are difficult to navigate on a bike. An organised group commute could help newer commuters to overcome fear of these areas.