Skelf Bike Park Open Day 19th June

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You might remember that in March we ran a couple of stories about opposition and support for a new bike park in central Edinburgh.

Well, the good news is that progress has been made, planning permission and the lease appear to be sorted, funding secured, and the tender for companies to build it is going out soon. All good stuff. They’ve even had Claudio Calouri from Velosolutions and Red Bull out looking at the site and giving them tips on what needs to be done. Yes, you read that right – Claudio!

Skelf Claudio
Site visit: Ed and Tom from Architrail and Claudio Calouri from Velosolutions and Red Bull

As part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling there’s an open day at the park on Sunday June 19th. If you’d like to go and see the site, the plans, speak to the people behind the project, maybe suggest where Claudio might have got it wrong then head on over there.

As well as talking about the proposals, there’ll be chance to have a go on a pump track that’s being brought in for the event, and even live bands to shake your stuff to. Check out the event Facebook page for further details on this event for families, children and experienced bikers alike.

If you’re in the Edinburgh area, check out the events calendar for the rest of the festival – there’s not much by way of mountain biking, but there’s films, talks, and even a speed dating session for cyclists. Which might be interesting if you’ve already bumped into each other on the World Naked Bike Ride that takes place earlier the same day?

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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