Getting There

Coming to Pedal on Parliament? This link is to help you find the start point and help you to get yourself and your bike there – although remember you can always come without your bike.

There are a number of options in general:

We’ll be adding details of groups coming in from outside Edinburgh as details arrive, so watch this space or let us know.

For those coming from places not listed here – there’s no shame in driving in and parking somewhere and ride on into the city centre - this map link may help you to plan your ride from where you park). Cycling Edinburgh also suggests some safe routes in and out of the city. If you are plan to come from a place not listed and could offer others a lift or would like to organise a feeder ride, then let us know via email (hello {at} pedalonparliament {dot} org), or our Facebook event page or group page or twitter (@popscotland)  and we can spread the word.

Feeder rides

We’ll be adding more information on feeder rides in from outside the city centre as they come in. Last year we had rides from all around Edinburgh, Glasgow, Musselburgh and riders from Moffat and Aberdeen. If you’re planning on organising a feeder ride then let us know

  • From Kirkcaldy: (#popfife) JimmyD (@JDKDY on Twitter) is organising a Fife feeder ride: 8:30 start from Kirkcaldy via Dalgety Bay, Inverkeithing and South Queensferry. More details & route map
  • From Portobello: Barney Dellar (@Branaby on Twitter) is organising a family-friendly feeder ride from Portobello swimming baths. Gather at 10am for a 10:30 start. More details
  • From Fiveways, Edinburgh, organised by the Innertube: gather at Fiveways from 10 am for a 10:30 start, or meet them along the Roseburn path on the way. More details
  • From Braidburn Valley, Edinburgh. Meet at Braidburn Park at 11:00 for an 11:15 start. Route will be along Braidburn Terrace, Hermitage Drive, Braid Avenue, Woodburn Terrace, Canaan Lane, Newbattle Terrace, Whitehouse Loan then Bruntsfield links to Middle Meadow Walk. More details
  • From Harrison Park, Edinburgh. Meet at the south side of Harrison Park on the path that runs between Harrison Road and Ogilvie Terrace. Aiming to start at 11. More details (or here for those not on Facebook)
  • From Water of Leith visitor centre via Craiglockart and Morningside, organised by EasyCycle - avoiding steep hills and busy roads. Leaves 10:30 sharp. More details
  • From Glasgow/Linlithgow (Belles on Bikes option). They will be taking the train to Linlithgow and riding the rest of the way at a gentle pace. Leaving from Linlithgow canal (train station point) at 10 am. More details to follow
  • From Glasgow (GoBike ride). Meet at George Square (north side) at 7:15 am for a prompt departure at 7:30. Route via A89 and A8. More details
  • From Leith. Meet outside the cricket club at Leith Links at 9:45 am for a 10 am departure. More details
  • From Broughton. Meet in the basketball area to the west of Broughton High School, off Fettes Avenue opposite Waitrose car park entrance/Fettes Police headquarters. Gather at 10 for a 10:30 start.
  • From Peebles. Meet in Eastgate car park around 9:30. Led by Cycle Law Scotland
  • There are also riders cycling from Moffat (on the Friday) and Dundee (departing 5am) – let us know if you’d be interested in joining them and we’ll put you in touch.

Feeder rides – kit

It would be excellent if the more experienced riders in each feeder ride had some basic kit for repairing any problems that arise. Remember – not everyone will have as well maintained bikes as you will. Some suggestions:

  • tyre levers
  • puncture repair kit
  • pump
  • a few inner tubes – 26″ and 700c
  • allen keys
  • basic tool kit / mini tool
  • electrical tape
  • cable ties (electrical tape and cable ties can solve lots of problems!)
  • pocket first aid kit – some ideas here
  • wet wipes
  • chain lube – not everyone will have such examples of smooth-running perfection as yourself!

Hopefully no one will need it but it’s useful to be prepared and the kit can be spread over a few experienced people. And the good thing is – the presence of that kit means you probably won’t need it :-)

By Public Transport

If you are planning on travelling by public transport and have a folding bike such as a Brompton or can borrow one – or borrow or rent a bike in Edinburgh (Cycling Edinburgh has some information here) - then please do so as spaces for bike will be extremely limited. Use the #POPbikespaces hashtag on twitter to advise which services you’re using, which are full or if you’re taking a car up on the day and have space for another bike.

By train

ScotRail provided some advice for those bringing their bikes on the train for the last Pedal on Parliament – we’ll update it if there’s any change. There is also some more general guidance here. Be aware that they can’t guarantee you’ll be able to get your bike on the train and they can’t carry huge numbers of bikes so please leave plenty of time. They also cannot carry tandems, or other ‘non standard’ bikes. Coming back should be easier as long as everyone doesn’t rush for the trains at once – take your time and make a day of it and it will be easier for everyone to get home! Use the hash tag #popbikespace to coordinate plans for travel. And don’t forget that folders don’t count as bikes but as luggage, so if you have a Brompton or similar folding bike, please bring it if you can.

In general, please act as an ambassador for cyclists. Be ready to board when a train arrives & know where to find the space on the train. Do not block any disabled or wheelchair spaces with your bike. Take off any panniers or luggage to make the bike more compact and stack bikes ‘herringbone’ fashion (top to tail) and secure them with bungees or webbing straps. People who climb might also bring a couple of slings and carabiners - they can secure bikes very nicely. If you’re going to the terminus, you may find taking the front wheel off and turning the handlebars helps make bikes flatter.

On some trains Scotrail permits bikes in door vestibules because there is no bike space. If the guard permits this, stay with the bike and keep it out of the way of other passengers.

If you’re travelling on Virgin, East Coast Mainline, or Transpennine Express services (from Lockerbie and Carlisle) you can – indeed you must for Virgin and EastCoast – reserve a space for your bike as well as yourself, although these trains tend to have very few spaces. Book via the EastCoast website (regardless of  which train operating company you’re travelling on) and it will allow you to reserve a space for your bike online.

From Glasgow

There are a number of ways you can go from Glasgow. You do not need to rely only on the Queen Street – Edinburgh express. In all, there are 5 different ways you can get over to Edinburgh, and of course get back after the ride.

  • From Queen Street Low Level, going via Airdrie and Bathgate services run four times per hour (two ‘fast’ and two slower).  Although there is no dedicated storage area on these trains, bikes can be placed in the vestibule on the right hand side of the train (facing the engine).  These trains stop at Edinburgh Park and Livingston North if you wanted to ride in from the west.
  • From Glasgow Central taking the slow line via CambuslangBelshill & Shotts. Two services per hour – 1 ‘fast’ and one ‘slow’. These are the Class 156  trains which have baggage and bike space for at least 6 bikes at one end.
  • From Queen Street via Falkirk High and Linlithgow. Each 3 coach unit has space in front and rear for 2 bikes but if you work co-operatively 3 or 4 can stack tightly in the same space. Most trains run with 6 units coaches, hence 4 bike spaces or 8 bikes, but beware the SPT colour trains which only have 1 bike space. They go in peak times 15 minutes apart.
  • From Glasgow Central via Motherwell on the Carstairs line – hourly Cross Country service with 3 official bike places. Occasionally this service may have a train with van space which could take 4 bikes on each unit. Cross Country have been contacted
  • Remember also you can also go via Stirling although it might be best to leave these to the Stirling and Alloa people.

From Fife

Mostly 3 coach class 170 as Edinburgh-Glasgow. Possibly some HST’s for Aberdeen – but may be limited to certain stops.

From North Berwick

Half hourly service on Saturdays Class 380 trains 1 train in morning 1 in early evening to/from Glasgow Central, generally not busy – a secret service.

From Stirling

Normally, half hourly services – some to Dunblane often Class 158 – if you are lucky a ‘Highland’ version with 2 sets of bike spaces – officially 5 bikes – using centre doors on 2 coach trains. Plus some Inverness services

From the South West

The fastest service to Edinburgh is from Lockerbie or via Carlisle – the TransPennine express offers two spaces per three-car train which it’s possible to book in advance – use the EastCoast website to do this online. There are also a couple of Virgin services from Carlisle and Lockerbie – you must book in advance if you want to take your bike on these trains.

For train times use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner or call 08457 48 49 50

Coaches

Bikes are carried on many express coach services – officially you should have something to wrap up the bike (groundsheet) and some bungees or straps to secure it to the chassis framing in the luggage hold. As with the train if you can make the bike ‘flat’ it works better. Stagecoach Express services tend to have less luggage, and there are reports of up to 10 bikes on some services used by BMX and MTB riders in Moray/Aberdeen, who arrange to board/alight at the same places – usually a main bus station. Checking this one with operators (mainly First (Dunbar), Citylink and Stagecoach). Useful to check locally in advance as well if this may suit you.

Some smaller bus operators also carry bikes on low floor buses – informally in most cases – handy if you break down/get stuck and can negotiate with driver – not advisable in town and Lothian/First will refuse you.

Taxis

A useful reserve option if you do have a problem with your bike or the ‘engine’. Most accessible taxis will carry a bike, provided it is clean and you hold or secure it to avoid damaging the cab. Bikes may be charged for as an additional item of luggage.

Car/van Sharing

If you are taking a car and a load of bikes through you can make sure that your car is getting the most use – be prepared to give a lift to other cyclists to help them get there/ get home. Remember this is a co-operative enterprise where there are a lot of people working together to change things – try to share your ride in that spirit! Parking regulations on the roads surrounding the Meadows can be difficult, so it maybe best to park out of the central area and plan to ride in using this cycle journey planner.

 

We’ll update more as we find details.