We’ve had a fantastic response to our call for Pop-up PoPs this year – with 20 events now announced around the country – but we know not everyone can commit to organising a demo. That doesn’t mean we don’t need your help – so if you’re keen to see a cycle-friendly Scotland, here are some simple ways you can get involved:
First and foremost, try and get to one of the popup events if you can – the list is here and there are plenty that will need people who can just turn up and help out or simply be part of the crowd (especially the human bike lanes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the mass rides in Dumfries, Aberdeen and Dundee)
If you are going to any event (and you use Facebook), please sign up on the event page! It gives the organisers something to hang on to in the small hours when they’re lying awake thinking ‘what if I organise a bike protest and nobody comes?’ Also invite all your friends, relations and those random people you’re connected to on social media and can’t remember why.
If you’ve got time to help out with a pop-up event in any way, then get in touch with the organisers and ask if they need any help (we can put you in touch if there are no public contact details available). Anyone who’s organised something like this will tell you that it’s a massive boost to have someone volunteer to help out, in however small a way. Can you put up posters? Hand out flyers? Make a cow costume? Even an hour or two can make all the difference!
You can also help building up a bit of a buzz on social media – we’ve got a tweet thread here listing all the events in order, and just retweeting or replying helps to amplify our voice and makes sure our events reach the people beyond our own social media bubble.
OK peeps – weekend after next is the #POP2019 #PopUpPop weekend of creative campaigning fun! We've got events happening all over the country (and still a couple more in the works). Stand by to find out what YOU will be doing on the weekend of the 26th-28th April …
— Pedal On Parliament #PoP2019 (@POPScotland) April 14, 2019
During the event itself, we need your photographs and videos, and your posts! The Pop-Ups will make most of their impact through images we share and the stories they tell. If you’re willing to share your photos for use by the media, we have a Flickr press pool here. Live streaming video can have a huge impact too, if you’re able to manage it. If you’re sharing online use the hashtags #PopUpPop and #PoP2019 and copy us in on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so we can share them too.
Finally, whether you’re coming to a pop-up or not – have you purchased your POP t-shirt yet? they’re a bargain at £10, an epic lime green, and all proceeds will go to making future POPs bigger and better
There is, of course, just time to organise your own event – but hurry, because the POP weekend is getting close. We still don’t quite know how things are going to turn out – but we do know it’s going to be incredible, messy, nail biting, chaotic, wonderful, uplifting and fun (at least in retrospect) – and it might even make a difference. Don’t miss the chance to be part of it!