Two years ago, the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of Pedal on Parliament inspired another cycling-related event — or series of events! — The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

Pedal on Parliament continues to spread the message that the roads in Scotland must be made safe for everyone. There have been too many tragedies that could have been prevented and we must remember that, behind every headline, there are grieving loved ones.

This year, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is hosting a dramatic reading of a new play The White Bike which looks at the personal cost of road death, through the eyes of the victim. Just imagine what if, one day, you didn’t come home? Inspired by the case of Eilidh Cairns, who was killed by a lorry as she cycled to work, The White Bike uses witness statements, personal recollections of family members and years of cycling experience on city streets to create a deeply personal portrait of a life cut short too soon.

Playwright Tamara von Werthern says:

Being killed in traffic as a pedestrian or cyclist is such a random senseless death that it could literally happen to anyone. I cycle the same route as Eilidh, and her death really brought home to me how vulnerable we are on our roads. The “ghost bike” erected in Eilidh’s memory was such a striking image, I wanted to find out more.

Meeting with the family of Eilidh and other cyclists killed in London, Tamara has created a deeply personal portrait of a life cut short too soon. We at PoP, too, know from families like the McNicolls something of the pain experienced by the families of those who are killed on the roads. Road deaths are sometimes dismissed as something inevitable, just the price we pay for a mobile society. The White Bike reminds us of the real human cost and that it is a cost we should not forget.

Tickets to see The White Bike are available here.

What if, one day, you didn’t come home?