As the cli­mate heats up, PEDAL pro­poses we take the heat off the plan­et, and put it on plan­ners and politi­cians to give pri­or­ity to cyc­ling, walk­ing, pub­lic trans­port, and to tack­ling the causes of cli­mate change.

One way of doing this is to push for changes on the ground here in Portobello that can make sus­tain­able trans­port attract­ive and viable. Another is to make a pub­lic state­ment about our need for dif­fer­ent policies for transport.

Car Free Day

Worldwide, cit­ies and towns enjoy World Car Free Day. Places like Brussels are car free for a day. Imagine that! Imagine cit­ies and towns where people come first, and where plan­ners know that increas­ing road space for cars simply increases con­ges­tion, by mak­ing oth­er forms of trans­port harder to use. If you haven’t already made a habit of join­ing us for a col­our­ful pro­ces­sion of bikes through Portobello on Car Free Day/ Bike Full Day, then do bring your wheels to the Town Hall at 11am on Sunday September 1st 2013 for the Bicycle Ballet fol­lowed by bik­ing along the Prom and the cycle way to Leith Links for the Mela!

Bike to work

Would you like to cycle to work but don’t feel very con­fid­ent about doing so?

Lothian Buses Doors Open Day — 28 September 2013


Transport and the Community CO2 Reduction Plan

Another aven­ue to sus­tain­able trans­port is through the Transport Section of PEDAL’s draft Community CO2 Reduction Plan, which proposes:

  • A Portobello Car Sharing Pool: provid­ing facil­it­ies to allow car shares, with loc­al maintenance.
  • Local Bike Pools: loc­ally main­tained, with sev­er­al sta­tions around Portobello. Covered and secure bike racks on back­greens or roads.

Clearly these are just a couple of pro­pos­als. We’d really like to hear your thoughts on these and any oth­er sug­ges­tions you might have. Please have a look at the Community Carbon Reduction Plan being pro­posed in the Energy sec­tion of this website.

Transport Links to Useful Websites

… to start mak­ing step by step changes today to enable us to be healthy, save money, make com­munity and restore the urb­an and eco­lo­gic­al environment

Transport — if everyone lived as we (currently) do

… we’d need 3 plan­ets to sup­port us