Cycling Edinburgh

Edinburgh Cycling Links

This page contains links to other sites that might be of interest to our visitors, friends and fellow-cyclists.

All the links are my personal choice, but don't let that stop you suggesting other sites that you know about or would like to recommend (my contact details are near the bottom of the page).

All links checked and updated October 2016

Cycling in general

Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation
If you're concerned about whether helmets will improve your safety - or have the opposite effect - you'll find lots of facts, figures and research material here to help you make up your mind.

Bike Hub
Useful articles on various  aspects of cycling, including etiquette, security, training, tax breaks and route-planning.

Cycle Maps Directory
This useful site hosts several dozen maps of cycle routes in various parts of the UK, mostly published by local authorities to publicise a particlar route or area. Many of the maps can be downloaded as PDFs; others are viewable within your browser.

How to prevent your bike being stolen
This informative article gives advice on which type of bike lock to use (and how to use it), as well tips on bike marking and registration, how to report a stolen bike, and quite a lot more. Definitely worth a read.

These are the people behind the National Cycle Network, which includes some of the best bike routes in Edinburgh. The site has lots of leaflets and maps, an events calendar (but not many Scottish events), technical information about the design of bike paths, and a custom route-finder (enter your postcode to see all the NCN routes in your area).

Cycling in Edinburgh / Scotland

City Cycling Edinburgh Forum
A busy discussion group on all aspects of local cycling. Worth visiting regularly, either to join in the chat or just to observe. Open to all.

Cycling Scotland
A Scottish Government-funded project to "bring cycling out from the fringes of everyday life and into the mainstream", which sounds good to me. They achieve this by promoting public participation in cycling events, giving training to help people build confidence, and providing engineering services to ensure that cyclists are catered for on Scotland's roads and paths.

Edinburgh Bike Tours
This company runs half- and full-day guided bike tours around the city, mainly visiting places of interest to visitors. The rides go at a gentle pace, and stick to bike paths and quiet roads as far as possible. Bike hire is included; the price is reduced if you bring your own bike. You can also hire a bike independently of the tour.

Go Bike
The Strathclyde cycling campaign. The group campaigns for better cycling facilities in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, and also organises regular bike rides in those areas (a sort of west coast equivalent of Spokes).

Laid Back Ligfiets Scotland
David Gardiner is Edinburgh's resident specialist in recumbent bikes. He imports the bikes from Germany and the Neterhlands, hires them out, leads tours, and can arrange purchase of new or ex-rental models from his associates in Amsterdam. His 90-minute recumbent tour of the Meadows and Holyrood provides an excellent introduction for those who never ridden this type of bike before.