Cycling Dumfries Inaugural Meeting

We’re having our first meeting on Thursday 26th May. Anyone and everyone is welcome and we’ll be using it to find out what people want to make cycling easier in the area. If you’re a keen cyclist come along – and bring a non-cycling friend too. And if you’re just a beginner cyclist, or haven’t cycled for a while, for whatever reason, or even if you’ve never ridden a bike but would like to, we’d love to hear from you. Meet us at Mi Amore in Bank Street, from 6 o’clock (or come earlier – we’ll be there from 5:30) to have your say.

Want to cycle there? Plan your journey with CycleStreets (in Beta)

Help us publicise the event – download an A4 poster or some flyers

9 responses to “Cycling Dumfries Inaugural Meeting

  1. Pingback: Cycling Dumfries Inaugural Meeting Planned | Cycling Dumfries

  2. Looking forward to our first meeting and to the many ways we can improve life for cyclists in our region.
    ~ Annie ~

  3. sallyhinchcliffe

    First comment! Thanks Annie, see you there

  4. June Hay

    I’ll try to attend though not a Doonhamer. I like cycling in and around Dfs though

  5. sallyhinchcliffe

    June – that would be great if you can make it! Hope to see you there

  6. Bill Telfer

    This new campaign looks like a great initiative.
    I hope it focusses on ordinary everyday cycling – to improve the environment for urban utility cycling.
    Not owning a car, living over 30 miles from Dumfries, and the non-existence of public transport I wont be able to go to an inaugural or other meeting unless I undertake an evening 66 mile round trip on my bike!
    If I was going to the meeting I’d suggest that in addition to this great new website an email forum should be estabished. Eg set up a YahooGroup similar to the one linked with the Bristol Cycling campaign- See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bristolcyclingcampaign/
    Another suggestion I’d make is to get cyclists involved in a 20s Plenty For Us campaign http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/
    One of the biggest disincentives for people to cycle is fear of motor traffic. Slower speeds is a key campaign element in a cycling campaign. We should campaign for 20mph to be established as the default speed limit in Dumfries and in all D&G’s towns/urban areas
    Rod King national co-ordinator of 20s Plenty says that Edinburgh is in process getting this underway -starting with about a third of the city. Oxford has all of it, ditto Portsmouth. Lancashire will have every residential road by 2013. Bristol is 2/3rd of it. Warrington is all of it. Islington is all of it. ”So urban-wide is very much on the cards and all of it mandatory.’’
    Ie 20mph to be the default speed limit.
    This would be great incentive for more cycing but it needs to be fought for given the nature of our local authority.
    Bill

  7. sallyhinchcliffe

    Hi Bill – thanks for this. We’ll definitely take your views into account on Thursday.

  8. Hi Bill, I used to live in Bristol, and cycle almost everywhere. Unfortunately I ended up having to leave due to my lungs suffering really badly from the air pollution, so it is great to know that things are changing for the positive there.
    Yahoo groups are great, but unfortunately, correct me if I am wrong, unless you have a Yahoo email account you cannot join up. As I already have an account with Hotmail and Gmail, I can’t see me opening another email account.
    Sally, does this site allow for putting discussions under categories perhaps?

    • sallyhinchcliffe

      Hi Annie,

      Afraid not, although people can leave comments & I could leave a post open just for comments but it wouldn’t allow posts to go into categories. As regards yahoo groups you do need a yahoo account although you don’t have to use it for email – if you use flickr or a number of other sites you may find you already have one. It is free and whatever forum we choose people will have to sign in to anyway, so I don’t think it would be too much of a barrier would it?

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