I popped along to the most excellently organised Skyride in Edinburgh yesterday – they had closed off the roads in Holyrood Park to form a dedicated cycling route within the park and out looping around Duddingston Loch. A great number of people turned out and were given a free reflective vest with Skyride branding on it for their trouble.
What was particularly good was the large amount of families with kids that were cycling. Encouraging to see more and more people taking to the roads as cycling becomes more popular in the UK.
Demonstration BMX and freestyle stunt riding was awe inspiring and jaw dropping – these guys were fearless, and the interview with Sir Chris Hoy revealed he never used stabilisers and started BMX cycling at the age of 7. There was the usual sort of tents / stalls – and a free bike check and workshop was most welcome.
All told, a great day out meeting top class athletes and enjoying cycling in the city.
It was also Good to meet a fellow road cyclist, Scott, on the road on the way down to the event and to have a chat on the way down to the event and then on around the cycle course for a few laps. this proved to me just how sociable cycling is – you can cycle and chat whenever and wherever, the essence of sociability and freedom.