The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is more than just a bike ride. The 10-day festival celebrates all aspects of cycling, with a wide range of bicycle inspired events. While there are a number of organised bike rides and competitive races during the festival, many other art and cultural elements are also planned. Previous festivals have included “Up-Cycle” a creative reuse of old bike parts and a screening of the community funded film “Accidental Death of a Cyclist”. Bike enthusiasts will also get to enjoy hands-on workshops, talks from bike specialists and much more during the festival.
Edinburgh has its own international airport half an hour away, or you can arrive by train into the city centre. The majority of events are within an easy ride of each other, but if you’re not on your own transport, then the tram and bus service help you get around. There will be a selection of events that are free, but others will need tickets. Prices vary but tend to be priced between £5 and £20. If you are looking to enter into a race, one of the longer bike rides or guided tours expect to pay a little more.
It is recommended to buy for ticketed events in advance, although some will still have places available on the day. If you are a keen cyclist it makes sense to bring your own bike. If this is not practical contact the festival organisers for any recommendations on where to hire your 2 wheels for the week. Check the programme of events, there is something for everyone. All ages are welcome, although any bike rides make a judgement on the abilities of your group. If you are not a cyclist or are not planning to ride during your trip, there are still plenty of interesting events.
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As well as riding your bike around the city to take in the scenic views, venture up Calton Hill and Arthurs Seat. Plan a trip to the famous Edinburgh Castle. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia or go shopping in Princes Street.
Find out more about the festival, such as: event calendar, tickets, media links and photo galleries, cargo bike hire, contact information and more about the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling by visiting the official website.
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