Community Engagement / Events
One of the projects main undertakings was too engaged with the local community to encourage behaviour change in travel methods and raise awareness of what the project was doing. This has been achieved by staging several high profile events, along with running two town-wide challenges and attending many local run events. The events were tailored to create fun and friendly atmospheres to give local people the opportunity to try active travel
Kirkcaldy hosted the Halfords and the Pearl Izumi Tour series as part of the project. Other events highlights have included the mass bike ride when 100 people took part in our two bike rides, of 9 miles and 1.5 miles. The festivelo, which was a family fun day with numerous activities people could join in with, such as the airbag, try it bikes, small bikes rides, led walks, face painting and Kingdom FM providing the music. Two town centre events, with try it bike and stunt teams. Our farewell event with indoor pedal power cinema and Peachy Keen NCN pedal powered race. The project regularly attended the Beveridge Park festivals and Templehall and Gallatown Gala days.
Make your move Kirkcaldy has also engaged with many community groups and Fife College to deliver talks on active travel, have-a-go sessions and provide training. The project has produced high quality maps of the cycle network in Kirkcaldy and local information about travel modes, training, groups and events that are taking place.
Make your move Kirkcaldy had a Borrow Bike scheme, which was launched in September 2012. The idea behind the borrow bike scheme was to address the issue of low bike ownership in Kirkcaldy, to give people the opportunity to try a bike without having to commit to the cost of buying one. In total, the project held 19 bikes that could be borrowed for a month free of charge. Over 100 people have borrowed bikes and participants reported enjoying the experience, feeling fitter and finding it quicker and cheaper than other forms of transport.
During the project we have lent the borrow bikes out for day rides to several groups, for longer periods of time to organisations such as The Cottage Family Centre dad’s group and to the Bike Club at St Andrews High School. Cycle training was offered to everyone borrowing a bike. Over a hundred people have had formal cycling or bike maintenance training and Make your move Kirkcaldy also trained up 24 people to be Cycle Trainer Assistant’s, ride leaders or walk leaders.
As part of the legacy of the project, we have gifted the borrow bikes back to current community organisations in Kirkcaldy so residents can continue to benefit. The organisations are; Templehall Area Youth/Adult Groups, The Cottage Family Centre, Gallatown Gala and Community Group, Hayfield Community Centre and FABB Scotland/Blazing Saddles.