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Some of you may have noticed the shiny new delivery in the station bike racks. They’re big, red, and available to hire!
That’s right, you asked and we delivered. We officially have a fleet of 10 new bikes available to rent from the Hub. 

How does it work?
Abellio Bike & Go is a bike share scheme that runs from over 70 stations across the UK. Check out the video for an overview. You can sign up on the Bike & Go website with a £10 a year membership fee which lets you rent up to 2 bikes at a time from any Bike & Go Station for £3.80 each per 24 hours.


Where do I rent the bikes from?
The Hub is located in the main car park for Ayr Train Station opposite the front entrance. Just pop in during our opening hours, we’ll scan your membership card and give you a bike key. Remember that you should always give your bike a quick safety check before setting off. When you’re finished riding simply bring them back to the station and post the key into the safety deposit box to return it.

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Today's blog post is brought to you by the wonderful Ollie, who created this fantastic set of maps covering the world's longest walks after being inspired by the World Walking App.

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Blog takeover! Our volunteer, Ian, wanted to share his story of weight loss and getting back into cycling. He's definitely our Monday motivation this week.

Ian"Hi, my name is Ian Lyall. Last year I was told I had a heart attack and it changed my life. I was frightened to go out by myself, I was on heart tablets and water tablets for six months.I got the all clear just before X-mas, and in the New Year I knew I had to sort my life out and get fit.

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Sunshine and summer is here and we couldn't be happier. While we're firm believers that there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, it's always nicer to be out in the sun.

We kicked off May with the fantastic Burnsfest. Beautiful weather, great music and spacehopper races. Really, what more could you ask for? Everyone was getting in on the fun. Over 300 people hopped across the finish line on Saturday afternoon, which is definitely a win for active travel in our books. Who knows, maybe spacehopper lanes will be the next big thing on our pavements.

With the weather shining on we're excited to let you all know what events we have coming up for you in May!

Monday 15th May

2pm-3.30pm Cycling Skills session from the Citadel

We have week 2 of our Cycling Skills sessions. If you would like to join in with this current block from week 2 onwards please check out our event page and get in contact with us so we know you're coming along. We would prefer that those participating are able to attend the remaining 5 weeks of training as it is a progressive course.

Wednesday 17th May

10am-2pm Dr Bike in Wellington Square

This is essentially an MOT session for your bike. We may be able to make small tweaks or adjustments but for major fixes we recommend you visit a local bike shop.

Thursday 18th May

5pm-6pm led bike ride from UWS Ayr campus.

This short, fun ride will be less than 5 miles in length and suitable for all abilities.

Friday 19th May

1.15pm-1.45pm lunchtime walk from Wellington Square

This short walk will run weekly and is designed to give you a nice break for fresh air in the middle of the working day.

 

2pm-2.30pm health walk from Dam Park

This short walk is part of the Like 2 Walk walking weekend and will follow the River Ayr. The path is rough underfoot in places and does include one flight of steps.

Saturday 20th May

10am-11am health walk from Dam Park

This easy walk is part of the Like 2 Walk walking weekend and will follow the River Ayr. The path is rough underfoot in places and does include one flight of steps.


11.30-12.30 pesky punctures in the Hub

This is a class for basic bike maintenance in how to change an inner tube and fix a puncture quickly and easily. All equipment provided.

 

3pm-3.40pm Bumblebee Walk from Troon South Beach

This short walk along the seafront at Troon is part of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust's bumblebee surveys and is open to all. It is part of the Like 2 Walk walking weekend.

Monday 22nd May

9.30am-10.30am e-bike rides from the Citadel

These easy led rides along towards Greenan Castle are the perfect opportunity to try out an electric bike and enjoy the sea breeze at the same time.

 

1-1.30pm health walk from Dam Park
This short walk is part of the Like 2 Walk walking weekend and will follow the River Ayr. The path is rough underfoot in places and does include one flight of steps.

 

2.30-3.30pm Cycling Skills session 3 from the Citadel. Please see Week 2 (Monday 15th May) for more details.

Friday 26th May

1.15pm-1.45pm lunchtime walk from Wellington Square
This short walk runs weekly and is designed to give you a nice break for fresh air in the middle of the working day.

Tuesday 30th May

5pm-6.30pm Cycling Skills session from the Citadel.
This is the beginning of one of our 6 week progressive blocks and will run on a weekly basis.

 

Remember - all our events are completely free. If you would like us to run an active travel related event such as cycling skills lessons, a led walk or bike ride, active travel breakfast, Dr Bike or bike bus, please do get in contact. Keep on hopping!

Janet Renouf-Miller is a pretty interesting person - she knits, weaves, crochets, spins (the kind with wool) and she cycles. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with her before her free exhibition at Carnegie Library that’s showing between Friday 31st March (today!) and Monday 10th April. The exhibition is full of 3D pieces she crocheted as part of her trip around Scotland on a folding bicycle along the National Cycle Network.

Janet Renouf-Miller with her crochet Glenfinnan viaduct. Photo: Andrew Cawley, Sunday Post

 

What got you into cycling?

I started cycling on a tricycle as a five year old and on two wheels at seven. My first, second hand bike came from the ‘Barras’ market in Glasgow and had blocks of wood tied around the pedals as it was too large for me. It was my main form of transport as a young person. As a student I was still using it when I moved into Halls of Residence in Glasgow. As well as cycling back and forth to Uni, I used to cycle up to Drymen and elsewhere at weekends. It had only one gear, which I did not think was unusual until a boyfriend pointed out that most bikes had several gears!

What was your inspiration behind the project?

I cannot quite remember but there was a window time-wise and I had always wanted to go on a solo trip for more than a few days. I find ‘useful’ journeys so much more fun than cycling for the sake of it and I work as a textile artist. So cycling round Scotland doing mini workshops, knitting and crochet what I saw for an exhibition and writing a book about it just seemed to make sense.

A Brompton is a pretty unusual choice for long distance trips – what made you choose a folding bike for your journey?

The Brompton is just the bike I use and it goes pretty much everywhere with me so it made sense to just do the trip on it. I don’t mind the fact it is a bit slower, because I love to see things whilst cycling and keep getting off to sketch, take photos, or drink tea anyway. I like the idea that cycling does not have to be ‘macho’ and any distance is just fine. In particular, Bromptons are great for getting from A to B. You can hop on a train or bus and cycle across the missing link between different modes of transport. For instance, when I had meetings in different areas of Glasgow or Edinburgh I can get the but from Dalmellington to Ayr, train from Ayr to Glasgow then cycle in the city.

How far did you travel each day and how did you plan each leg?

I planned the whole trip plus workshops before leaving home. That included arranging to stay with people and indentifying campsites. All but one of the campsites had a policy of not turning cyclists or walkers away which was a great help. Some days I would travel more than others, depending on what else I had to do. Mostly it was between 15 and 34 miles.

Tell us about the high and low points?

The lowest point was Lochranza near the start of the trip. The tent leaked, midges were awful and there was such a long way still to go... There were lots of high points though. Doing a workshop on Mull with my granddaughter coming along to it (she was 8 at the time and had been 

learning to knit), having radio Scotland interview me at the workshop on day one at the Robert Burns Heritage Museum Alloway, and making it as far as Drumochter Pass. 

CalMac Ferry crocheted by Janet Renouf-Miller. Photo: Andrew Cawley, Sunday Post. 

If you could do the journey again from the beginning what do you think you’d do differently?

I would not bother with the CTC route planner or any other route planner. Road maps were far easier to follow.

Do you have any similar projects in the pipeline?

Not like that one. It has taken until now to finish writing the book (also called Knit 1 Bike 1) and to finish the exhibition work. Crocheting the Glenfinnan Viaduct was challenging and was only completed a few days before the first exhibition in the Textile Tower House, Hawick. I went away a couple of times on the bike for shorter trips though and intend to do the same this year. Doing this journey showed me I could do it and got me back into camping again. It was empowering!

 

If you’re interested in knowing more about Janet’s adventures or creating interesting things check out Create With Fibre. She’s also local, so there’s a good chance to attend some of her workshops. Knit 1 Bike 1 - The Book is also available for purchase.

 

 

 

It's the first day of spring and we are officialy open for business! 

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The eagle eyed among you may have already been down to our new Hub at the front of Ayr Railway Station, but if you haven't, this is your chance! Our core hours are currently sitting at 10-1 Mon, Weds, Fri and 1-4 Tues and Thurs. Quite often you will find that we are around outside of these hours, but not always as we could be out delivering activities. Exceptions to this will be Monday the 6th of March, when both Hub officers are away on a bike maintenance training course, and Friday the 17th of March as there is staff walk leader training.

So what does it mean now you're open, I hear you ask?

Well, you can pop in and see us for a chat about travel advice or active travel - perhaps you'd like to cycle more often but aren't confident cycling in traffic, or  maybe you want to know the best route to take to get somewhere. We can help with both of these and more with our:

  • Custom travel planning software and route advice
  • Maps, leaflets and guidebooks for walking and cycling locally
  • Free to borrow bike pump for if you're ever feeling a little flat
  • Advice and guidance on basic bike maintenance

But that's not all! If you check out our calendar or Facebook page you'll see we have a bunch of events on, including:

  • Dr Bike
  • Led walks
  • E-bike tryouts
  • Skills and confidence rides

You can contact us for more information on any of these events through the email at the bottom of the page or through our social media. 

Please note that there are limited spaces on our skills and confidence rides, so please book your place either by responding to the Facebook Event or contacting us.

We have some other events in the pipeline including some puncture repair sessions in the Hub. If you have any ideas or suggestions as to what you would like to see the Hub doing or what we could do to help active transportation more accessible to you, then please do get in touch.

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Our Hub has finally arrived!!! 

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Look after your feet they will walk you to great health.

 

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BRRRRR!!!!! WINTER IS UPON US NOW!!!

Here are some top tips on how to stay happy and safe on your bike when cycling during the cold and icy winter months. This advice should help you winterproof your bike and your riding style to keep you pedalling all winter.

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Cycle

If you’re looking for a way to get around town and get some exercise too, these are the travel options for you.

While they’re obviously well suited for shorter trips, you can also combine walking and biking with public transportation to go much, much farther. Just walk to a nearby train station or take your bike onto a bus, and you’ll be amazed at how much ground you can cover, no car required.

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Walk

Nearly everyone can walk – but often we end up jumping in the car even for journeys when a short walk would get us wherever we’re going.

But walking to work, college or school – or wherever else you’re going locally – has to be one of the best ways of getting a fresh air fix, saving money, maybe even saving time – all this in a trip you’ve got to do anyway! Right?

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Can e-bikes revolutionise long-distance commuting?

Marc Dekker commutes 80 miles a day on his high-speed e-bike. Are these powerful new cycles the long-awaited green solution for lengthy commutes?

Marc Dekker commutes 80 miles a day on his ‘speed pedelec’ e-bike.

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When vision for cycling stalls: reflecting on tough decisions

By John Lauder,

Cycling Poster

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Facebook Event Cover Big Bike Revival Scotland

 

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The 1st Culzean Cycling Festival

 

Sponsored by The Big Bike Revival.

 

Sunday 18th September 2016 - 10am until 4pm.

 

A HUGE FAMILY EVENT!!! 

 

Bring your bike, bring the family, bring yourself and get exploring Culzean Country Park on 2 wheels!!!

 

Everything from Electric Bike Safari, Mountain Bike Trial rides and Ranger led rides showing you the secrets of the park.

 

See you all on Sunday.

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Over 150 cycling and walking projects to be funded across Scotland

 

26 May 2016

Infrastructure improvements to help people of all ages and abilities to make more journeys by foot and bike are to be designed and constructed across Scotland as part of our Community Links programme.

The measures will be delivered thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and will involve a partnership of Local Authorities, public and third sector organisations. More than 150 projects will be funded in an ongoing and long-term effort to enable more people to choose to walk and cycle more often.

Over £40 million to be invested in cycling and walking projects in Scotland

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Research highlights the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes

By Dr Andy Cope,

Cycling    WALKING

 

Fit for Life, a new report by Sustrans, presents independent research, by leading experts, into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes. Sustrans, supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, completed many new high quality walking and cycling routes between 2009 and 2013

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COMPACT COMMUTING
 
Have you thought of commuting to your work, to school or to the shops but think you need to wear lycra, you need lots of equipment and need lots of bags hooked on the bike or on your back???
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A HISTORY OF AYR

Ayr History 

No visit to Scotland would be complete without spending some time in the historic city of Ayr. The rich history of this beautiful town dates back to 1205 and the days of King William the Lion. Be transported back in time as you view ancient castles, walk down quaint city streets and spend time at what used to be one of the most important ports in Scotland. History comes alive in Ayr, from William Wallace to Robert the Bruce and beyond. Be sure that Ayr is on your itinerary if you plan to be in or near Ayrshire. Even better, make Ayr your home base for exploring the entire county and the lower portion of Scotland’s West Coast. There is so much to see and do – you are sure to enjoy your time in Ayr.

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BIKE HELP

Like any machine, a bicycle will work better and last longer if you care for it properly.
Get in the habit of checking your bike regularly – simple checks and maintenance can help you enjoy hassle-free riding and avoid repairs.
These easy tips are a great way to get started;

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Cycle fun

Cycle to work and arrive energised, alert and ready for the day – and you’ll be clocking up your recommended 2.5 hours of physical activity per week before your working day starts!

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NCN7

 

As an employer, supporting cycle commuting can genuinely strengthen your business.

As a commuter, cycling to work can help you to save time and money while using time you spend travelling to improve your fitness and live a longer, healthier life.

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Family Friendly Cycle

 

This Sunday we have a family ride from Ayr Citadel, promoted with the Active Travel Hub Ayr.

 

Suitable for kids on bikes, tag-alongs, trailers and bike-seats, our 12km route links together a great network of cycle paths and parks around Ayr, with trained ride leaders.

 

Find out more by clicking the link below;

 

Ayr Burners Events

Hello and Welcome to The Active Travel Hub - Ayr, covering South Ayrshire.

 

My name is Rory MacColl. I am The Active Travel Hub Officer heading up the project.

 

My intention and role is to promote Active Travel throughout South Ayrshire, encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprint by walking, cycling scooting or using public transport. 

 

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AYR BURNERSThe Active Travel Hub Ayr are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Ayr Burners cycling club that will boost grass roots riding in the area – from toddlers on balance bikes to adults embarking on their first group ride.

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