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Date: 12th June 2015

After a gap of five years the SEStran Commuter Challenge returned  on Thursday

 

Participants started from any of four points around Edinburgh and made for the city centre via various routes and means of transport.



New this year was a starting point in Fife. Experienced (and fast) cyclist Dave Crampton took advantage of the new cyclepath by the A90 and took 41 minutes for the 12 mile trip. This was three minutes faster than the express bus and six minutes less than the car driver, who had to find a parking space before finishing at St. Andrew Square.

Bikes also beat public transport and cars from Ingliston and Straiton. Best time from Newcraighall was by a City Car Club electric car, which was almost twice as fast as the person taking the train to Waverley and walking to the finish. Slightly slower was a leisurely cyclist taking the scenic route along the Innocent Cycle Path.

 

SEStran Chair Russell Imrie said:

 

“It was good to see the Commuter Challenge returning – and in such marvellous weather”.

 

“Thanks are due to the organisers and all participants. I hope that people will now consider using public transport or cycling at least one day a week, or if you must drive – why not car share? It’s cost effective, cheaper and will help reduce pollution and traffic congestion in the capital”.

 

Event organiser, Chris Hill, said :


"once again the Challenge showed that confident and experienced cyclists can often beat public transport and private cars at commuting times - not just over very short distances. Since we last held this event, the tram has started running and there have been significant improvements to the cycle infrastructure. By next year there will be a new rail line and some good quality segregated cycle routes in the city”.

“Cycling isn't for everyone, but it's clear that more people are giving it a go. It doesn't have to be every day or even all months of the year. If some people who now drive 5 days a week tried public transport, or cycling or carsharing just one day a week, there would be less traffic and less air pollution and things would be better for everyone."


For further information, contact:

Andrew Dougal, SEStran Communications Officer

T: 0131-524-5161

M: 07889-010-291

E: Andrew.dougal@sestran.gov.uk

 

ENDS

SEStran - South East of Scotland Transport Partnership - is one of seven new Statutory Regional Transport Partnerships (RTP) created by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 and is a partnership of eight local councils covering the Borders, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian, Falkirk, Fife and Edinburgh.