European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week Events (16th-22nd September)

Aberdeen Inspired

  • Under the theme of ‘Smart and Sustainable mobility – An investment for Europe’ – the focus for many of the events will be closing the road to vehicular traffic for the day and filling them with events and activities for members of the public to participate and by allowing set up shops, stalls and street cafes to be made available on the street to encourage more people to the area. This will be linked to the Aberdeen Inspired Business plan – which emphasised the under-utilised public areas and improving the ‘walkability’ around the city centre. ‘Lunch and Learn’ seminars for local businesses on sustainable travel, Workplace eco-challenge and cargo bike competition. 


Alloa Town Centre BID

  • Launching of the “Shop Local, Travel Local” campaign: Promoting joint messages of sustainable (local and active journeys) and involving town centre businesses. Alloa will encourage more sustainable ‘school run’ journeys and educational campaigns for pupils and families to visit the town centre more often, leaving the car at home – favouring walking, cycling and public transport.


Auchterarder Developing BID

  • Auchterarder will use a space on the outskirts of the town previously used as a Park and Ride for the Ryder Cup which was held at Gleneagles in 2014. Their intention is to use this as a Park and Ride for visitors, business owners and staff to use during the European Mobility Week. As a result of consultations with the businesses, parking and congestion is a major issue within the town centre of Auchterarder, by promoting the Park and Ride and encouraging its use for that week they aim to demonstrate the benefits of not taking the car in to the town’s high street. This will work in tandem with a promotional event involving local residents, school and businesses to discuss sustainable travel issues and family-friendly cycling and walking.

Barrhead (All About Barrhead BID)

  • On 19th September 2016, Barrhead BID will become an Operation BID, following a successful ballot on 27th June 2016. This coincides with European Mobility Week. The BID will deliver a ‘Leave your Car at Home’ day, which will coincide as a launch event to raise awareness of the BID with residents and businesses. The event will highlight active walking and cycling routes into the town centres, with a Land Train and active travel routes to transport individuals to the three key areas of the town centre. 


Bathgate (Enterprising Bathgate)

  • The focus of the Bathgate campaign would be a one-day special Autumn event within Bathgate town centre, firmly at the social heart of their business community and growing town population. The event provisionally scheduled for the weekend of 17/18 September, would offer an inclusive, family friendly day of associated activities (street fair, entertainment etc.) combined with promotion of a prospective car-free environment (subject to approvals) to help strengthen the all-important ‘sustainable travel and mobile’ message of the bigger campaign. The Bathgate event will complement the ‘Pedal for Scotland’ event in West Lothian (11 September), the September workplace challenge ‘Love to Ride’ ( and the launch of the West Lothian sustainable and active travel map for the Bathgate area. 


Byres Road and Lanes (Visit West End - Glasgow)

  • On Saturday 17th September, Mark Beaumont (, one of Scotland’s finest ambassadors of active travel, who will be giving a talk followed by a Q&A in Hillhead library. A graduate of Glasgow University, Mark knows the area well. He is a well-known speaker and will attract a large audience for this free but ticketed event. The area of Byres Road between Hyndland Road / University Avenue & Chancellor Street will be closed from 10.00 – 17.00 on Sunday 18th September. Closing this section of Byres Road promotes alternative uses for the road, getting people to think about active travel and walking or cycling to school, university or work, instead of using the car. Events will include ‘bike tryout’ sessions with Get Cycling (or a local option), using a wide range of bikes, trikes, tandems etc, for able-bodied and disabled cyclists. Visit West End are looking to partner with a local cycling community, and have contacted The Bike Station (, a social enterprise working towards making cycling an easy, affordable and mainstream way to travel. Visit West End will be working with Operation Play Outdoors. Operation Play Outdoors ( who organise traditional street games for children – and adults - to encourage them to have an active and playful childhood. Visit West End will be working closely with the businesses in the closed stretch of road to maximise the potential of the day. As a part of a promotional brochure featuring the businesses they will devise a treasure hunt aimed at children, which will encourage them (and their families) to look for clues in each shop.


Carluke BID

  • The project will demonstrate the walkability of Carluke's urban public realm, thereby encouraging townsfolk to walk more and perhaps help increase the numbers of people taking light exercise. This will be done via an experimental day of carving out little urban spaces – outdoor rooms and pocket parks – connected by visual markers and pathways. These are simply fun devices to get people interested in their local environment. Up to six potential small urban spaces will be identified and 'installed' using benches, deck chairs, bales of hay, astro-turf, sofas, coffee carts and more. These spaces will then be connected by one or more visual devices to encourage people to walk between them, for example obelisks, footprints, vinyls or even balls of coloured wool and pied pipers!


Clarkston (I Love Clarkston)

  • ‘Cycle Clarkston’ aims to promote cycling throughout the area as a family past-time. The plan includes a ‘wild in art’ type trail of bikes throughout the town, painted by local artists and famous cyclists (such as Sir Chris Hoy and Danny McAskill) as well as local schools and community groups. The week would launch with a family cycle-day, encouraging people to find all of the bikes.


Discover Dunblane

  • Utilising the community partnership model established by Discover Dunblane and building on the current infrastructure accessibility programme supported by SUSTRANS, our project will deliver a series of smart mobility events for European Mobility Week that: excite, challenge existing thinking and set the foundations for the future sustainable active travel strategy in Dunblane working to change the culture and behaviour of the local community and also builds a strong local economy. A street closure will be in place for the local public to engage with determining how the space could look with new road layouts for pedestrians and bicycles as well as local businesses offering incentives to employees and customers to travel with sustainable transport. A pop-up shop will service as an active travel information and cycle-hire shop, with a local guide being commissioned to take account and promote that the edge of the town can be reached in 40 minutes in all directions on foot.


Falkirk Delivers

  • European Mobility week will be launched in Falkirk on Saturday 17th September with BMX stunt demonstrations throughout the day. Local experts in cycling infrastructure and walking in the area will be available to help residents and employees with sustainable route planning. There will be free bike and electric bike hire available, as well as a series of meanders for slow place led rides aimed at people who do not cycle often. The weekend will culminate with the Big Bike Bonanza: a led ride from ‘The Kelpies/Helix Park’ to Falkirk town centre. This aspect has to be the main element of the short film, where we will encourage as many cyclists as possible to cycle through the High Street. We will be asking participants to enter either by dropping in to the space, or by entering via Facebook.


Greater Grassmarket (Edinburgh)

  • Greater Grassmarket’s recently launched Historical Trail will be incorporated for European Mobility Week as a 2-kilometre-long walking trail through Edinburgh’s Old Town. The trail will be designed to encourage visitors, local residents, local schools and local businesses to get out and ‘walk the past’… Walk:Past. Competitions, scavenger hunts and family friendly activities will be developed with a theme of walking and car avoidance. The focal point will involve the use of the Grassmarket’s public realm to create a weekend cycle:Past event involving local cycling clubs and bike maintenance businesses promoting cycling and walking. Lothian Buses will also feature their new cleaner and disability friendly fleet bus:Past.


Living Lerwick

  • Let’s Go Lerwick!: This project will inspire and motivate people living and working in Lerwick to choose walking as an activity to get to work, whilst at work and when they have leisure time with their families. The project will connect town centre businesses with each other as well as their customers and create partnerships with the public sector through a step count challenge called Let’s Go! a partnership between Living Lerwick Ltd, Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland aimed at those who live and work in Lerwick but who choose to use their car as their mode of transport as well as customers of shops in the Living Lerwick BID area. We will also deliver additional activities around cycling, walking and jogging. All the initiatives will be supported by a paper and online campaign highlighting the EMW themes of personal, societal and business benefits through sustainable and active travel.


Linlithgow Town Centre

  • ‘Pedal 4 Linlithgow’: The ‘Pedal 4 Scotland’ event comes to Linlithgow Sunday 11th September. Linlithgow will promote local cycling to the event’s 8,000s cyclists as they pass through on their route from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The town centre is currently in the process of implementing an Air Quality Action Plan, and the BID will promote sustainable travel methods as a key component to improving air quality in the town, reducing traffic congestion and increasing footfall. The event will include a cycling treasure hunt using temporary QR codes, new maps with cycle routes around the town, and promotions of the workplace ‘Love to Ride’ challenge, cycle obstacle courses, free bike maintenance, Linlithgow Canal Tow Path route, and ‘Bike and Go’ scheme with the Linlithgow railway station.


 Linlithgow Mill Road Industrial Estate

  • During the consultation phase of the industrial estate BID, businesses highlighted the traffic management issues in the area. The Mill Road BID, working with partners from the private, public and third sectors with run a 5 day event during European Mobility Week to create a ‘Sustainable Transport Hub’ where businesses and employees can get information on sustainable travel and personalised travel plans, with free bike servicing, promotion of Linlithgow cycle businesses and goody bags and vouchers for healthy lunches for employees who cycle to work and leave their car at home.


Oban (BID4Oban)

  • Oban will launch it’s “Wheelie Friendly Town” project: The purpose is to create a cycle friendly environment for both visitors and locals alike. The event will include, seminars for business and employees explaining the benefits of cycle to work, adult cycle training to encourage re-engagement with cycling, safety checks for cycles, two publicly accessible outdoor maintenance standstraining of employees eg Calmac in bike ‘triage’, electric vehicle demonstration to tie in with the annual ‘Motorfest’ 18th September. In keeping with some of the core objectives of both European Mobility week and Transport Scotland regarding cycling, the vision for this project is to springboard a year of activities encouraging cycling in the town and to embed ‘Oban, a Wheelie Friendly Town’. This will help with summer traffic congestion and related parking issues and the benefit business from increased cycling and pedestrian traffic.


Paisley First

  • As part of European Mobility Week, Paisley’s first sustainability event will be held in and around County Square on Saturday, 24th September, 2016 from 12 - 4pm. This Paisley First event is designed to encourage people to think about smart and sustainable mobility. There are benefits to both the public and private sector, and from society at large to the individual. Sustainable mobility is an investment for the future.

    Cycling is central to this unique event, but even if you’re not a keen bike enthusiast, there’ll be something for all the family. For youngsters, Smiley Train arrives into Gilmour Street and there’s entertainment from the world class Clan Stuntsmen, whose stunt riders are going to battle for supremacy in a series of nail-biting challenges in County Square.

    We’ll have free bike servicing for those who come into the town centre on their bike and the chance to win a £500 voucher redeemable at one of our local bike suppliers. Sustrans, Free Wheel North and Visit Scotland, as well as other local organisations will highlight the benefits of cycling and walking, and generally, living a more sustainable, healthier and happier life. There will also be a selection of environmentally friendly cars on display (Phoenix-Mitsubishi), as well as some more unusual forms of transport for all ages and abilities.


Penicuik First

  • “Gear up!”: Friday 16th September will see the 3Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team perform demonstrations throughout the day, offering public coaching and an obstacle-course challenge. Free cycle maintenance and training will be on offer. Two “led rides” will take place in Penicuik in 2016, one of which will form part of the “Gear Up” event. A range of road-, mountain- and e-bikes will be made available for public trial at no cost throughout the week. Finally, “Penicogs!” – a play on Penicuik’s Celtic name (Pen-Y-Cog, or “Hill of the Cuckoo”) - will be promoted prior to and throughout European Mobility Week. Visitors, social media registrants and other interested parties will be invited to attend a led cycle, which will form the closing event of the week-long event. Registrants going on to participate in the cycle will be entered in to a prize draw to win vouchers redeemable throughout Penicuik, for the purchase of a bicycle and/or accessories (subject to purchase evidence). The led cycle itself will not be a race, but rather a gentle cycle around Penicuik suitable for all ages and abilities. First prize: £200, second prize: £100, third prize: £50.


Queensferry Ambition

  • South Queensferry aim to raise awareness, challenge current perceptions of travel with businesses, residents and visitors and experiment with new pedestrian and cycling areas. A Traffic Free High Street would be created with a bus to collect would-be shoppers at pickup points throughout the town, engage with the local cyclist groups and walking groups as well as Dementia Friendly and make South Queensferry an enjoyable shopping / day out on the pedestrianised / cycle friendly High Street, street entertainment to provide a fun and friendly visitor environment and creation of picnic areas and encourage local businesses to participate in street food initiatives. As well as educational campaigns for residents and local businesses, Queensferry will also create cycle hire, a provision of local cycling and walking route maps, school involvement. A long-term aim is to use this event to lobby and pursue funding options for permanent, secure bike stands at strategic points along the High Street.


Shawlands Developing BID

  • The Glasgow Shawlands events on 17th-18th September will include bike servicing and workshops on the basics of bike maintenance. There will also be courses on building up bike confidence, commuting with confidence and urban rider as well as a children’s obstacle course. Shawlands BID are creating a cycle tourist trail, local to Shawlands including Pollok park, Holmwood House, Hidden gardens at the Tramway etc. encouraging visitors and residents to travel by sustainable transport while having a fun day out.  Walking maps will also be created from nearby residential areas such as Giffnock, Netherlee, Pollokshields Kings Park stating how many miles, how many steps, how many calories burned.  Encourage people to walk in, enjoy a coffee/scone, do some shopping and walk back to burn it all off.  This could become part of their health living routine, encouraging them to ditch the car and walk in.


BID St. Andrews

  • For European Mobility week, BID St Andrews are keen to involve, local businesses and students alike. European mobility week is around the same time as 7000 new students arrive in St Andrews. We will be offering free road cycle safety training to those students and locals. At these training sessions we will also be teaching people the social, economic, environmental and personal benefits of choosing more sustainable modes of transport. We will provide free high visibility vests. We will be providing businesses, visitors and students with booklets detailing the positive effects that choosing more sustainable modes of transport have on local communities. Within these booklets will also be details of the local car share site along with a information about the benefits of reducing car use the within town. We will launch the Hamish Foundation Royal sites walking app. Information on how access to the app will be in the afore mentioned booklets that will be given to the public and will create a lasting legacy for the town in terms of alternative ways for visitors to make their way around St Andrews.