Author Archives: Morag


About Morag

My name is Mo and I'm an ambassador for the The Bike Station's Innertube Map. I cover stories, events, path problems and issues along the map routes, in particular the Orange Line, which is an off-road cycle/ scooter route through Leith and Portobello. I'm actually happier on water than on land, so I spend as much time as possible in Portobello's handmade skiffs, learning to navigate the coastline.

Cycling to Antarctica

Mentioned in the BBC news magazine today, plans to cycle across part of the antarctic to reach the south pole, using a specially designed snow bike for as much of the journey as possible. Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is hoping to become the …


Cycling on steel flower wheels

Continuing the theme of cycling innovations, have a look at these metal flower wheels: The naturally sprung properties of tempered steel, bolted in tension, gives a natural yield or “softness”–to build a bike with wheels made of sprung steel.To a…


Technology: wireless bike brakes

This news on the development of wireless brakes caught my attention, though they turned out to be for powered bicycles. For those rare riders of dynamo bicycles (and I can think of two living on the Portobello stretch of the orange line) this may …


International cycling hazards

Intrepid cycling explorer and novelist Mark Beaumont shared this cycling hazard link from Sean Coway this morning. The hazard may not be quite as high a risk here in Edinburgh, but I thought you’d like to see it. Scotland does have large (ish) num…


Musical GPS for Stockholm cyclists

I spotted this in the New Scientist last week. A smartphone app called ‘Oh music. Where are thou?’ has been developed in Stockholm to help cyclists find their way around the city. They navigate by listening to music that appears to be emanating fr…


Things to do in Portobello this weekend

This weekend brings a double whammy of village fairs in Portobello. On Saturday in Brighton Park, PEDAL’s organic market celebrates its first anniversary. As well as the usual tempting stalls of locally grown or made produce, there will be a pedal…


Edinburgh Mela on Leith Links this weekend

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3nd and Sunday 4th September see the return of the Mela , a festival of multicultural community multimedia. There will be live music, dance, fashion, food, theatre and stalls from around the world for the 17th year of this loc…


Holyrood Park fun dog day Sunday 21st from 11am

For those of you in the city with a canine in tow, there will be a party for them too this weekend. Sunday 21st August, 11am until 3pm on the playing fields next to the palace. Holyrood Park Rangers will host Holyrood Park’s annual fun dog show as…