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The 14th annual Cycling Scotland conference gathered in Dundee on the 5th and 6th of November. DCE representative Angela van der Kloof was there to champion Dutch cycling in her keynote speech on cycle education.

The conference was the opportunity to, in conference chairs Andrea Brymer’s words, “celebrate progress, discuss ongoing and newly emerging challenges, and plans for the future.”

Advocates, policymakers, consultants and cycling enthusiasts gathered in the impressive Caird Hall for the two-day event. On the first day, a range of study tours embarked around the city to see what Dundee has to offer in terms of attractions and active travel provisions. The city is proud of the recent urban regeneration of its waterfront, particularly the arrival of the impressive V&A museum on the banks of the river Tay. Groups also got chance to see a new cycle parking facility with space for 120 bikes at Dundee train station.

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During the second day, Angela took to the stage to share her experiences of teaching migrant women how to cycle in the Netherlands. Her inspiring talk looked at the demographic make-up of cyclists in the Nethrlands and displayed the power cycling can have in changing people’s daily lives. She shared the stage with local councillors, the Scottish transport secretary and academics, who discussed topics ranging from cycle advocacy, public health, local projects and research into near collisions. Breakout sessions in the afternoon focused on Scottish cycling, challenging delegates to think together about how to make cycling more accessible for communities throughout Scotland.

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Recently the Scottish government doubled their spending on active travel, which filled the conference with optimism and energy. Dundee hopes to install their first segregated cycle lanes in the near future and soon the city will launch an electric bike hire scheme. We hope to hear more about the progress Dundee and the rest of Scotland make with promoting cycling in the coming years.

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