Why Cycle?

Prof Chris Oliver @CyclingSurgeon on Twitter Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine: saves you money, gets you fit and helps the environment. Cycling is easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. It helps you get into shape and build your cardiovascular fitness. Exercising for at least 150 minutes every week helps yRead More…

New Post: Campus Cycling Officer

Are you passionate about changing peoples travel habits and supporting healthy, low carbon living? Transition UStA is once again teaming up with Cycling Scotland and Bright Green Business to offer a post of Campus Cycling Officer. The post is flexible and suited to recent graduates as a full time position or current students with flexible hours for the right candidate. Applications Close: 23 SRead More…

My Carbon Footprint

Working in Transition University of St Andrews, our job is to try and persuade folk to get out of cars and walk and cycle more, to improve their health and well-being using recycled bikes (eg. Bike Pool), to eat locally produced food instead of consuming imported food with high carbon miles (eg. Edible Campus), and despite Landfill Tax, to try and prevent items being trashed like tools (eg. Tool Read More…

St Andrews – an ideal City for the future?

With another couple of car-free days coming up for St Andrews in August, I have been pondering what my ideal city would look like. We all, I’m sure, harbour thoughts and ideas of what an ideal city would look like; would it be cycle friendly, car-free with leafy parks, a good public transport system and wide boulevard pavements with street art and street markets and ready access to good retail Read More…

The Hydrogen Economy

With increasing evidence and media coverage on Climate Change and Global Warming brought on by anthropogenically produced CO2 in our atmosphere, we are well aware of the problems associated with the carbon economy, which is based on coal, oil and gas. But with what do we replace it? Electric power is great, but it is mostly still generated by burning hydrocarbons. If we could duplicate and harnesRead More…

Travelling towards a zero carbon St Andrews: an open meeting

We will be holding the second “Towards a Zero Carbon St Andrews” open action planning event on Tuesday 5th March at 5pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Scores. We are extending an invitation to residents and groups to consider “How can we travel smarter and more sustainably in the future?” With travel being a major contributor to climate change and also being one of the most resistant tRead More…

Urban cycling, public transport and changing cityscapes

Tired of eight mile back-ups? Sitting in a stationary car costs time, money and health, both mentally (frustration, road rage) and clinically (stress, disease). Vehicle pollution, including soot, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) cause lung and heart disease; according to the UN there are 7m premature deaths linked to air pollution globally per annum. 92m AmeriRead More…