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…

Cycling a Path Weaved in Willow Art: Episode 1

With the official support of Sustrans this project was given the green light and our plan was kicked into action. The idea, to create willow installations of deer, people and bicycles, scattering them around the shelter belt at the start of the St Andrews to Guardbridge cycle path.
Hands-On Harvesting First things first, we set off to Angus – including Carnoustie, Brechin and Arbroath – overRead More…

Tax on Aviation fuel and Carbon offsets

In the 1940’s international transport was still dominated by coal-burning steam trains and oil-burning ocean liners. Air travel was still in its infancy, so to promote it, tax on aviation fuel was deemed exempt through the International Convention on Civil Aviation (ICAO, Chicago, 1944, Article 24). Now, over 70 years later, when air travel is the dominant form of international and domestic travelRead More…

Buy a D-Lock and Protect Your Bike!

Fife Community Police has reported that two bikes a week are being stolen from St Andrews at present! Community Police Officer Larna Fox Cowan is urging students to lock up their bike, as well as continue to use your lights and wear bright clothing. She joined Transition again this month outside the Students Association in a Bike Light event to draw attention to the fact that it is not onlRead More…

Electric cars; the future?

  The average car in the UK produces over 2 tonnes of CO2 per annum and as the Scottish Government has set a goal to reduce carbon emission by 50% by 2025 and by 80% by 2050, there is an urgent push to replace petrol and diesel cars and trucks with electric or hydrogen ones (zero emissions). In addition exhaust emissions also included carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate sooty maRead More…

Transition to develop Cycle Trainers and Bike Mechanics

Transition University St Andrews are offering some cyclists the chance to become a fully qualified Bike Mechanic or a Bikeability/Cycle Leader free of charge. In a bid to gain new volunteers for the carbon cutting organisation’s bike hire scheme, Bike Pool, we are asking a small number of cyclists to commit to helping out at cycle events in return for a place in the fantastic top class cycle coRead More…

Shared Path Stories

Crail to St Andrews Shared Path In November, we met with Kirsty Weir – owner of Beach House Walk self-catering accommodation in Crail. Included in the facilities are 8 bikes with helmets and cycle-maps that Kirsty has made available for visitors to use. We were keen to find out more about what had motivated Kirsty to include bikes in her business, and how visitors has responded. And as wRead More…

Community Police Officer Larna Fox-Cowan joined myself from Transition University of St Andrews and my lit up bike outside the Student Union last night, alongside Union Representative, Ishbel Duncan, Alex Clark and Anya Kaufman from St Andrews University Environment Team Environment Team University of St Andrews and Cara Nicholson from Community Relations Team St Andrews Community Relations.
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Cycle Path Lighting Survey

Hi! Current work conducted by Transition University of St Andrews is exploring local stakeholder demand for better cycling infrastructure on campus and between the town and surrounding areas. Could you spare a minute of your time to answer 4 questions regarding cycling infrastructure at the below link? Should you wish to propose any further comments or queries, please feel free to use theRead More…

Public Consultation on Lade Braes Path Upgrade

As a part of this local community do you reckon the Lade Braes path needs change? And if so, what exactly? In partnership with SUSTRANS, Fife council are taking on the task of improving the Lade Braes walk to improve its multi-use accessibility. But not without your say! If this is something that interests you then don’t miss out on an opportunity to voice your opinion. This can be done by eRead More…

Year in Review: Sustainable Transport

As we write our end of financial year reports, Lara reflects on the sustainable transport achievements of the past year. We thought we would publish her thoughts to give you an idea of what goes on in the life of a Transition project worker. Thank you to all of the volunteers and partners that made these achievements a reality, we couldn’t do it without you! Here is what she had to say… ApRead More…

Car Club and Cycle Routes

For six weeks in July and August, I have been interning for Transition. My project was to create two reports: one on the potential expansion of the current electric car club in St Andrews, and another analysing cycle routes and infrastructure across St Andrews. For the report on a car club expansion, the first stage was to read other feasibility studies done for different areas, to assess how tRead More…