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Our First Town-Wide Secret Santa!

To end a turbulent year of radical ups and downs, December in St Andrews saw Transitions first (if not St Andrews first) town-wide Secret Santa! Linked to our St AndReuse project, the idea was for people to sign up sharing a sentence about themselves to help their secret Santa create the right gift for them. As much as possible we wanted people to embrace their creativity and make a gift from theRead More…

‘Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code’

Thanks to Tristan Sharman from the Green Film Festival for this piece. On Wednesday the 25th November, the Green Film Festival were invited into a collaboration with the University’s Film Studies Department and the Byre Theatre to host a discussion around their screening of Judith Helfand’s ‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’. The film, about the slow-motion disaster of inequality tRead More…

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Hedgehogs are one of Britain’s most iconic and popular mammals, but sadly they are experiencing significant population decline, with recent studies suggesting by up to 50% since the year 2000. As of July 2020, hedgehogs are officially listed as ‘Vulnerable to Extinction’ on Britain’s IUCN Red List. There are many reasons for this drastic reduction in numbers; environmental poisons, roRead More…

Mental Health Walks with Transition

Are you struggling with mental health, feeling isolated, or simply would like to go out into nature and connect with someone new? As an attempt to improve the community’s well-being during the pandemic we, as Transition volunteers, would like to take Freshers (or anyone who might be feeling down) on walks around St Andrews. The walks would be around one hour long and the routes would vary baRead More…

The Tree (Except Veg Bags) Slowing Down Over Winter

Winter is here and The Tree is set to slow down. Except for veg bags, which will continue throughout winter, the last day of orders is Sunday 6 December. The Tree will be completely open after the winter break and receiving orders again from Monday 18 January. Veg Bags are still on offer through the holidays – delivery only – no extra cost. If you are soon set to leave, you will be mRead More…

Review: Thrift Winter Clothing Sale

Any nerves about the tempermental Scottish weather spoiling the fun were quickly put to rest with what turned out to be a glorious Saturday (21 October 2020). This thrift sale with the clothes donated via St AndReuse was the first large face-to-face event we’ve managed to run this semester. And boy did it go down a treat! The people that attended were respectful and patient, our volunteerRead More…

Campus Cycling Officer? Who’s Tamzin Dewar?

Transition St Andrews is pleased to announce the addition of another full-time member of staff! Tamzin Dewar will be taking the role of Campus Cycling Officer with the general remit to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable travel option for staff and students. A keen bikepacker on a mission to share her passion find out a bit more about Tamzin and the role of CCO here. If you have any Read More…

Cycle Ride Leaders Leading the Way

On a cold and rainy Saturday in November, seven cycle enthusiasts embarked on a Cycle Ride Leader & Led Ride Assistant course (Cycling Scotland). Delivered by Kat Brown (of Cycling Solutions), the group undertook a variety of theory and practical sessions designed to turn a competent cyclist into a confident leader. Topics such as road positioning are further complicated by having to Read More…

Finding a Bike in St Andrews

St Andrews is a great place to cycle but whats the best way to get some wheels? Here are our top places to find a bike depending on your budget and how long you need a bike for. TimeOptionWhereDayRentalSpokesCycle PathE-Bike (University Staff Only)2Wheel CareMonthsRental – 1 to 12 monthsBike PoolYearsPurchase – Second HandFife Bike WorksCyclepathFife CyclesYearsPurchase = NewCyclepathSpokeRead More…

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…

Bike Pool Voluteers

Bike Pool is not only about reducing bike waste and getting people on bikes. It is about the love of bikes! Bike Pool rents out bikes, upskills people as mechanics and teaches people how to ride. There is a wealth of opportunity to get stuck in. Have you any bike maintenance skills?If not, would you like to learn how to fix and maintain a bike?Would you like to volunteers in bike maintenanRead More…