Bike Week Scotland 2009 - Danny MacAskill Inspired Bicycles
The wheel deal
As Bike Week rolls into town this fortnight, organisers encourage the public to re-discover the power of their wheels
The UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event kicks off this issue, promoting the idea of communities bandying together to get fit and have fun. With Bike Week 2009, organisers are encouraging everyone to ‘get more out of life’.
To help kickstart the cycling habit, National Bike Week, which begins on 13 June and runs until 21 June, is set to celebrate all things two wheels with a string of community based events, alongside the idea of getting out and exploring your local area.
Local events include a pamper session for your bike and free buffet breakfast at Spokes City of Edinburgh Bike Breakfast. Edinburgh Bicycle will be on hand to provide the TLC your bike may need to get it back on the road.
In the capital, Edinburgh’s fourth Bike Week Film Festival is also involved, offering a special programme of films. Highlights include Home by Mark Huskisson, which mixes landscapes and Mountain Biking. Previously held over two weekends, the festival will now be concentrated over four days. Other films include the five-minute YouTube hit, Danny MacAskill’s Inspired Bicycles.
Filmed over a period of a few months in and around Edinburgh by Dave Sowerby, the short film sees team rider Danny MacAskill perform an incredible trial of street/street trials.
Film fans can also enjoy Boy and Bicycle, Ridley Scott’s first outing into filmmaking, made initially on a budget of £65 using a Bolex 16mm cine-camera, borrowed from the Royal College of Art in London where Scott was a student. Documentary Klunterz, about a group of hippie cyclist pioneers will also be shown.
The Bike Week Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Thu 11–Sun 14 Jun, www.bicyclefilmfestival.info Bike Breakfast, The Quadrangle, City Chambers, Edinburgh, 17 Jun.