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Scots inspire global event to make the world cycle-friendly

Scots inspire global event to make the world cycle-friendly

A group of Scottish entrepreneurs have made it their mission to help solve cycling problems around the world.

And it all started as a funny idea between friends over coffee.

Founded by Sarah Drummond (Glasgow), Johanna Holtan (Edinburgh) and Mathew Lowell (Vancouver), Cyclehack started off as a discursive event in Glasgow, Melbourne and Beirut, where people came up with ideas on how to make cities more cycle-friendly.

Returning this year from June 19 - 21, the event has geared up to be far greater than anyone expected, with similar events set in 30 countries around the world.

As well as hacks organised in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, almost every continent will be represented this year with events set for Sydney, Mexico, Cape Town and Bangalore.

The 2015 event promises to raise even more cycling awareness than ever, with international magazines like Tokyo By Bike organising events in their respective cities.

Cyclehack even picked up the prestigious Core77 Design for Social Impact Award for 2015, an accolade recognised by a global audience of industrial designers.

Founder Sarah Drummond said: "What Cyclehack has managed to do is bring people together who are normally quite separate.

"It's an event for hearing different people's perspectives, whether it's people developing better city infrastructures or making cycling look really fashionable or talks on why women matter in sport.

"What I really want it to achieve this year is to get people to see cycling problems from all perspectives, and voice honestly what the challenges are in a safe space."

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Cyclehack Glasgow

This year's Cyclehack will set up headquarters in Glasgow's SWG3 with a range of inspirational speakers booked for the Friday evening.

Speakers include Fran Millar, a founding member of professional cycling troupe Team Sky, Peter Leslie from Cycle Scotland, Green MSP Patrick Harvie and cycling commentator Bike Gob Glasgow.

As well as the hack itself on June 19, there will be a free movie screening, a Cyclehack faire, a barbecue and party, culminating in final hack presentations on the Sunday.

Food and drink will be provided by some of Glasgow's favourite restaurants including Where The Monkey Sleeps, Siempre Bicycle Cafe, Babu Bombay Street Kitchen and Bakery47.

But it's the innovation from bike lovers which remain at the heart of the event.

Ideas emerging from the 2014 Cyclehack included the brilliant Penny in Yo' Pants - a pitch that went viral after cyclists saw just how easy it is to cycle in a skirt.

Other ideas included built-in indicator lights for bicycles, pedestrian bike signs and a blind spot vinyl wrap for vehicles, letting cyclists know where they cannot be seen by other road users.

It's been a phenomenal year for the Cyclehack team, but they are determined not to rest on their saddles.

Going forward they will look to work with businesses around the world and further their online hack platform, where users can share ideas with cyclists everywhere.

Sarah said: "I'm surprised that such a small idea turned into a bit of a global movement, all these people are talking about it and I'm just so excited about it.

"We have even been approached by international companies in the USA who are interested in what we can work on together."

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Interested in going along? You can still buy tickets via the Cyclehack website.

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