Author Archives: Tom Allan

Tom Allan

About Tom Allan

Hello. My name is Tom Allan, and I'm a multimedia and journalist based in Edinburgh. I specialize in radio production and teach social media skills to community groups and charities. I'm currently co-ordinating the Innertube map ambassadors as part of a city-wide citizen journalism project.

Protest tomorrow demands double in active travel budget

Thousands of 1ft tall people call for climate action - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - 22nd April 2009.

Pedestrians and cyclists will gather outside the Scottish Government’s offices at St Andrews House, Edinburgh at lunchtime on Wednesday 30th October to call on John Swinney MSP, the Scottish Minister in charge of the Budget, to double the funding available for cycling and walking. Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s climate change emissions. This [...]

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Pedal powered screening at the Botanics – A Thirsty World

There is an interactive pedal powered screening of A Thirsty World at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh at 7:30pm tonight, part of this year’s Take One Action Film Festival. The film sees acclaimed ariel photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand, who created the incredible book The Earth from the Air, revisiting some of the world’s great water [...]

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Introducing the Travelling Tales project

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Travelling Tales is a new project being launched across Scotland which will challenge six people to switch to a greener, cleaner form of transport – be it walking, cycling, skating, rollerblading, or going by bus or train. We’re looking for six people from around the country who already have some social media skills, and who [...]

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Innertube Map stencils

Innertube Stencil

We had an exciting delivery at the Innertube Map office yesterday – some lazer cut plywood stencils of bike logos and arrows, which I am hoping to use to help people find their way onto some of the harder to find Innertube routes. The idea is to use clean graffiti techniques, in which you clean [...]

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Babes on bikes at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

There’s still two days left to go of the first Edinburgh Festival of Cycling – and they’ve saved some of the best events till last, including a load of events today particularly aimed at female bike fans. Yes, today there is a special series of events for velo loving ladies called Heels on Wheels (I’d [...]

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Old railway line plans to be debated

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A meeting in Shandon tonight will discuss whether to develop and improve an old railway line that could allow direct access to Harrison Park and the Union Canal for the Flower Colonies – but also for a controversial new housing development. The meeting, organised by Merchiston Community Council, will hear whether locals want to see [...]

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Edinburgh Council accused of ignoring Leith Walk consultation

The award-winning environmental community campaign group Greener Leith have published a story today accusing Edinburgh City Council of “entirely ignoring” the detailed consultation on the future of Leith Walk, in which local people, businesses and community groups had expressed their support for safe cycle lanes and better pedestrian facilities. In a broad-side against the Labour-SNP administration, the article says [...]

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Comment – Make Edinburgh safe for cyclists

The news over the weekend that a driver responsible for the deaths of two cyclists in Edinburgh had received only 300 hours of community service and a five year driving ban has been met with widespread anger and disbelief. 49 year old Gary McCourt, who killed a 22 year old student in 1986 through careless [...]

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