Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

What is the science of cycling? A site highlighting the mechanical, scientific and human aspects of cycling. From types of tyres and aerodynamics through to how your muscles work.  And if you want the inspiration to participate in cycling as a sport have a look at the British Cycling site.


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The Scottish Household Survey for 2009 has just been published by National Statistics.  This includes a survey of sports participation in Scotland.  

The sports participation statistics start on page 149 of the report, and show that the most popular sport is “walking for recreational purposes”, with 54% of the Scottish population undertaking this in the four weeks prior to the survey.  The next most popular sports were swimming (18%) and keep fit/aerobics (12%).

The Scottish Household Survey also gives information about sports participation broken down by age, gender, and level of deprivation.  Read more about the Scottish Household Survey on the UWS Government Publications Blog.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments have recently published a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include: 

Sport Studies 

Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 

This Scottish Government plan “aims to provide a framework to help create an environment which is attractive, accessible and safe for cycling.” 

Biological Sciences/Environmental Science 

The Honey Bee Health Strategy 

Scottish Government plan about achieving a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland. 

Tackling diffuse water pollution in England [link goes to PDF file] 

Environment Agency report on tackling diffuse pollution in England’s water bodies.  Diffuse pollution is caused by contaminants from “dispersed sources, such as agricultural land and road run-off”. 


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