Have your say about River Ness developments outside Eden Court on Saturday 9th

The Highland Council and Sustrans are developing an active travel network for Inverness. The project will create a network of high quality walking and cycling routes through and across the city, encouraging sustainable travel, promoting community wellbeing, creating safer places for people and stimulating economic growth.

erz Landscape Architects are working with the Highland Council and Sustrans to create a Design Guide for the network. The Design Guide will shape the look and feel of the routes, including the design of wayfinding elements and the identity and branding for the network. Over the next few months they will be running a series of Community Activity Days, each focussing on a different route in the network. The Activity Days are an opportunity for you to get involved with the changes, don’t miss your chance to take part and have your say!

“We are really excited to be contributing to such an ambitious and visionary project which tackles key issues for the future of cities; sustainable travel and community wellbeing. The Activity Days will be a fantastic opportunity for people to come and tell us their thoughts and explore in different ways how the proposals will have a positive impact in Inverness. We look forward to meeting you soon.”

erz Director Felicity Steers 

The River Ness will be home to a key route in the network and is the focus of the first Community Activity Day on Saturday 19th October. Three free events will be running through the day at key locations along the river, we hope to see you there!

Pop-up picnic, outside at Eden Court, 10am – 3pm

Drop-in for free tea and cake at our pop-up picnic. Take a look at proposals for the riverside active travel route, talk to us about how the proposals can create a safer, healthier and more sustainable Inverness and let us know your thoughts! 


Postcard Making Workshop at Bught Park, opposite Inverness Crazy Golf, 1pm-3pm

Drop-in for a family friendly postcard making workshop at Bught Park. Choose your riverside scene, have fun cutting and collaging our design proposals and talk to us about what makes the river such a special part of Inverness.   

Walking Workshop starting from the Botanic Gardens at 11am

Join us for a relaxed morning walk down the river, tell us about accessibility challenges in the area and hear how the proposed active travel network can provide opportunities for accessibility improvements. Starting from the Botanic Gardens we will walk up the river for around an hour, finishing at the pop-up picnic at Eden Court for free tea and cake. 

For more information about the Inverness Active Travel network and to comment on the proposals, visit:


For more information about the event on Saturday 19th October, email:


WE'RE HIRING! The Velocity Cafe is looking for an experienced Cafe Manager

Café Manager


Velocity is an award-winning social enterprise working to promote healthy, happy lifestyles through its vibrant vegetarian café, bicycle workshop and community cycling projects. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic can-do person to join our team as Café Manager.


You will have both catering and management experience, with a passion for creating fresh, nourishing and inspiring vegetarian food. You will be expected to create and stick to budgets, meet targets and develop strategies for growth. 


The Velocity Café is a welcoming and comfortable space serving a range of healthy, vegetarian food, excellent coffee and cake. The café is busiest during breakfast, brunch and lunch with a range of evening events being held driving customers to the venue.


The café kitchen has recently been refurbished with capacity to deliver a wider menu and therefore we are looking for someone who can develop and drive the café forward.


Responsibilities include:


•          Full responsibility for the effective operation of the café

•          Direct line management responsibility for all café staff

•          Prepare food and train café staff to assist with the preparation and delivery of food and beverages to

the consistently high standard required

•          Develop creative and inviting menus, which are costed appropriately

•          Ensure efficient ordering and effective stock control, minimizing waste

•          Monitor income and expenditure, report to the Board on financial performance and develop and stick

to budgets and targets

•          Ensure compliance with all applicable health and safety, fire and food hygiene standards

•          Ensure the cafe is a friendly and inviting place that welcomes customers, provides prompt service and

good quality food and beverages


The role is full time, with attractive working hours of 35 hours per week, five days in seven. Salary is dependent on experience.


If you get what Velocity is about and have the experience and passion to manage and develop the café, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us your CV and a brief paragraph on why you would like to join the Velocity team.

Applications should be sent to the Board of Directors at board@velocitylove.co.uk

Closing date: 12th September 2019

Our lovely Go ByCycle team is expanding! Fancy joining us?

Our lovely Go ByCycle team is expanding! Due to more funding from Paths for All and Smarter Choices Smarter Places we are now looking for a second person to join our Go ByCycle team.

Working with two High Schools in and around Inverness and their feeder primary schools, you’ll support these schools to become better at active travel and be healthier and happier places.


To apply please write a supporting letter detailing how your skills, experiences and personality match the job description (detailed below) and send it with your CV to ferga@velocitylove.co.uk
Closing date for applications: 9am on Friday 5th July 2019

Interviews on Thursday 11th July 2019

Project Aim

To create a culture of active travel (cycling, scooting and walking) in schools promoting safer, happier and healthier communities.

Job Description

  • To deliver the GoByCycle project to two High School and its associated primary schools (comprising one cluster) in Inverness, to promote, encourage and support active travel (cycling, scooting and walking) to and from school and for independent journeys in leisure time

  • To aim to address the drop off in cycling in the transition from primary schools to secondary schools and to support girls to cycle in similar numbers to boys

  • To support staff and volunteers promoting active travel within the school community


  1. To promote active travel (cycling, scooting and walking) across two secondary schools and their associated primary schools

  2. To consult with pupils to develop a range of activities which will engage pupils during the transition from primary to secondary school

  3. To plan and deliver a range of sessions specifically aimed at girls to increase the numbers of girls riding bikes, but not to the exclusion of working with boys too

  4. To plan, implement and deliver a mix of practical sessions, lesson based sessions, promotional events, competitions, rides, groups, and roles (eg Bike Champions) which encourage and increase rates of active travel

  5. To support schools to develop creative ways to reward people for choosing active travel

  6. To undertake regular consultation with pupils, teachers, volunteers and the school community to assess the successes and learning points of the project, implement changes as needed and to monitor impact of what is being done

  7. To deliver Bikeability 1 and 2 training to school children to increase their confidence and ability to cycle safely on roads, and to recruit volunteers to ensure continuation of training where possible once the post has ended

  8. To deliver Dr Bike and maintenance sessions to children and adults to teach them the basics of bike maintenance

  9. To work collaboratively with the rest of the Velocity Team, sharing resources, equipment and learning

  10. To share information within the Velocity team, on Facebook, online and through other avenues

  11. To work closely with partners (the Highland Council’s Road Safety team, Sustrans and other partners) to share best practice and learning

  12. To monitor project expenditure on a monthly basis and ensure the project delivers its aims within budget

  13. To ensure that all activity is risk assessed, is delivered safely and complies with Velocity’s Policies and Procedures

  14. To compile progress reports on a 3 monthly basis for the Board of Velocity

  15. To carry out other duties as required

Skills & Experience:


  • Passionate about the benefits cycling can bring to people and want to widen access to this

  • Previous experience of working positively with groups, and particularly young people

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and gather a positive team around you

  • Excellent communicator

  • Good project building with previous experience of delivering sessions to groups

  • Ability to monitor the effectiveness of services offered and tailor this to the needs of the people involved

  • Ability to work positively and effectively in a small team

  • Driving licence

  • Computer literate


  • Excellent working knowledge of bicycles and high skill level of bike maintenance

  • Bikeability Instructor trained

  • Cycle Ride Leader/ Cycle Trainer Plus trained

Remuneration & Other Details

Salary: £11.50 per hour (£20,930 pro rata)

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract length: Fixed term contract to end June 2020 (with possible extension dependent on funding)

Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata