About Annie


Annie is currently working for Sustrans in Edinburgh. Kathy Bashford is delivering Pedal&Scoot.

I have loved cycling since childhood; playing out in the back yard, cycling round the block, gradually cycling further & further away from home and becoming more independent.

As teenagers, my brother and I would take off on our bikes for a few miles around the quiet lanes from Lancaster, through Caton and Littledale; this is still my favourite doorstep ride. After leaving school, I cycled with my mum through the Outer Hebrides. I commuted by bike to university in Leeds, and have arrived at workplaces under my own steam for years. My partner and I recently pedalled 450 miles from Carlisle to Inverness, which we found exhausting yet addictive, and would do it again tomorrow!

I set up Pedal & Scoot in 2013 and feel very lucky to be inspiring others to cycle. I have 14 years’ experience of delivering and managing school and community projects for environmental organisations; TCV, Peak District National Park, Earth Trust and Sustrans. In addition, I have a PGCE in primary education, and I am a qualified National Standard Cycling Instructor.

I enjoy working with people of all ages, and running Pedal & Scoot allows me to combine this with my passion for the outdoors and for promoting health and well-being.  I am a patient, fun and approachable teacher, and always make sure that people are challenged at their own level. I adapt my teaching strategies to develop a rapport, make people feel at ease, and build confidence. I believe that it’s never to late to learn to ride.  I have been told that I work miracles when helping people to cycle for the first time! Don’t just take my word for it – see what Pedal & Scoot participants have said in the case studies.



The big wide world

"The great majority of us first learn to ride as a child, the bicycle a type of 'transitional object', taking us away to really explore the bigger world for the first time out of the sight of our parents, our first real taste of independence and freedom. It's the symbolic moment when horizons broaden, possibilities open up; you are moving under your own power, controlling where you want to go."

– Mike Carter 'One Man and His Bike'

Ready Pedal Go!