Cycling Plus - - CYCLE TO WORK -

Gor­don Ste­wart is a work­place vol­un­teer in Glas­gow, en­cour­ag­ing and in­spir­ing his col­leagues to cy­cle to and from work

“I started work­ing with NHS Na­tional Ser­vices Scot­land three years ago now. I was al­ways a cy­cle com­muter and this new job al­lowed me to main­tain that. I loved in­spir­ing peo­ple in my work to get ac­tive and be­came a Sus­trans work­place vol­un­teer. A cou­ple of months into my role I suc­cess­fully ap­plied for fund­ing for a pool bike, which was matched by my di­rec­tor to give us two bikes for staff use. Now col­leagues can check the bike out for a ride when­ever they’re free, which has helped to en­cour­age even more peo­ple to take up cy­cling and start com­mut­ing to work by bike. More re­cently, a Sus­trans­funded Cy­cle Ride Leader course has al­lowed my­self and an­other col­league to be­come Lunchtime So­cial Cy­cle ride lead­ers. “Our build­ing has a Health Pro­mo­tion Group, this sum­mer we’ve taken groups out for a bike ride over lunchtime, we have se­cure bike park­ing, shower and locker fa­cil­i­ties and, more re­cently, dry­ing fa­cil­i­ties too. We’ve re­cently writ­ten to the coun­cil to re­quest that the one-way street be­hind our build­ing is given a con­traflow for bikes, this has been adopted and will soon be im­ple­mented.”

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