Cy­cling ini­tia­tive is still on track

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

and ser­vic­ing, bi­cy­cle dona­tions and sales.

For sale are re­fur­bished do­nated bikes, for all ages and sizes, with stock con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing, and cy­cling essen­tials, spare and re­place­ment parts. The Bike Shop in a Box also pro­vides the meet­ing point for most of the guided rides, at which loan bikes are avail­able to peo­ple living or work­ing in Cam­bus­lang or Ruther­glen.

Healthy ‘n’ Happy’s ra­dio sta­tion, CamGlen Ra­dio is now live on air at 107.9FM and Bike Town have their very own show ev­ery Wed­nes­day 1-2pm.

Lis­ten in for live chat, in­ter­views, all the lat­est lo­cal and na­tional cy­cling news, as well as funky beats that are not all cy­cling-themed! Send your re­quests to stu­dio@cam­glen­ra­dio.org.

Mean­while, plans to cre­ate a new Clyde Walk­way and Cy­cle Path were re­cently looked at in a fea­si­bil­ity study, funded by Trans­port Scot­land. This was car­ried out on the po­ten­tial of a cy­cle path on the south side of the river Clyde from Cam­bus­lang Bridge to Dal­marnock Bridge and is in its fi­nal draft stage.

Healthy ‘n’ Happy has been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing £ 51,500 in fund­ing in part­ner­ship with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to de­liver a be­hav­iour change cam­paign called “I walk and cy­cle be­cause…”

Bike Town’s in­volve­ment will in­clude: com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, pop up events with a cargo bike and a mar­ket­ing cam­paign. Pop up events will take place be­tween June and Oc­to­ber.

Mean­while, Bike Week will run from Satur­day, June 13-Sun­day, June 21. ‘Ev­ery­day cy­cling for ev­ery­one’ is the theme of this year’s Bike Week, a na­tional ini­tia­tive pro­mot­ing cy­cling as an ac­tiv­ity for every­body, be it for fun, fit­ness, trans­port or health.

CamGlen also want to get every­body cy­cling and have a range of cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer dur­ing Bike Week to suit ev­ery­one, young and old, begin­ners and sea­soned cy­clists.

Bike Town’s pro­gramme be­gins on Fri­day, June 12, with a guided ride around the an­cient bound­ary of Ruther­glen, in cel­e­bra­tion of Lan­de­mar Day tak­ing place the next day. The Bike Town team have been work­ing hard with Ruther­glen Her­itage So­ci­ety to iden­tify the route, which was pre­vi­ously rid­den on horse­back for the Red­ding of the Marches.

This year, in­stead of horses, par­tic­i­pants will travel by bi­cy­cle in pur­suit of sight­ings of the re­main­ing bound­ary stones which at one time num­bered around 300.

Dr Bike will be out and about do­ing bi­cy­cle safety checks and mi­nor re­pairs. Pupils of St Brides pri­mary school can get a Dr Bike con­sul­ta­tion at their fun day on June 15.

Mean­while cy­cle com­muters can get their bikes treated by Dr Bike, and a free break­fast, from 7.30-9.30am on June 16 and 17 at Bike Break­fast events in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

If you’d pre­fer to fix your bike your­self there is a Fix Your Own Bike Work­shop at 6pm on June 15 at Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can brush up on your on-road cy­cling skills on a Cy­cle Skills Guided Ride, leav­ing from West and Ward­lawhill Church at 6.30pm on the same date. Spa­ces are limited on both ac­tiv­i­ties so con­tact the Bike Town team to book your place.

Guided rides will also take place on Wed­nes­day, June 17, and Fri­day, June 19. Both meet at 10am at Bike Town’s Shop in a Box at 78 Cam­bus­lang Road.

The weekly Wed­nes­day event is an easy-paced cy­cle ride suit­able for new and re­turn­ing cy­clists.

The Fri­day ride aims to go a bit fur­ther and faster to stretch the legs and stamina. Both in­clude a rest stop, with time for tea/cof­fee and ev­ery cy­clist’s favourite - cake!

The Bike Town team will also be pro­mot­ing cy­cling at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions dur­ing Bike week, in­clud­ing Lan­de­mer Day on June 13, Burn­side Pri­mary School on June 18th and Sum­mer­fest on June 20.

The Bike Town show on CamGlen Ra­dio, 107.9FM, on Wed­nes­day, June 17, fea­tur­ing lo­cal and na­tional cy­cling news, in­for­ma­tion on events, in­ter­views and funky mu­sic.

Jim Ewing, the Bike Town devel­op­ment worker and res­i­dent ra­dio pre­sen­ter, also makes an ap­pear­ance in a new video from Cy­cling Scot­land pro­mot­ing Bike Week 2015. This video can be viewed on the Cy­cling Scot­land web­site.

Bike Town con­tinue their re­cently re­ported new ven­ture sup­port­ing Pedal for Scot­land. The yearly event takes place this year on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6. Bike Town are of­fer­ing monthly guided train­ing rides to help peo­ple build up their miles on their bike in prepa­ra­tion of the main event, the Clas­sic Chal­lenge’ a 47mile cy­cle ride from Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh.

The next guided train­ing ride is a 30 mile route on Sun­day, June 7, meet­ing at the Bike Shop in a Box at 9am. The routes will in­clude on-road cy­cling, so you should be pre­pared for some cy­cling on the roads. Hills are to be ex­pected, but there is no need to sprint up them, they can be tack­led at your own pace. Over­all av­er­age pace will be around 10-12 mph. Each train­ing ride is led by qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced ride lead­ers.

To con­tact Bike Town email bike­town@ healthyn­happy. org. uk or call the of­fice on 0141 646 0123 or you can reg­is­ter for Pedal for Scot­land at http:// ped­al­forscot­land.org/

Mean­while, ear­lier this year, the Re­former re­vealed plans were be­ing drawn up for a Na­tional Cy­cle Cen­tre at an area in Cam­bus­lang known as Site 22.

Healthy ‘n’ Happy and Bike Town con­tinue to work closely with Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, East Kil­bride Road Club, South La­nark­shire Leisure and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to bring Scot­land’s first Cy­cle Rac­ing Track to Cam­bus­lang.

Early signs are the site iden­ti­fied is look­ing fea­si­ble and work is cur­rently un­der­way to iden­tify fund­ing to pay for a full fea­si­bil­ity study.

Jane Churchill, Healthy ‘n’ Happy as­sis­tant direc­tor, added: “Healthy ‘n’ Happy is very pleased to be work­ing along­side Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, lo­cal cy­cling clubs and wider part­ners to bring this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to Cam­bus­lang.

“It will be a long jour­ney and lots of hard work for all those in­volved but we have a strong, com­mit­ted part­ner­ship and I am sure that will en­able us to bring this devel­op­ment to the area, along with the jobs, op­por­tu­ni­ties and wide range of other eco­nomic benefits.”

CamGlen Bike Town is funded by the Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund, Clyde Gate­way and Cy­cling Scot­land.

The great out­doors CamGlen Bike Town aims to get cy­clists of all ages back on their bikes through a num­ber of ini­tia­tives

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