ON YOUR BIKE
Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s Bike Town initiative is gathering speed as the initiative continues to grow.
Run by the Healthy ‘ n’ Happy community development trust, in July 2014, CamGlen Bike Town celebrated its official launch with its Bike Tower event in Cambuslang Park. Cyclists came from far and wide to hang their bikes on the five metre sculpture, created by Scottish artist Rob Mulholland.
Since then the initiative has developed and grown, offering a range of activities and services in support of ‘everybody cycling’ in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Guided rides are weekly easy-paced rides for adults new to cycling, returning to cycling or people who want to cycle with a group at a leisurely pace.
As the temperatures have risen so have the numbers attending these and a warm welcome is given to all new participants. Every Wednesday a growing pack of cyclists gather at the meeting point on Cambuslang Road, some eager to build their skills and confidence on a bike, some to enjoy the social nature of the activity and some to enjoy guilt-free cake during the rest-stop as a reward.
Bike Town also provide guided rides suitable for adults with children, although those interested in attending don’t need to bring a child to participate. To date there have been 10 familyfriendly rides organised, two more on offer in May and June and further dates will be organised for the school summer holidays.
Dr Bike events provide cyclists with the opportunity of a free ‘check-up’ for their bike and Bike Town’s resident mechanic has been busy attending a range of events and locations, including schools, fairs and commuter routes.
Dr Bike has so- far examined an impressive 228 bikes, providing essential safety checks and basic maintenance helping local people to continue to benefit from the joys of cycling.
A recent programme of free bicycle maintenance classes have sold out and will be back by popular demand in the autumn.
In the meantime Fix Your Own Bike workshops will be offered throughout the summer, offering workshop space, tools and guidance from a trained mechanic to enable people to fix their bikes themselves, reducing the cost of bicycle repairs.
Bike Town now have their own premises, a converted shipping container, on Cambuslang Road, which is open two days a week for bicycle repairs
The wheel deal The proposed site for a national cycling centre in Cambuslang, on disused ground near to the old Hoover factory