ON YOUR BIKE

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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