Plea to get on your bike in towns

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A na­tional project en­cour­ag­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to cy­cle for ev­ery­day jour­neys is com­ing to Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen.

The Big Bike Re­vival, an award­win­ning pro­gramme de­vel­oped by Cy­cling UK and funded by Trans­port Scot­land, helps peo­ple in Scot­land to bring their bikes back into use by pro­vid­ing bike health checks, shar­ing main­te­nance knowhow and giv­ing peo­ple more con­fi­dence in the sad­dle.

Part­nered by 100 com­mu­nity groups and bi­cy­cle re­cy­cling cen­tres across the coun­try, the Big Bike Re­vival aims to reach thou­sands of peo­ple to en­cour­age them to get cy­cling again and to re­place short car jour­neys with the bike.

CamGlen Bike Town in Ruther­glen has been awarded Big Bike Re­vival fund­ing to de­liver ac­tiv­i­ties in the local com­mu­nity.

Events in­clude guided rides, go fur­ther Thurs­days, bike main­te­nance and an open day all of which are free to ac­cess.

Par­tic­i­pants will get the chance to en­joy bike rides through the streets with other cy­clists and a trained ride leader, learn how to fix their bikes un­der the watch­ful eye of Bike Town’s ex­pert me­chan­ics or take a trip down to the com­mu­nity cy­cling project’s new premises.

Nick Watt, mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for Camglen Bike Town said:“The Big Bike Re­vival is a great op­por­tu­nity to get a real taste about what Bike Town can of­fer and ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits cy­cling has to of­fer.

“As a com­mu­nity cy­cling ini­tia­tive we are al­ways try­ing to pro­mote how awesome cy­cling can be not just for the in­di­vid­ual but also in terms of how it can foster a real sense of com­mu­nity spirit. Mov­ing into our new bike shop is cer­tainly a tes­ta­ment to that.”

Trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said:“I am de­lighted that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is once again sup­port­ing The Big Bike Re­vival in Scot­land this year.

“This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple across the coun­try to give those old bikes sit­ting in the shed a new lease of life by re-dis­cov­er­ing the joys of cy­cling.

“I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go along to their near­est event and take part in the var­i­ous projects that will be run­ning over the next two months.

“Cy­cling is a won­der­ful way to keep fit and healthy and to spend time in our great out­doors.”

There are hun­dreds of events and ac­tiv­i­ties planned across the na­tion. To find Big Bike Re­vival events in Cam­bus­lang & Ruther­glern, visit www. big­bik­ere­vival.org.uk

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