Plea to get on your bike in towns
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