Glasgow Wood Recycling, a thriving social enterprise based in Whiteinch, has recently achieved the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award by demonstrating a clear commitment to increasing cycling for staff, volunteers and trainees. Achieving the award was made possible with funding from the Cycle Friendly Employer Development Fund.

Glasgow Wood Recycling was assessed against a range of criteria – they have a cycling champion, they have improved their cycling facilities including installing a new cycle shelter (made from recycled wood!), bought tools and a bike stand, bought a pool bike and have undertaken bike maintenance training. All clearly demonstrating that they fully deserved this Award.

Glasgow Wood Recycling is the 153rd workplace in Glasgow to achieve the award and they join over 525 Cycle Friendly Employers throughout Scotland. In addition, Glasgow Wood Recycling entered a team into the recent Glasgow and Clyde Cycle Challenge which took place throughout May. The team finished second overall cycling over 4000kms and one of the GWR team finished third in the individual standings, cycling nearly 1200km!

Glasgow Wood Recycling also promotes cycling in the local community by working with De’ils On Wheels community bike workshop and being in involved in the We Go Pedal project to promote and encourage more people to cycle. Both projects are run by local environmental charity Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET). A Bike Breakfast was recently held in the Barclay Curle complex to promote cycling and walking to the other businesses in the complex and to celebrate Glasgow Wood’s achievements.

Eileen Hamill, Development Worker and Cycle Champion at Glasgow Wood Recycling said,

“We are delighted to get this Award and it’s a great way to start Bike Week. We’d encourage other employers to get involved with the scheme. Making it easier for more of our people to cycle to work has had a real positive impact on the whole organisation. We now have 13 people regularly cycling to work.

Our involvement in the Cycle Challenge has really bought the competitive edge out in people, even encouraging some people to leave the car at home and take the bike to work. We are now hoping to enter a team at Pedal for Scotland in September to keep the cycling momentum going.”

“Also working in partnership with the DRCET team has been really helpful as we have seen real benefits whilst supporting another local social enterprise.”

Merle Collett, Glasgow Wood Recycling cyclist, said,

“People have been telling me cycling is great for years but I didn’t really get it until now. I love the freedom my bike has given me and have loved getting out and about on my bike during the cycle challenge.  It’s given me the confidence to keep cycling.”

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager said,

“It has been great working with the Glasgow Wood team on developing their cycling programme and we are wheel-y delighted they have achieved this Award which follows on from St Paul’s Primary becoming a Cycle Friendly Primary School last year. We hope there will be many more Cycle Friendly awards in the Whiteinch area.”

Caroline Hammond, Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly Employer Development Officer said,

“We were delighted to work with Glasgow Wood Recycling on their Cycle Friendly Employer award. They have demonstrated their clear commitment and passion for cycling and the number of cyclists they now have is fantastic. And their partnership work is really helping to spread the word locally about the benefits of employers becoming more cycle friendly.”

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is one of a suite of Cycle Friendly Awards run by Cycling Scotland the national charity working so anyone, anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely.