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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!

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You can be in with a chance of winning a De’ils On Wheels upcycled clock and all you need to do is get on your bike and share a photo!

The clocks are made from used bicycle disk brakes and chain rings. You can be in with a chance of winning yourself one of these fantastic clocks by getting on social media. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to enter…

  1. Like the Deils On Wheels Facebook page or follow the De’ils on Wheels Twitter feed @DeilsOnWheels
  2. Upload a photo of you on your bike and tell us why you love cycling
  3. And, very importantly, tag the post using the #WeGoPedal hashtag

All tagged entries received by the end of Bike Week 2018 (Sat 17 June 2018) will be entered into a draw to win a clock!

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike and get pedalling, snapping and hashtagging!! The clock’s ticking!!

Good luck!

CleanAirDayClean Air Day 2018 co-ordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan is Thursday 21st JuneGlasgow City Council are holding an event from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 21 June in George Square which will showcase a huge range of exhibits and activities such as active travel, renewable energy, e-bikes, car clubs and electric vehicles that can all help to improve air quality as well as a mini-pump track provided by 2018 European Championships!

Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

What are your plans for Clean Air Day? Why not walk or cycle to work or school – and if you already do this, organise an event? For more information on how to do this in your community, at work or in school, download one of the free toolkits. Share your plans by emailing cleanerair@globalactionplan.org.uk

You can also sign up for updates about Clean Air Day by registering here.

 

The Glasgow Street Play Weekend is back and going to be bigger than ever, this year taking place on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.

Street Play is a nationwide initiative run by Play Scotland and supported by the city council and Glasgow Life. It aims to bring communities closer together by providing local groups and residents to take back their street and enjoy a traffic free environment.

Ever wanted to close your street for play? The Council are offering free road closures to residents, local groups and community based organisations for one weekend in June – the dates the free road closure apply to are 22, 23 or 24 June 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is before 5pm on Friday 1 June.

More info on the Council website and the Play Scotland event page.

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scotrailThe Scotrail summer timetable is now in operation. Why not leave the car at home and take in the beautiful Scottish scenery from the train?

Step off the train and onto a bike – the perfect way to explore the city and countryside. You’ll find designated cycle spaces on many trains. For some journeys, you’ll need to reserve a space for your bike. Where you can’t book a spot, spaces are given on a first come first served basis.

Bike & Go is a flexible bike hire scheme available at 12 stations in Scotland. How does it work? You’ll need to register, and pay a £10 annual membership fee. Then it’s just a low daily hire rate of £3.80 a day. Pick up the bike at the station, and drop it back when you’re done.

The Kids Go Free ticket lets you travel on most services off-peak anywhere in Scotland with one or two children aged 5-15, for the same price as an adult ticket. In addition there’s a wide range of railcards and discounts available  including

  • Two Together railcard
  • Disabled Persons railcard
  • 16-25 railcard
  • Senior railcard
  • Highland railcard
  • Young Scot National Entitlement card.

All you need to do now is buy the ticket and go off and enjoy yourself!!

QMDGlasgow City Council are proposing to make a number of improvements within the Queen Margaret Drive area of the City. These works have the aspirations and aims of increasing the number of journeys completed in an active and sustainable manner and improving the liveability of the local area.

The main proposals cover the area from the Queen Margaret Drive Bridge to the Junction of Kelbourne Street and include:

  • 2 way segregated cycle route on the West side.
  • Increased public space at the junction of Kelvin Drive.
  • Reduced crossing distances at Kelvin Drive and Queen Margaret Road.
  • Upgraded pedestrian crossing facilities.
  • Upgraded surfacing on footways including public realm quality materials.

After you have viewed the designs you are invited to leave feedback via a short questionnaire which is available until Fri 18 May.

Source: glasgow.gov.uk/cycling

GoBike recently published three blogs looking at Road Design Challenges for People on Bikes.

GoBike has long been frustrated by substandard provision for active travel across the area. Despite campaigning for years against certain designs, they are continuing to see them used across road improvements and in newly funded projects.

The blogs covered the following topics…

The first blog noted that, “Research has found that the majority of people think it is too dangerous to cycle on roads, with nearly two thirds of all people feeling this way and 48% of people who already cycle agreeing. This road danger is felt more strongly than most by women and as people get older. It is clear that the design of our roads, and this perception of safety is the single biggest factor on how roads and streets are used.”

 

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