The Velocommunities project is targeted at converting car drivers into cycle commuters, to positively impact the environment.
What is this project?
The Velocommunities project is focused on decreasing carbon-emitting modes of travel around the West and South of Glasgow. We have created an action-packed free package of services and activities that we call The Curious Commuter.
Curious Commuter package includes:
- Cycle training: skills development for groups or one-to-one
- Bike buddies: we will plot and cycle with you on a guided route to and from work
- Bike lending library: borrow a bike for free for up to one month if you’re not yet ready to invest
- Velo Skills classes
- Dr Bike pop-up events on key commuter routes
- Bikeability sessions in schools
- Led rides
- Cycle commuter maps for West area, and South area coming soon
- Climate change awareness events
Who can benefit?
If you have even a small interest in commuting by bike, and would like support to begin to cycle for short journeys then we are happy to help. You might not have a bike, or you might be feeling intimidated by cycling on the roads of Glasgow – that’s okay, we are here to support you. You can be an individual, a family, or a parent looking for cycle support for your child – we welcome interest from any curious commuters in our targeted areas.
‘My experience with Bike for Good has affected my life so much. I can now easily commute around the city. Yesterday I cycled to Braehead with no problems – I never thought that would be possible for me! … I’m so happy I found Bike for Good and these lessons, I couldn’t even imagine cycling on the roads before and now I cycle everywhere every day.’
Farzane, cycle training participant
Why is it necessary?
Less than 7% of employed people in Glasgow choose to cycle as their main mode of transport, but the average commute is only 8km. Our Curious Commuter package was developed to address the environmental impact of this, and encourage people to choose to cycle for these short journeys instead of driving their car.
When do activities take place?
Our Curious Commuter package is bespoke to each individual user. For example, to support you to cycle to work, our Bike Buddies can plot a safe route to and from work for you, and cycle these routes with you until you feel safe and confident.
Our bike lending library is available during opening hours which can be found here.
Where does this project serve?
Due to geographical funding, the Velocommunities project is targeted at two areas of Glasgow:
- Southside Central
- West (Yorkhill, Kelvingrove, Anderston)
If you live and / or work in any of these areas, you are eligible to access the project.
How can you engage with this project?
Please contact us through our online form and let us know what you are interested in, or give us a call:
- Glasgow West: 0141 248 5409
- Glasgow South: 0141 261 1609
The Velocommunities project is funded by Climate Challenge Fund. We are proud to be the 1000th project to be awarded funding. Together, we’re aiming to reduce carbon emissions in Glasgow by 898.4 tonnes by the end of March 2020. Thank you to all for getting involved and helping us to achieve it.