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The Bike Station

Posted by admin on 31st May 2013

Caroline Hammond, Travel Choice Advisor for Better Way to Work (BWTW), a Glasgow Bike Station project.

We started the BWTW project one year ago after receiving funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. We encourage sustainable travel to people throughout Glasgow, in workplaces and in community organisations. This is with the aim of reducing carbon emissions, resulting in a healthier, happier and cleaner city!

We promote all sorts of sustainable travel from cycling and walking to using public transport – even car sharing and fuel efficient driving. We offer many free incentives for people to leave their cars behind including a two week bike loan, cycle training, bike maintenance advice, trial tickets for the train and bus, fuel efficient driving lessons, Dr. Bike, route planning advice and much more!

We are a small team, with only five members of staff, which means we are kept very busy! I am one of two Travel Choice Advisers for the project and we offer advice to people who are looking to make a change in their travel behaviour. This could be for financial, health or environmental reasons, everyone is different. We support participants throughout the process, offering help and advice where we can. We are also a service centre for Cycling Scotland's Cycle Friendly Employer Award, a nationally recognised award for workplaces that support their staff to cycle to work. We encourage all employers we meet to sign up and help promote cycling and improve facilities for their staff.

This week we will be offering our sustainable travel advice and incentives to the staff at BAE Systems – both in Govan and Scotstoun. As part of their health promotion initiative, we have been invited along to encourage employees to leave their cars behind and walk, cycle or take public transport to and from work. For those who live further afield we can offer advice on car sharing as well as providing a free fuel efficient driving lesson, courtesy of the Energy Savings Trust. This will be our second visit to BAE and hopefully we can reach members of staff who missed us the last time.

Our Spring Wheels series has already started, with the Dr. Bike Roadshow and this Wednesday from 4 – 7pm we will be located at the north side of the Tradeston Bridge. We are providing free bike check overs, route planning advice, freebies tea, coffee and biscuits to passing cyclists and walkers. Continuing with our Spring Wheels event we are doing a led, group cycle on Saturday the 1st of June. Starting from The Bike Station, 65 Haugh Road, G3 8TX at 10am - this ride will be relaxed and leisurely travelling along National Cycle Route 7 to Loch Lomond. Lunch will be provided and participants have the option of doubling their mileage and cycling back, alternatively they can jump on the train at Balloch. Spaces are limited so interested parties need to book their space by emailing robbie@thebikestation.org.uk. Hopefully we get some of the nice weather we had last weekend, rain or shine it is bound to be a great day out!

If you are interested in becoming a BWTW organisation and your business is based in the Glasgow area then email better@thebikestation.org.uk or call 0141 248 5409.