Free community cycling days begin in Lanarkshire this week

Free community cycling days are taking place across a number of Lanarkshire areas between now and December.

Starting this Saturday, October 23, locals are invited to take part in the three events which promote sustainable travel – boosting physical and mental wellbeing.

Residents of the rural areas part of Make Your Way Community Cycling Days – Rigside; Douglas Water; Glespin; Crawford and Elvanfoot – can get involved.

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And it kicks off on Saturday between 11am and 3pm in Rigside Playpark.

Activities include a portable cycling skills circuit for people to bring along their bikes and have a go on, as well as essential cycling skills for families sessions.

There will also be Play on Pedals, learning sessions for four to five year-olds, drop-in Dr Bike cycle safety checks and an Indoor Roadside Repair course (between 1-4pm), and a silent disco provided by Healthy Valleys, on the day.

You can book these sessions online here.

Following this Saturday’s event, it will also be held in Glespin MUGA on November 6, and Crawford Playpark on November 20.

There will also be an opportunity to trial an e-bike with Healthy Valleys at the Cycling Days in Glespin and Crawford. Local sustainable travel information will be available at all events.

Participants in Rigside will also be able to vote on the location of new benches, bins and cycle racks, following a community vote in May which identified the installation of these features as an initiative that would support people to walk, wheel and cycle more locally.

Level 0 Covid guidance will apply, including providing contact tracing details, one-meter physical distancing and practicing good hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Refreshments will be provided – participants are encouraged to bring a keep-cup if they have one for tea / coffee.

The Cycling Days are taking place as part of the Make Your Way project, focussing on progressing sustainable travel priorities in Crawford and Elvanfoot, Glespin, and Rigside and Douglas Water before April 2022.

It is part of a year on year programme, running since 2016, which targets sustainable travel in rural Lanarkshire and has included community mapping and the development of Sustainable Travel Action Plans to date.

The programme includes Bikeability levels 1 and 2 in Crawford, Douglas and Rigside Primary Schools, as well as the installation of Make Your Way active travel maps and wayfinding.

Mark Horsham, Councillor for Clydesdale South, said: “During Lockdown restrictions, more people took up cycling and other forms of active travel helping with not only their physical health but also their mental wellbeing.

“Alongside these personal benefits there are also the benefits to the environment which help tackle the Climate Emergency.

“These events will help promote, give confidence and engage with those who are looking to take up active travel and those who already participate in active travel.”

Participants are encouraged to book onto the Essential Cycling Skills for Families and Play on Pedals sessions in advance via [email protected] / 0141 647 3250.

Bookings for the indoor Roadside Repair course are essential via [email protected] / 07986 798 098.

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