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Bike Life Glasgow

"Bike Life Glasgow provides clear evidence that residents of Glasgow recognise cycling as an important catalyst for change, with 82% of Glasgow residents supporting the creation of more protected cycle lanes and 78% stating that they would like to see more investment in cycling."

- Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction

woman on bike in park, image credit Lee Muir
Designing a city that is safe for cycling will play a part in reducing the health and social inequalities that Glasgow faces, ensuring that this inexpensive, healthy mode of transport is possible in all communities.

This is the first report from Glasgow, one of 15 UK cities participating in Bike Life. Our thanks to the people of Glasgow who took part in the survey and who told us their stories in this report.

girl and boy during cycle training session, Photo © Glasgow Life

Cycle training and education

To encourage cycling amongst children Glasgow City Council has 53 schools currently participating in Bikeability and 552 pre-schoolers participating in Play on Pedals.

Giving children the skills and confidence to cycle will help to establish sustainable travel behaviour for the future.

Woman with bike, Photo © John Linton/Sustrans.

"Growing up in Pakistan, I wasn’t allowed a bicycle and I didn’t think I could learn as an adult until I saw a news report showing adults learning to cycle. My kids had been asking me to cycle with them and once I saw others doing it, I realised I could do it too! By the end of my first class, I was riding a bike and living by the Forth & Clyde Canal gave me a great space to practice while I built my confidence.

"Dedicated infrastructure allows you to see aspects of the city you wouldn’t in traffic or in a car, but we need more segregated routes and more accessibility to bikes for everyone." - Mahnoor Campbell, Teacher

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Bike Life Glasgow has been funded by Transport Scotland. The project is co-ordinated by Sustrans.