Big Bike Revival to get Larkhall, Lanark, Stonehouse and Carluke cycling
On your bike! FREE bike maintenance
A national project encouraging thousands of people to cycle for every day journeys is coming to Larkhall, Lanark, Stonehouse and Carluke.
The Big Bike Revival, an award-winning programme developed by Cycling UK and funded by Transport Scotland, helps people in Scotland to bring their bikes back into use by providing bike health checks, sharing maintenance knowhow and giving people more confidence in the saddle.
Partnered by 100 community groups and bicycle recycling centres across the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to reach thousands of people to encourage them to get cycling again and to replace short car journeys with the bike. In 2016, around 8,000 people participated across Scotland; this year events will run from 1 May to 11 June to encourage even more people to cycle for everyday trips. Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership has been awarded Big Bike Revival funding to deliver activities in the local community.
Events include free bike maintenance at local venues across Larkhall, Lanark, Stonehouse and Carluke. The Make Your Way team will be at the local events over the coming weeks to offer free bike maintenance and active travel advice, including free walking and cycling maps. No need to book, just turn up with your bike and look for the Make Your Way team and Dr Bike!
Stonehouse Agriculture Show Saturday 20 May 10am-2pm
Larkhall Leisure Centre Saturday 27 May 10am-2pm
Lanark Leisure Centre Wednesday 31 June 10am-2pm
Carluke Gala Day Saturday 10 June 10am-2pm
Make Your Way project is an arts, heritage and active travel project focussing on the communities of Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and Smarter Choices, Smarter Places grant, the project is delivered by icecream architecture and SYSTRA. It has involved working with the local communities to map important heritage features and using these to create new trails inspiring active travel and community focussed artworks. Downlaod and print the maps using the links on the right.
The Scottish Government has a vision to see 10% of every day journeys by cycle by 2020 and the Big Bike Revival will provide support and activities to encourage more people to get cycling to help achieve this vision. In 2016, Big Bike Revival activities in Scotland encouraged over 4,000 new trips by bike, of which 34% were previously car journeys and 2017 activities and events will build on this behaviour change outcome.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said, “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is once again supporting The Big Bike Revival in Scotland this year. This is an ideal opportunity for people across the country to give those old bikes sitting in the shed a new lease of life by re-discovering the joys of cycling. I would encourage everyone to go along to their nearest event and take part in the various projects that will be running over the next two months. Cycling is a wonderful way to keep fit and healthy and to spend time in our great outdoors.”
In autumn 2016 the Big Bike Revival came to Scotland after two successful years of the project in England. Over 500 events happened from the 19 September to 31 October in every local authority area in Scotland, with over 1,400 bikes revived and given a new lease of life.
Kirsten Robb, Clyde and Avon Valley Land Partnership (CAVLP), taking part in the Big Bike Revival said, “Working with hundreds of local people, Make Your Way has produced fantastic new maps that will inspire you to walk and cycle more. The maps highlight how quick and easy it is to get about under your own steam as well as the lovely greenspaces, art works and historic features you can find along the way. ”
With hundreds of events planned across the next six weeks and centres spread across every local authority area in the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to bring thousands more bikes back into use.
Cycling UK’s Head of Development Scotland, Suzanne Forup said, “The Big Bike Revival in Scotland reached communities across the length and breadth of Scotland in 2016, from small rural villages to local communities in our biggest cities. This year we are delighted to partner with CAVLP to help people fall back in love with cycling again.
“For those of us that cycled as a kid, we all remember our bikes and how wonderful a bike ride was. The Big Bike Revival wants to capture that feeling for people who stopped cycling years or decades ago and reignite their love of cycling. Events and activities will help people fix up their cycles, grow their cycling confidence and learn about accessible local routes so they can get from A to B by bike with a smile on their face. We’re pleased to work across Scotland to help people in local communities enjoy the many benefits of cycling, and support them to swap the car when it comes to everyday trips.”
There are hundreds of events and activities planned across the nation. To find Big Bike Revival events in Clyde and Avon Valley, visit www.bigbikerevival.org.uk. To find out more about the Make Your Way project in Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse, including maps to download, visit www.clydeandavonvalley.org/make-your-way.