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Own a piece of the Games!

16/04/2014
Business / Sport and physical activity
Sustrans Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland have joined forces to give workplaces across Scotland the chance to own a piece of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, in a bid to promote cycling to work.

From today, workplaces together with further and higher education establishments will be eligible to apply for the chance to own cycle racks which will be providing cycle parking at the Commonwealth Games venues across Glasgow this July.

Under the scheme, which forms part of Legacy 2014, organisations will be able to apply for up to a maximum of three cycle parking racks – to help boost their cycle facilities for employees and students.

Sustrans Scotland National Director, John Lauder, welcomed the offer, which will give employers a once in a lifetime chance to show their support and commitment to the legacy of the Games.  He said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for workplaces across Scotland to own a piece of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

“Sustrans Scotland wants to see more people up and down the country enjoying the many benefits of cycling those short everyday journeys, including the daily commute to work. 

“Encouraging people to do this requires the provision of somewhere safe to store your bike while in the workplace.  Therefore, we strongly encourage employers to apply for these cycle racks and help get more people cycling more often.”

Ian Aitken, Chief Executive, Cycling Scotland said:

“The Commonwealth Games will inspire many people across Scotland to get on their bikes and become more active in their everyday lives.  Research has shown that staff who travel to work, college or university regularly by bike are healthier and more productive, so encouraging cycling is a win-win situation for workplaces and educational institutions. 

"In addition, a quarter of all journeys in Scotland are commuting or travel to education, so more cycling will lead to other benefits including less congestion and pollution.  Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Employer award has been awarded to over 200 workplaces across the country, and good cycle parking facilities is a key criteria for this award.

"With cycling routes across the country improving, workplaces, colleges and universities can take advantage of the legacy of the Games and become more Cycle Friendly by applying for this cycle parking, ultimately leading to healthier, more active staff and students.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“With Scotland set to welcome the world to events like The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are busy putting in place robust transport plans to keep the country moving during what will be a very busy summer on our road and public transport networks.

“In recent years, the Scottish Government has invested significantly in training, infrastructure and road safety campaigns for the benefit of cyclists through organisations such as Cycling Scotland, Sustrans and local authorities across Scotland. The Legacy 2014 Cycle Parking scheme is exactly the type of initiative that will help people make more active travel choices for their everyday journeys wherever possible, and at the same time improve their health and the environment.”

Further information and how to apply for Legacy 2014 Cycle Parking