As part of our GREEN2014 events programme we held four “Reluctant Commuter Cyclist” workshops in collaboration with the Better Way to Work Programme at Glasgow Bike Station on the 10th and 17th of July. Building on the themes of the Green 2014 exhibition, which looks at actively engaging with your environment, sustainable food production and active travel the Workshop aimed to combat barriers to commuter cycling.
As an introduction to the Better Way to Work programme participants watched a quick film. They were then asked to outline their barriers to cycling, which included having nowhere to store a bike, being unsure of road rules, the state of the roads and the unpredictable Scottish Weather. Representatives from the bike station worked through each of these offering handy tips such where cyclists should be positioned on the road, the number to call to report potholes in the road, how to lock your bike effectively and the essential cycling kit.
All participants were offered access to further Bike Station services such as cycle training, route planning and bike maintenance classes, and the workshop has already seen success with several participants commenting that they are cycling more often and more confidently since the workshop.
One Participant said
It has definitely inspired confidence in my cycling ability and I have now managed to brave the roads, the workshop made me realise I have every right to be there