There are a number of cycle based charities which focus on various aspects of cycling and facilitating access to cycle to a diverse range of groups. They all have one common goal, to increase cycling in Glasgow. Have a look and find one near you and get involved by volunteering or using their facilities and services.
Bike Station is a community enterprise with charitable status which provides recycling and reuse of donated bicycles.
Starting life as the Bike Shed in 2009, the project gained charitable status in 2011.
The focus of the project is to refurbish bikes and sell them at reasonable prices. It works in partnership with schools, universities and commercial organisations to promote access to bicycles across the city. The rebuilding of the cycles is largely by trained volunteers. However Bike Station is also home to the Climate Challenge Fund financed Better Way to Work initiative which focuses on promoting the use of sustainable transport.
For more information visit the Bike Station website.
Common Wheel is a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness, through working with bicycles and music.
Common Wheel based at three locations in Glasgow - bicycles at Maryhill and Bridgeton, and music at Gartnavel Royal Hospital.
Officially opened in July 2000, the Common Wheel bicycle project gained charitable status a year later. Their focus is on teaching their clients how to build and maintain bicycles, and in the process gain self-confidence and self-esteem.
The bicycle workshops are run by skilled mechanics who ensure that all work done is of excellent quality. As part of the project, they sell reconditioned bicycles to the public at regular intervals and also provide servicing and repair facilities.
For more information visit the Common Wheel website.
Freewheel North are a Glasgow based charity who offer cycling on our own bikes for a wide range of groups including those with disabilities, adults new to cycling and young people.
This facility is located on Glasgow Green, adjacent the Templeton Business Centre. Additional to this is the Whitehouse at 1641 Maryhill Road, on the canal at Lock 21. The Whitehouse offers conference and café facilities.
If you would like to help us to develop the services we offer with either a donation or by volunteering, please get in touch or come down to the centre for a chat.
For more information visit the Free Wheel North website.
Sustrans have become established as a leading cycling and walking development charity in the UK.
In addition to overseeing the distribution of governmental grant funding, Sustrans also has an experienced team of professional staff involved in the development and monitoring of cycling across the country. They also have a volunteer section who survey and maintain cycle corridors.
For more information visit the Sustrans website.
Our vision is to create a stronger, healthier and more active community by encouraging cycling amongst Black and Minority Ethnic people.
Our services include 1 to 1 advice and support on all thinks bike related. This includes a bike and rider assessment; followed by advice on gear, components and clothing. We also do group rides, mechanical and road safety training. We have a fully functional workshop at our Cycling Centre a stone's throw away from the South West City Way cycle path. We have big ambitions to make cycling a lifestyle choice and to create a "Cycling Community".
For more information visit the Soulriders website.
South West Community Cycles are an established social enterprise based on the periphery of Pollok Country Park which aims to relieve poverty, improve the health and education of local people and provide affordable and accessible cycling related activities to the public. From their cycle resource centre they offer affordable bike hire; cycle tours and led rides of Pollok Park and beyond; bike maintenance, service and repair in their workshop; fix your own sessions and bicycle maintenance classes; cycle tuition and classes to suit all ages and abilities; meeting room facilities and volunteering opportunities.
For more information visit the South West Community Cycles website.