Guest Blog: 5 ways to become cycle friendly

25th October 2018

In this guest blog Cycling Scotland give ideas on how cultural organisations and practitioners can become more cycle friendly.

There are so many positives about cycling: it keeps us fit and healthy, it reduces stress and supports good mental wellbeing, it cuts transport costs, it’s a great way to get to know a new place and, importantly, it has a big part to play in reducing our impact on the environment.

Simple steps

It shouldn’t feel like a daunting task to make your venue, workshop or studio more cycle friendly; take a look at these simple steps to making cycling easier and more accessible…

  • Apply for the Cycle Friendly Development Fund: Cycling Scotland offers pots of funding to help organisations, including venues, studio spaces, galleries and workshops, become more cycle friendly for staff and visitors alike. The funding can be used to provide shower facilities, cycle hangers and shared bikes or it could be used to deliver cycle training, maintenance sessions or route planners. Wasps Studio in The Briggait and the National Galleries of Scotland are two great examples of Scottish arts and culture spaces that have applied for and secured funding to become Cycle Friendly Employers. Any community or workplace in Scotland, large or small, is eligible for funding, so what are you waiting for? Find out more about the Cycle Friendly programmes now.
  • Point people in the right direction: if you’re welcoming visitors to your venue, update the instructions on your website with information on bike locks, cycle routes, changing facilities and the best way to get to you. You could tweet helpful cycle routes the night of a show or include on ticket confirmation emails that you have safe storage or bike racks.
  • Create a library: build up a clothing library of waterproof jackets, gloves and high-vis clothing for anyone who is thinking about cycling to use and return when they are finished. Take it one step further and turn a bike into an actual mobile library like these great ideas or maybe you could even turn a bike into a mobile gallery to take art out and about and on the go.
  • Harness pedal power: spin those wheels and convert energy of your audiences into something beautiful – get people pedalling in a pedal power cinema or to project an important message. Spin some tasty smoothies on a smoothie bike or check out the Velophonic Orchestra who make traditional instruments from bike parts, making music from bells, saddles, frames and spokes.
  • Use bikes in your art: they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Turn old and unwanted bicycles parts into art: take a leaf out of Bike for Good’s books and turn recycled tyres into belts, or if you really want to make statement, have a look at CamGlen Bike Town’s Bike Tower. You could organise a Bling your Bike session with coloured streamers, flowers and bells – we love Eilidh’s Box Bike as a great place for ideas.

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