Glasgow has big plans to make more people cycling more often

Scotland’s second largest city has appointed a new cycling officer, former Scottish Sports Minister Frank McAveety is now know as the ‘Cycling Czar’, to coordinate efforts to meet the target. The city aims to increase the levels of leisure, commuting and sports cycling in the next decade. An updated cycling strategy for the city will be published later in 2012.

The cycling network currently includes over 200 km of routes. At present about 5000 trips per day are made in and out of Glasgow city centre by bike. The figure is up 50% compared with three years ago, but cycling still accounts for less than 2% of all commuting to work or study.

With its Strategic Plan for Cycling the city seeks to build on public interest and work towards the vision of making more people cycling more often.