People had ‘wheely’ great fun at Big Bike Festival

Bike Festival
Bike Festival

Over a thousand people enjoyed fun in the sun as they saddled up for a celebration of cycling in Bearsden and Milngavie.

People of all ages, abilities and experience flocked to The Big Bike Fest - from May 28 to June 5- which culminated in a gala at the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden on Sunday (June 5).

Bike Festival

Bike Festival

Highlights included an evening with record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, family cycle rides, pedal-powered cinema, historical tour, learning sessions, discussions and more.

Almost all of the events were at capacity, with more than 1,100 attending during the week.

The grand finale was The Big Bike Fest Gala with hundreds enjoying a stunt show, unusual bikes, skills track, beginners’ events, cycle information, face-painting, balloon-making and more.

The Big Bike Fest was delivered by The Bike Station Glasgow - supported by the council and Sustrans.

Bike Festival

Bike Festival

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at the council, said: “I am thrilled by the success of The Big Bike Fest - with more than a thousand people of all ages enjoying an array of active fun.

“It’s a promising sign of support for the council’s ongoing efforts in Bearsden and Milngavie to encourage people to travel sustainably - particularly by bike - reducing traffic congestion, increasing health and wellbeing, and supporting the local economy.

“One of the key barriers to getting more people cycling - particularly families, women and older people - is a lack of confidence, particularly with traffic.

“The festival connected people and provided practical help to demonstrate that cycling really is for everyone.”

Councillor Moir added: “Feedback so far has been excellent and there was a lot of interest in the council’s Bears Way A81 project - which provides protected space for children, families and other people new to cycling to travel in

safety and comfort.

“It is only partially complete at the moment, but is already proving popular with people travelling by bike for a variety of different trips.

“The aim is that the Bears Way - when completed - will connect Milngavie with Glasgow, traffic free.”

For more information, visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/bearsway and www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/cycling