We challenge YOU to take on the #TNLComFundCycle

The pandemic has encouraged many people to take up cycling, which not only boasts positive effects for people’s physical and mental health, but the choice of bike over car is also great news for our environment. We developed our #TNLComFundCycle with this in mind, launching cycle routes across the UK from August 5th to encourage people to get on their bike – whilst raising awareness of the difference National Lottery funding has made in their communities.

To take part, our Glasgow route is below. We’d love for you to tell us all about your journey on social media with a photo of you at one of your favourite landmarks or projects on the route alongside the hashtag #TNLComFundCycle.

For those who aren’t local to Glasgow, we’d still love you to get out on your bike – so why don’t you plan your own cycle route past your own favourite National Lottery funded projects in your community? If you’re looking for cycle route inspo, you could follow one of the pre-existing UK cycle routes developed by National Lottery funded Sustrans here.

Whatever way you choose to cycle, we want to hear all about it using #TNLComFundCycle.

The Glasgow #TNLComFundCycle

Our Glasgow #TNLComFundCycle route starts from Glasgow Green, heads down the Clyde and loops back through the West End. You can click each marker on the route to find out more about the National Lottery funded checkpoint. The route we developed mostly follows designated cycle paths and is on flat city terrain, meaning the cycle itself is ideal for beginners. The route has a few brief moments on crossings and roads, so check the route before you go to make sure you’re comfortable with it. The route is approximately 13km, and should take around 49 minutes to complete.

The Stops

The first stop on the route is Free Wheel North. The project were awarded £143,510 of National Lottery funding for their ‘Connecting Communities Through Cycling’ project in 2017. The four years of funding goes towards growing and developing their Glasgow Green Cycling Centre. The centre continues to provide all forms of cycling and engages local people in physical activity and community projects.

After a scenic cycle down the Clydeside, across the river you will see Glasgow Science Centre who were awarded £36.2m towards their build from The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Millennium Commission in 1997. If you want a closer look, you can head off the route slightly and head down the National Lottery funded Millennium bridge for a gander.

Next stop, the iconic Riverside Museum. Did you know that the Zaha Hadid designed transport museum was awarded £21.6 million of National Lottery funding from The National Lottery Heritage fund? At the time, this was The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s largest ever grant in Scotland.

After the riverside tour, the route takes you into the heart of the West End as we pass Kelvin Hall who have been awarded £4.57m National Lottery funding in 2013 towards their transformation from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Parallel to Kelvin Hall, you’ll see the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum who were awarded £13,171,500 of National Lottery funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2000 for their major refurbishment.

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A quick detour to the south will bring you past another fabulous National Lottery funded project, Bike For Good, who were awarded £148,362 in 2018 for their Glasgow Bike Shed project. The three-year funding is to help them deliver activities at their Govanhill shop, aiming to improve the community’s wellbeing and skills through cycling. Activities include bike maintenance, bike lending and sharing schemes, learn to cycle sessions, group cycling and an extended volunteering programme.

The last stop on the tour is over the Anderston “Bridge to Nowhere”. Started in the ‘70s – and left half-built for decades – this local landmark was finally completed in 2013 by Sustrans as part of their National Lottery funded Connect2 project. Their grant of £49,980,908 from The National Lottery Community Fund helped transform communities across the UK by reconnecting them across physical barriers such as roads, rivers or railway lines with traffic free paths, bridges and tunnels.

Then for the home run, head back down to the riverside and back to Glasgow Green for a well earned rest (picnic optional!).

Before you scoot off…

Cycling is best enjoyed safely. Although we put together our route to be suitable for beginners there are still dangers to be mindful of, so please wear a helmet, appropriate clothing and footwear, check your bike is safe and cycle responsibly. Cycling UK have a few great how-to guides on safe cycling that you should read through before you embark on your cycle.

Also, be aware that we are still dealing with a pandemic and please take necessary precautions such as physical distancing if cycling with others. Here’s guidance put together by Cycling UK which is frequently updated to reflect the guidance around cycling during lockdown.

Needing a bike repair before you get started? This week Scottish Government announced their free bicycle repair scheme.

Enjoy the ride!

Taking part in the route or making your own one – just let us know by posting on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #TNLComFundCycle for the chance to be featured on our social media channels! What was your favourite stop on your ride? Brownie points if you spot any National Lottery funded signs on your way! Tell us all about the journey, share some pics and have fun.

Already taken part on the route? Click here to tweet all about it!

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