The aim of the Cambuslang Cycling Project is to increase the facilities and opportunities for cycling in Cambuslang. The project is being developed by the Cycling Sub-Committee of Cambuslang Community Council as part of the Rutherglen-Cambuslang Bike-Town Initiative (CamGlen Bike Town) Further details are below.
January 2018. New logo for the Clyde Cycle Park SCIO. A busy year for the Clyde Cycle park has been capped by a brand-new logo designed by Marlyn Campbell of Vibrant Media. The year has also seen advanced negotiations with Scottish Enterprise for the acquisition of the site, and discussions with potential funders.
30 May 2016. Cambuslang Community Council are part of a new ‘Clyde Cycle Park’ project to re-develop a site between Bogleshole Road and the River Clyde as a national-standard road-race cycle circuit. Together with Healthy n Happy CDT, East Kilbride Road Club, South Lanarkshire Council, and South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, the Community Council have successfully registered the Clyde Cycle Park as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Watch this space for the launch of the SCIO later in the summer!
31 January 2016. Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust and Cambuslang Community Council have submitted a bid for £100,000 to the Central Scotland Green Network Trust for funding to develop part of the planned cycle path and walkway along the south bank of the River Clyde around the Tata Steel site. A further bid for funding to co-finance this section of the route, incorporating an industrial heritage trail is currently being prepared.
1 October 2015. The South Lanarkshire Council Unpaid Work Team have agreed to begin the process of reinstating the right of way on the south bank of the Clyde to create a passable route for walkers and mountain bikers from Cambuslang Bridge to Bogleshole Bridge (see photos below). This will be first stage in implementing plans for the new cycle path from Cambuslang to Dalmarnock along the south bank of the river.
4 August 2015. The feasibility and viability of a new walkway and cycle path along the south bank of the River Clyde is confirmed by a feasibility study commissioned by Cambuslang Community Council and Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust. The path would run from Cambuslang Bridge to Dalmarnock Bridge along a 5km rout e (see below)and provide off-road access for people in Cambuslang and neighbouring communities to walk or cycle to the Cuningar Forest Park which is due to open in Spring 2016.
John Bachtler, treasurer of Cambuslang Community Council, said: “This is a milestone in the Clyde Walkway and Cycle Path project. The feasibility study demonstrates that the idea of a new path along the south bank of the river is viable and would be a major new resource for the communities along the river, opening up new areas of woodland and access to the river. The study has found that there is significant potential demand for the new route and that it would attract leisure walkers/cyclists and commuters. However, the hard work starts now: we will need to raise significant funding and work with the landowners to plan the optimal route.” The steering group for the project comprises Cambuslang Community Council, Healthy n Happy, South Lanarkshire Council, the Forestry Commission, Clyde Gateway, SUSTRANS and the Central Scotland Green Network Trust. The group will be meeting shortly to discuss how the project can be taken forward. A summary of the feasibility study is available here.
15 June 2015. The possibility of a national cycle centre in Cambuslang has taken a step forward. Following the award of a grant from the Renewable Energy Fund, a feasibility study is being commissioned to do a topographic survey of the site at Bogleshole Road and assess the options for track layout, secondary uses of the site and ancillary services. The commissioning brief has been advertised on Public Contracts Scotland website and consultants invited to bid to undertake the feasibility study over the summer.
Cambuslang Cycling Project
Cambuslang has major potential for getting more people to cycle, in particular because it is bounded by two National Cycle Routes, one of which leads directly into the centre of Glasgow. However, the potential is not being realised because of poor infrastructure links and facilities and low demand. Increasing the number of people who cycle for commuting and leisure purposes would have major health and environmental benefits. Providing better cycling facilities and links in the town would also contribute to economic and environmental regeneration.
A cornerstone of the initiative is to create an ‘Cambuslang Active Travel Hub’ potentially in the immediate vicinity of the NCR 75 (e.g. near the Old Cambuslang Bridge) providing a focal point for bike hire for commuting and leisure purposes, bike maintenance and repair and/or bike exchange facility, possibly as a social enterprise, cycle training for primary/secondary schools – in cooperation with Bikeability Scotland, and organisation of cycling events and activity. Recent press coverage of the project is here.
A second project is to assess the feasibility of a site in Cambuslang for a closed-road cycle circuit. The site being discussed is between Bogleshole Road and the River Clyde. A project group has been set up, chaired by Cambuslang Community Council, and comprising councillors and officials from South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, East Kilbride Road Club, and Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust. Recent press coverage of the project is here.
If you would like to know more, or get involved, please contact John Bachtler, Cambuslang Community Council (email@example.com, 07973 744807) or Jim Ewing, CamGlen Bike Town (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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