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Glasgow cycling groups receive £160,000 boost to promote biking across the city

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As Glasgow gears up to host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, community groups have been given a share of more than £160,000 to boost bike use in the city.

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Some 29 local organisations have been awarded funding from the Go Cycle Glasgow Fund for new initiatives that make cycling accessible for recreation, sport, and active travel among minority groups.

Priority was given to groups working with young people, women, people with disabilities, low-income families, and ethnic minorities with each receive awards of up to £10,000.

Annette Christie, chair of Glasgow Life, said she was "hugely impressed" by the "ambition and commitment" of the groups applying for funding.

She added: "This is another significant year for Glasgow as we prepare to be in the international spotlight, hosting five of the 13 Cycling World Championship events at venues across the city.

"We have a strong track record of successfully hosting major international events and are renowned for giving visitors to our city such a warm welcome.

"However, even more importantly, we are committed to ensuring that the people of Glasgow get the opportunity to engage with the event and benefit long-term from enhanced opportunities for physical activity, health and wellbeing.”

Glasgow Life, the arm's-length council organisation, has created the funding pot head of the city hosting the 11-day UCI World Championships, featuring thousands of the world’s best cyclists.

Additional funding has also been received from Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, to support targeted activity.

The boost for cycling in Glasgow both from the Go Cycle Glasgow Fund and the increased interest likely to arise from the UCI World Championships in the city later this year can now also be served by Scotland’s first dedicated Cytech training centre, launched in Glasgow last October. Bike For Good operates the Cytech training centre in Glasgow, providing cycle shop employees and members of the public with the highest levels of training and accreditation.

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