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Gearing Up to Make a Wheel Difference!

June 16, 2008 10:31 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde bosses are getting on their bikes on Monday June 16 to show their support for National Bike Week.

Board Chairman, Andrew Robertson, Director of Public Health, Dr Linda de Caestecker, Head of Administration, John Hamilton, and David Leese, Director of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, were welcomed by Glasgow’s first citizen, Lord Provost Cllr Robert Winter, when they arrived in George Square at the end of their ‘commute’ into Glasgow.

The quartet took part in Glasgow Nightingale Cycling Club’s cycle commute to the city centre, starting from Canniesburn Toll, Bearsden, via Anniesland and Great Western Road.

Talking about the ‘big commute’, Mr Robertson said: “You get a buzz from cycling, there’s a real feel-good factor to it, as well as good physical exercise and this is a really great opportunity to raise the profile of cycling in Glasgow.”

Dr de Caestecker added: “Improving our general health is an ongoing challenge and cycling is an activity which can be done at your own pace and at a time that suits the individual.”

David Leese, a Director with the NHS Board and a member of the Nightingales Cycling Club encouraged as many as possible to take part.

He said: “Our club has a long history, since 1925, of promoting cycling locally. This is a great opportunity to get out of your car and cycle into Glasgow – even just this once.

“We are really pleased that the Lord Provost has given his time to meet us too. This is a real signal of Glasgow’s determination to raise the profile of cycling”

The Nightingales also hope participants will support them by donating the money saved by cycling to work on the day to charity.

Money saved by not using fuel, car parking or public transport will be donated to the British Heart Foundation. Donate on the day or online at: www.justgiving.com/cycle2work

Lord Provost Cllr Winter said: "Cycling keeps you fit, is good for the environment and is a great way for the family to enjoy themselves together.

"Taking the bike is often quicker than going by public transport or the car and it won't cost you a penny on road tax, parking or fuel either.

"The Council is fully behind Bike Week and it's great to see so many of our friends at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde getting in the saddle to add their support too."


Meanwhile NHSGGC has a full programme of events for the national week
Monday, June 16, Stobhill Hospital canteen, Cycling Scotland are offering free cycling information and practical advice on cycling in Glasgow. Strathclyde Police Community safety officer will also have on hand with information and advice on bike safety and security as well as a bike passport service.

A local bike shop is providing free bike safety checks, and there will be a 'led bike ride' around Springburn park for anyone that wants to take part to show how easy it is to get out for some exercise at lunchtime.

Tuesday 17th - Gartnavel General main entrance. As well as Strathclyde Police and Cycling Scotland, SPT will be in attendance offering free Cycle maps and general information as well as a bike clinic.

Wednesday 18th - Southern General Canteen Corridor, Cycling Scotland. Strathclyde Police and local bike shop.

Thursday 19th -Vale of Leven Hospital, x-ray corridor or outside old A&E if weather is nice. Cycling Scotland, Strathclyde Police, local bike shop, 'Led bike ride' for all interested staff around the Alexandria and Balloch area, and a 'Commuter Challenge,' where three members of staff will travel from the Vale of Leven to the Southern General on three different forms of transport. One will travel by bike, one by public transport and the third by motor vehicle.

Friday 20th - Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Main Enterance. Cycling Scotland, Strathclyde Police, local bike shop.


ENDS
For more information Contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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