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Cycling in East Renfrewshire

There are a range of different cycle groups/events available around East Renfrewshire. Ideal for promoting Sustainable travel and healthy lifestyles. There are also a range of cycle routes available for the whole public!

Cycle to work day 2016

The Think Green team has pulled together some information about a number of dedicated cycling events/groups around East Renfrewshire.

Cycling Routes

Here are guides to cycle routes around East Renfrewshire:

Whitelee Wind Farm also offers a wide range of routes at different difficulties:

To find out more about walking routes and events, go to the What's on East Renfrewshire web site:

Melo Velo

The Barrhead Melo Velo is a service set up by service users at the Barrhead Centre, a day centre for adults with additional support needs. The club is a unique cycle and repair project staffed by adults who attend the centre.

Service users have received training so that, under supervision, they can fit tyres, repair punctures, service bikes and run a safety check for a small fee. They also sell used and reconditioned cycles and new and used parts as well as hiring bikes to the public.  Thousands of bikes have been restored and offered for re-sale, and many have been donated to charities and to families/children that are down on their luck.

They accept unwanted bicycles at any time of the year and also accept trade-ins for your old bikes as part payment, primarily with the aim of promoting bicycle re-use, recycling, and Sustainable travel throughout the year.

To get your bike checked out or use any of the other services on offer, visit the Barrhead Centre, Carlibar Road, Barrhead, G78 1BD or call 0141 577 4501. Opening hours are Monday - Wednesday (10am - 2pm) but will gladly accept bicycle donations any day of the week during the centre's opening hours.


Cycle Neilston!

Cycle Neilston! is a project delivered by Neilston Development Trust (NDT) and is supported by a team of trained and friendly volunteers, which includes walk leaders and cycling experts.

The aim is to encourage Active Travel and support walking and cycling locally and the Bank Bike Hub has become the focal point for cycling activities in Neilston.

They offer a hiring service for both adults and children and also repair bikes at their Bike Hub Workshop.

The Bank Bike Hub also runs a number of bike-related training events. If you want to learn how to repair your own bike, come to our maintenance workshops, and if you want to learn how to cycle or improve your cycling skills and confidence, come to one of our cycling proficiency sessions.

You may also like to view the local cycling guide, available to download, which is a great way to explore the region and relish the wonderful East Renfrewshire countryside and scenery.

The NDT Bike Hub have a range of activities and services throughout 2016, see below for flyer:

Cycle Neilston

Sustrans East Renfrewshire

Sustrans ER is a national organization which promotes and encourages funding for cycling routes - cycling to school or work, cycling for leisure and cycling on long distance paths.  In association with local authorities such as East Renfrewshire, they also aim to continue to develop a system of long distance cycle routes around the country - the National Cycle Network (NCN).

Sustrans East Renfrewshire (ER) is one of many local volunteer groups who were established to look after these routes.  They are currently focusing upon promoting and providing cycling opportunities within and around town areas over East Renfrewshire, such as cycle to work and cycle to school.  Now in its third year, Sustrans ER are working with East Renfrewshire council to help improve cycling infrastructure around East Renfrewshire by exploring cycle routes for possible development and improved signposting  in the area.

Cycle Neilston and Sustrans ER are now halfway through a series of led rides exploring East Renfrewshire by bike, held on Saturdays at 10am and returning around 2pm (15 miles). £5 for adults, £2 for Under 16s.

More information can be found at:

You can also call 0141 561 1201 or email: .


Within the government's Green Transport Plan, there is a tax exemption which allows employers to provide cycles and cycle safety equipment to employees as a tax free benefit. This is known as the Cycle to Work Scheme.

East Renfrewshire Council are participating in this scheme and we are encouraging all local employers and employees to take a step forward and get involved.

You can find out the benefits and how to participate on the CycleScheme Website.

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If you have any information about other events/groups we should know of, or of any alternative cycle routes, then please let us know.  Also, if you require any more information then feel free to contact the Think Green team:

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To find out about additional cycling related campaigns, events and advice then go to:

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