Whether you are riding for health and fitness, commuting, or on an adventure, Glasgow is the perfect city for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Over 300km of dedicated cycle routes crisscross the Dear Green Place, connecting the city’s historic landmarks, places of interest, and stunning public parks.
Commuters can also take advantage of the City Ways project, which links the city centre with Glasgow’s four corners and is part of a city-wide active travel plan to develop active travel infrastructure in all parts of Glasgow.
The aim of the City Ways project is to promote cycling as the most enjoyable, easiest, healthiest, and most environmentally responsible way to get around. This multi-million-pound investment has already led to Glasgow being named by global cycling body, the UCI, as one of 20 ‘Bike Cities’ around the world.
Glasgow is also listed as a cohort of the global Cycling Cities Campaign, which was launched by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy at COP26 in Glasgow. The Campaign places the city at the vanguard of rethinking their streets to promote cycling and combat climate change.
But how do you take up cycling in Glasgow? Or, if you haven’t pedalled in a while, get back on your bike and freewheeling?
There are a whole range of cycling resources and fantastic Glaswegian organisations who will help get you pedalling. And the beauty is – you don’t even have to own a bike to do it!
Learn to cycle
There are a range of community organisations who can help you learn to ride, provide advice, and give you confidence as you get back in the saddle. You can find out more on the Glasgow City Council website
Where to go
From the West City Way to the Clyde Walkway, Glasgow boasts dedicated routes for cyclists, which help keep you away from traffic and provide safe and direct routes. Find out more and view a full list of route maps here
Cycling in Glasgow
A great one-stop resource for all of your general cycling info’ in Glasgow, from shops to routes and much more
Getting from A to B in Glasgow shouldn’t cost the earth. The Smarter Travel GA platform helps you make journeys that benefit your health, your pocket and your state of mind
Routes in the city
Smarter Travel also offers routes across the city which are colour-coded for level of difficulty
Bike hire in Glasgow
You don’t need to own a bike to get around Glasgow and there are over 500 OVO Bikes, powered by nextbike, available to hire at 67 locations across the city. They can all be accessed through a subscription and simple app, check out more here
Cycling charities and groups
Bike for Good is a charitable community enterprise which recycles donated bicycles and runs a host of initiatives to help encourage cycling for all
Common Wheel provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness, through cycling at bases in Maryhill and Bridgeton
Freewheel North offer cycling on their own bikes for a wide range of groups including those with disabilities, adults new to cycling, and young people
Sustrans is the leading cycling and walking development charity in the UK
Soulriders create a stronger community through cycling, with a particular focus on Black and Minority Ethnic Glaswegians
South West Community Cycles is based on the periphery of Pollok Country Park and work to relieve poverty, improve the health and education of local people, and provide affordable and accessible cycling related activities
Drumchapel Cycling Hub is a community-based project which makes cycling accessible and available for all ages and abilities and provides free bike hire, cycling skills sessions, and led rides for families and community groups
Cycling tours and activities
Explore the city – no matter your level of fitness – on a guided bike tour
“Make those who live here feel like tourists and make tourists want to live here” with their bike tours
This is Scotland’s first indoor velodrome and only the fifth to be built in Britain. It hosts the thrilling Track League and offers people of all abilities and ages the chance to follow in the tracks of Sir Chris Hoy, Katie Archibald or Neil Fachie MBE
This is a haven for mountain bikers and offers green, blue, red, and black circuits, depending on your level of experience
The state of the art facility at Glasgow BMX Centre is Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track and only the second in Britain