A bit of confidence and the right bike is all you need. This is easy with a little help.
Cycle training is available for adults and children. This can be training to improve your basic and on-road skills and confidence or just opportunities to go for a ride with others.
Bike for Good provides Cycle training in groups or on a one to one basis as well as getting you started with the right bike for you.
Freewheel North offers a range of services including cycle training and the promotion of accessibility via led rides with various adapted and specially constructed cycles.
Belles on Bikes offers rides suitable for women of all abilities, cycle training for those new to cycling, a bike loan service, maintenance training and the opportunity to meet other women cycling.
Meet up is a good place to look for other people at your level who want to cycle
Your Local Bike Shop can help you get going. Find yours here or select link below for those in East Dunbartonshire.
It’s a lot quicker and easier to get around by bike than you think. In most cases, trips under 5km are quickest by bike. And apart from that it’s a lot of fun.
Our local maps of Milngavie, Bearsden, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie detail the available routes and journey times for local destinations.
Visit the Bears Way page to find out more about the award winning cycle lane.
If you are commuting, consider Bike-Bus or Bike-Rail. All major towns in East Dunbartonshire are linked by excellent rail services to Glasgow and Edinburgh, with cycle parking at all stations. ScotRail allows free carriage on trains and Next Bike and Bike & Go provide inexpensive hire services at the other end. What more could you want?
For more information on getting places by bike, visit Sustrans.
* The John Muir Way, which runs through East Dunbartonshire, is the ideal way to discover some of Scotland’s unique historic environment.
The 134-mile route – which stretches across Central Scotland - takes in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
In the East Dunbartonshire area, the trail passes through various local communities and gives people an opportunity to discover the fascinating history of the nearby Antonine Wall.
Just for leisure
In East Dunbartonshire you’re never far from fantastic places to cycle for fun alone or with family and friends.
- Forth & Clyde Canal
- Mugdock Country Park
- Campsie Fells
- National Cycle Network Route 754 (Canal Path)
- National Cycle Network Route 755 (Strathkelvin Railway Path)
Or if you’re just getting started, pop down to your local park. You’ll find your way using your local map.
Get the kids cycling
For advice on getting started with the family, visit Sustrans.
East Dunbartonshire is rolling out Bikeability training to primary school children throughout the area and has delivered Play on Pedals training to every nursery. These schemes need volunteers to be sustainable. Please contact the organisations directly or your local school or nursery to help out.
Plan your route
Your cycling confidence and experience will influence how you get around. A route planner (for utility trips) or route finder (for leisure) is an invaluable tool. There are a few available and many provide options to avoid hills and traffic. You can access them online, by phone or download your route to another device.
Another useful application is Journeyshare which allows you to find someone to cycle with who is making the same journey. This is particularly good if you are new to cycling or just prefer to cycle in company.
For more information on routes and the National Cycle Network, visit Sustrans.