Saddle up and get back in the swim!

Friday, 9 August, 2019

Cycle for a Swim is ready to make a splash again - giving people the chance to claim a free session at local leisure centre pools ... provided they use pedal power to get there!

If you cycle to the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden, the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs or Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre between 1 September and 31 October 2019 then you are eligible for a free dip in the pool.

The initiative proved popular in February/March 2019, when a total of 618 free swims were claimed by pedalling patrons across the three centres.

To secure your free swimming session just cycle to one of the three local centres, take a selfie on your bike outside and then show it to reception colleagues.*

The scheme is being run by the Council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, and funded by the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme - which is aimed at encouraging active travel.

Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, "I am pleased to see the Cycle for a Swim initiative return for September and October - giving people the chance to claim a free session in the pool if they cycle to one of our three leisure centres.

"It's important to try to stay active for health and wellbeing - as well as enjoyment - and both cycling and swimming are great ways to do just that.

"This is just one of the initiatives we are looking at to encourage people to enjoy active travel."

Sandy Marshall, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, "I am delighted to welcome back Cycle for a Swim. Well done to everyone involved from the Council and EDLC.

"I hope it continues to inspire people of all ages to get out and about, and also to access the wonderful leisure facilities available locally."

Cycle for a Swim is one of the Council's initiatives to encourage people to cycle, walk and use public transport - tying in with its Active Travel Strategy 2015-2020.

Pedalling patrons are also being invited to try out active travel routes in East Dunbartonshire.

For more information on local active travel routes - including the East Dunbartonshire Cycle Map, which features 17 routes to try out - visit

For more information on the leisure centres and pools – including opening times – visit

* Offer subject to pool availability, please check ahead. Bikes should be secured and are left at owners’ risk. Pool use subject to the terms and conditions set out within the EDLC Pool Admission Policy.

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