Glasgow Kelvin College officially launches Cycle Hub for students, staff and community.
Everyone encouraged to adopt a healthy, sustainable lifestyle by new college resource.
The GK Velocity Cycle Hub was officially opened by Councillor Anna Richardson, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Convenor at Glasgow City Council who unveiled a plaque and, with Keith Irving, CEO of Cycling Scotland and Alan Sherry, College Principal, dispersed ‘wildflower bombs’ to mark the occasion.
The brainchild of a group of Glasgow Kelvin’s Support to Learn students and staff in 2016 to encourage outdoor and cycling activities, the GK Velocity project gathered support and momentum. This culminated in funding from Cycling Scotland to appoint a Campus Cycling Officer and support from the City Council Community Planning Partnership to build a Cycle Hub.
The building has been constructed using sustainable materials, including larchwood cladding and a sedum roof, and will provide a resource centre for cyclists – a one-stop shop for training, information, repair & maintenance and motivation for an active and healthy lifestyle.
The construction of the Hub also provided hands-on experience for many of the Construction and Carpentry students at the College who worked to build and finish the structure, gaining workplace skills such as team working, problem solving and planning.
A key element of the College’s sustainability agenda, the Hub will also support the Health & Wellbeing aims of Glasgow Kelvin College, particularly in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Officially opening the Cycle Hub, Councillor Richardson said;
“Glasgow Kelvin College are to be commended for this fantastic project which will encourage more staff and students to try cycling. Our educational establishments have a key part to play in making Glasgow a sustainable, bike-friendly city.”
In addition, earlier this week Cycling Scotland awarded Glasgow Kelvin College the ‘Cycle Friendly Campus Award – with Distinction’, the first college in Scotland to receive such an award which was presented at the opening ceremony.
Handing over the certificate, Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland Chief Executive said;
“Today’s award recognises the commitment by Glasgow Kelvin College to get more students and staff cycling, regardless of age or ability.
The Cycle Friendly Campus award is funded by Transport Scotland to improve facilities for cycling and the Springburn Campus is a worthy recipient of this Award.”
Principal of the College, Alan Sherry, said;
“None of this would have happened without the collaboration and hard work of our students and staff and we are grateful to them, as well as our funders, for allowing us to create this fabulous building.
We are delighted that the work of Agne Buraityte, the Campus Cycling Officer has culminated in this attractive and sustainable resource for our College community, as well as national recognition from Cycling Scotland.
It now falls to us to ensure it is a busy and well-used resource and we won’t let them down!”