Glasgow Kelvin Velocity Cycle Hub is an innovative and key element of the College’s sustainability agenda, based at the College’s Springburn campus. It is the product of ideas put forward by a group of the College’s Support to Learn students and staff, aimed at encouraging outdoor and cycling activities.
The project gathered momentum and support from the College and wider community in 2016, culminating in funding being provided by Cycling Scotland to appoint an on-site Cycling Officer, and support from the City Council Community Planning Partnership to build the Cycle Hub.
Since its opening in early 2018, the Hub has been very well received by students, staff and the local community, providing a stop-shop for training, repair and maintenance facilities, and travelling information for cyclists. Its commitment and dynamic response to delivering education and raising awareness of active travel in the community has been highly commended.
These were recognised, firstly, through receipt of the ‘Cycle Friendly Employer Award’, in November 2017, and more recently, with the ‘Cycle Friendly Campus Award – with Distinction’. These were presented to the College by Cycling Scotland, where they cited the College’s commitment and active response to delivering educational opportunities and raising awareness of the importance of active travel in the community.
“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.”
(Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland Chief Executive)
Sustainability and recycling of materials were at the core of the Hub’s design, with materials such as larch wood cladding, and a sedum roof, being integrated in the final construction. It has four core spaces: a training/ classroom area, an office, maintenance facility, and social space.
Building the facility also provided several hands-on, work experience projects for a number of the Construction, Carpentry and Engineering students at the College, helping to develop workplace skills, including problem solving, team work, planning and delivery.