Wheatley Group creates 500 new bike storage spaces

Wheatley Group creates 500 new bike storage spaces

Christian and his family

Tenants in communities across Scotland are being encouraged to get on their bikes and help the environment thanks to Wheatley Group.

The group has worked with partners to create 500 bike storage places. The new bike stores can be found in 27 locations in Wheatley neighbourhoods across the central belt and in the south of the country.

In Glasgow, funding from Glasgow City Council’s high rise bike storage scheme has resulted in eight 20-space bike shelters being created in Wheatley communities across the city.

Tenants in Lincoln Avenue in Glasgow’s Knightswood area are the latest to benefit thanks to funding of £200,000 from partners, including the Social Housing Partnership Fund from Cycling Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s High Rise Cycle Storage Fund.

The Social Housing Partnership Fund supports social housing providers across Scotland to improve walking and cycling facilities for the benefit of tenants.

Wheatley Group creates 500 new bike storage spaces

Five armadillos have been installed, with local community youth group Linkes lending a hand to decorate the shelters and make them more visible to budding cyclists.

Christian and Monica Lopez, who are tenants of Wheatley Homes Glasgow – part of Wheatley Group – have been taking full advantage of the bike hubs. Christian, 28, said: “It’s great to have somewhere to store our bikes, as it is impractical to have them at home and they take up a lot of space.

“We’re really thankful for the bike hubs because they are secure, and it makes life a lot easier for us.

“I use my bike more now when travelling to work, especially in the good weather. We also cycle a lot on family days out with our son. Not only do we get the health benefits, but it saves on fuel costs as well.”

Stephen Devine, director of assets and sustainability at Wheatley Group, added: “Thanks to this funding, we have been able to create secure spaces where tenants can store their bikes.

“These new shelters can make a big difference in our communities. It reduces the number of cars, encourages tenants to keep fit and healthy and helps reduce emissions. We hope to be able to roll the bike scheme with a further 500 spaces in the near future.”

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