The Bike Station works with many employers in Glasgow and beyond to promote sustainable commuting by bike. We offer a variety of services both to support and encourage commuters who already cycle to work on a regular basis, and new or potential cyclists to start travelling to work by bike. As well as encouraging sustainable commuting, encouraging cycling to work means promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst employees.
Employers can now claim 50% of all training costs with Flexible Training Opportunities!
Flexible Training Opportunities gives businesses with under 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. SDS will refund 50% of the cost of up to 10 training courses with a maximum value of £500 per course.
Start a Bicycle User Group
Visit the Bike Station's ScotBUG website to register and start your own Bicycle User Group.
Dr Bike involves sending a mobile workshop and qualified bike mechanic to your workplace to service bikes cycled in by commuters on the day. Most minor problems can be fixed on the spot, with more major problems diagnosed and a bike “MOT” provided. Dr Bikes are used by a variety of organisations and employers to promote regular cycling and to reward cyclists. It even tempts new cyclists to cycle in for the day just to get their bike serviced. A regular timetable of Dr Bikes is the best way of ensuring its success.
Cost: from £50/hr - free for the first year thanks to Climate Challenge Fund
An increasing number of organisations and employers offer free cycle training to their staff as a way of overcoming one of the major barriers to cycle commuting during rush hour. The Bike Station is accredited by Cycling Scotland as a cycle training centre and provides the whole range of cycle training, all to national standards.
We can work with commuters with any level of cycling ability, planning their regular route and giving them the skills and confidence to cycle to work in all conditions.
Individual cycle training costs £20/hr, with 5 hours being the recommended number of sessions to cover each level.
Our experienced and qualified guides take your staff for a lunch time trip out and about on nearby quiet roads or cycle tracks, an excellent way to clear out the cobwebs and increase brainpower, as well as discovering suitable cycle routes near work. A lunchtime guided bike ride is an excellent way of finding out how easy cycling can be. Bicycles and helmets can be provided to help staff get back on their bikes.
Price on request - free if booked with Dr Bike
Bike taster sessions
The Bike Station brings a selection of the different bicycle types to try out; racers, mountain bikes, hybrids, folding bikes, a tandem bike, a load carrying bicycle, bicycle with trailer and some fun bikes as well. Clients experience the differences and get to ask questions helping them work out their ideal bike, or just to discover how easy cycling can be.
Price on request
Another incentive to get and keep commuters is to learn basic bike repairs, such as repairing punctures, fixing gears and brakes and general bike upkeep. The Glasgow Bike Station has a fully kitted out workshop with qualified instructors. Instructor can also come to your workplace if suitable.
A two-hour workshop for eight people costs from £80 to £120 subject to location.
Cycling Scotland can accredit your organisation or workplace as a cycle friendly employer, and the events described above count towards the steps you'll need to take to get the certificate. Cycling Scotland and the Glasgow Bike Station can provide further information and support to gain the accreditation.