Social inclusion project widens access to cycling - new reports published

01 November 2019

Three new reports published today, demonstrate the success of the ‘Bikes for All’ cycling inclusion project in encouraging a range of population groups to cycle.

A strong message from the findings is that this social inclusion approach is crucial alongside the city’s continued investment in safe cycling infrastructure to ensure an equitable approach to encourage cycling and active travel.

Recruitment to the Bikes for All project was targeted at people on low incomes, those not currently cycling, those without access to a bike or those from populations less likely to cycle. Participants were recruited by Bike for Good staff through their links with community groups across the city.

Bikes for All aims to reduce inequalities in access to cycling through the provision of low-cost bike hire alongside focused support. A subsidised annual membership to the city’s bike hire scheme, nextbike Glasgow, together with one-to-one advice, group rides, route-finding tips and road skills, have been successful at breaking down known barriers to cycling such as inexperience, lack of confidence and low income.

Two surveys were issued to participants, one at the start of their involvement, and another three months after participation.

Download the evaluation report

Separate commissioned research was undertaken by Research Resource which explored the experiences of participants. The report presents findings from focus groups and interviews.

A summary of learning is also available

Two infographics summarise the findings and showcase quotes from participants.

Summary infographic
Participant quotes infographic

Bikes for All findings infographic

Bikes for All quotes infographic










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