Monday 30 October
Five fascinating study tours are available to choose from. Each tour will have a designated ride leader who will inform delegates of the route, timings, breaks and general safety guidelines.
If the weather is especially inclement, the decision to cancel the tour will be at the discretion of the designated ride leader. An alternative virtual tour / walking tour will be provided where possible.
Study Tours run from 12.30(sharp) – 16.00(approx) at a moderate pace and with plenty of stops to look at features en route.
Full joining instructions will be issued in due course.
If you are bringing your own bike, it should be roadworthy and compliant with the Highway Code. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and avoid wearing or carrying anything that could get caught in the bike such as loose bag straps or long jackets. Please bring your own helmet if you are taking part in a study tour. However a limited supply will be available on the day.
Please note that Study Tours are only available to delegates booking a 2-day ticket to the Conference.
A) Inclusive Communities, featuring Free Wheel North and CamGlen Bike Town
Leaving from Glasgow City Centre, delegates will have the opportunity to cycle using NextBikes, Glasgow’s public cycle hire scheme bikes, and will cycle on the South City Way, to Soulriders, a community-led organisation that provides access to cycling opportunities to people in the South side of Glasgow. Here delegates will hear about the work of the organisation, and its community-led focus. The Sustrans-led tour will then move on to Bike for Good’s new centre on Victoria Road. Delegates will be met by Bike for Good staff, be taken around the centre, and hear about the work of Bike for Good, as well as the planned infrastructure projects along Victoria Road. Refreshments will be available. Delegates will then cycle back along the South City Way, and return to the city centre to complete the tour. Distance approximately 7 miles.
D) Community-led regeneration and wide scale monitoring, featuring Scottish Canals
This cycling tour will lead delegates through the city to the canal network in Glasgow. The tour offers delegates the opportunity to cycle along part of the picturesque canal route, and see some of the cycling infrastructure in place. Delegates will then be met by a representative from Scottish Canals who will deliver a short talk on the cycling projects and initiatives along the canal, including their innovative approach to community engagement; ‘Unlocking the Story’ app, which enables visitors to interactively explore the canals heritage; and their extensive programme of monitoring. Refreshments will be available. Delegates will then cycle back to the start point to complete the tour. Distance approximately 5 miles.
E) Walking, Cycling and Re-generation in Paisley (walking tour)
Delegates will travel by train from Glasgow Central Station to Paisley Gilmore Street. Leaving from Paisley Gilmore Street, this walking tour of Paisley will show how a town centre is adapting to future needs and how cycling and walking have the potential to be intertwined with regeneration. Paisley is the largest town in Scotland and has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. It also has major plans for regeneration and features the second highest number of listed buildings in Scotland. The tour will give delegates the opportunity to hear about town centre regeneration, integrated transport, heritage tourism, visit the Paisley campus of the University of West of Scotland, a Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly Campus, the town’s links to the NCN, and how the City Region Deal can shape travel across the city region. Delegates will return to Paisley Gilmore Street to conclude the tour, and return by train to Glasgow.