Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling are effective, healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transport.

Benefits

NHS Scotland recommends that adults should aim to be active daily. There are recommended guidelines for your age at www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/keeping-active/guidelines

Active travel has many health benefits including:

  • Reduces risk of a range of diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps maintain and strengthen joints and bones
  • Improves your general mood and self-esteem
  • Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety

SPT is working with our partner councils to promote and encourage active travel across the SPT area. This includes investment in improved pedestrian links to public transport and in the regional and national cycle network.

Walking

Walking has many health benefits. As well as walking at the weekends and in your free time, why not walk more while you are at work?

Here are some suggestions if you want to walk a bit more during the working day:

  • If you commute by bus, walk to the next bus stop rather than to the nearest one
  • If you commute by train and live near the station instead of driving to the station walk once or twice a week
  • If you commute by car, park the car a little further away from the work place and walk
  • Go for a short walk at lunchtime
  • Walk to meetings

To find a walking route or plan a walking trip visit the Walk it website.

The SPT Capital Funding Program assists our council partners to develop and improve national and local path networks, helping to create safe and accessible walking routes throughout the SPT area.

SPT funding has been used to:

  • Improve walking routes to public transport
  • Provide signage and improve path surfaces
  • Develop and widen local paths
  • Create new paths to link local communities

Walking information

Cycling

 

Bike Parking

Bike parking is provided free of charge at various SPT Subway and Bus stations throughout Strathclyde. Please see the Bike Parking Terms & Conditions prior to using these facilities. Any bikes left overnight at the bike parking facilities may, at the sole discretion of SPT, be moved to safe storage for a period of two weeks to allow the owner to come forward and claim the bike.

To claim an abandoned bike, you must contact SPT; by email at enquiry@spt.co.uk; by telephone on 0141 332 6811; or by post at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, 131 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5JF. Please provide the following information when getting in touch:

  • Full name;
  • Address;
  • Email address;
  • Phone number;
  • A description of the bike (i.e. make, colour and model); and
  • Confirmation of the location where you left the bike.

We are committed to responding within five working days of receiving your enquiry. For information on how SPT uses personal information provided in connection with a claim to an abandoned bike, please see our Register of Bikes Privacy Notice.

Cycling information

  • SPT Journeyshare – Matches you up with others going the same route, so you can share your bike journey
  • Cycle Routes UK – A great site for finding Cycle routes, mountain bike trails and single track that has been tried and tested
  • Map My Ride – Search for cycling routes in your area
  • Cycling Scotland – Cycling Scotland is the national cycle promotion organisation for Scotland
  • Sustrans – A leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport
  • The Bike Station – Scotland’s largest bicycle recycling organisation

Further information on cycling in the SPT area