Glasgow Bike Station is freewheeling in good directions.
First – this weekend – they re-locate to new, bigger premises in Haugh Street, Yorkhill. ‘We’ve over run the tiny space we started with in Barrowlands,’ explained Richard Kidd, the workshop manager.
In the expanded space, they’ll have more space for recondition bikes for sale and bike repair workshops among the other bike related activities the charity fosters.
Their newly acquired Awards will also be given display space in the sales show room. Earlier in March The Glasgow Bike Station won first prize at the Scottish Green List National Awards. The 2012 event honoured those working to make a difference to sustainable development in Scotland.
Gregory Chauvet, Bike Station Project Manager, said: ‘I am extremely proud of everyone at The Bike Station for their continued hard work throughout the year and for winning this prestigious award.’ It was presented by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson and announced by Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive, Derek Robertson.
The Glasgow Bike Station picked up a further two awards the next day (Wednesday14 March) at the Grow Green Awards held at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.
The first was for Best Sustainable Transport Project in Glasgow and the second for Outstanding Green Project in Glasgow.
The awards recognise individuals, groups, schools, and local businesses that made a real difference; whether getting people out on their bikes, growing their own food or even setting up community composting schemes.
Greg said: ‘These awards act as a catalyst for everyone at The Bike Station. It pushes us all to work towards a more cycle and environmentally friendly city.’
The project is one of more than 40 across Scotland granted Scottish Government Climate Challenge Funding. Their ‘A Better Way to Work’ events which promote cycling, walking and public transport as convenient and sustainable ways to travel to work, continue to keep The Bike Station on the move.
By Jonathan McGinley
Maryhill based MSP Bob Doris is calling for a drastic modernisation of Glasgow’s Subway system and is planning to take this proposal to the Scottish Parliament.
The politician, who is running for the Maryhill and Springburn seat in next years Scottish Parliamentary elections, feels that the Subway system, affectionately known as the ‘Clockwork Orange’, is an integral part of Glasgow society. He is calling for a modernisation of ticketing, stations, tracks and carriages.
Mr Doris has written to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)- who run the service- asking for them to prepare a detailed business plan for a modernisation of the system. Glasgow’s Subway system first started in 1896 and last received a refurbishment 30 years ago .
Mr Doris has met with Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson and Finance Secretary John Swinney in an effort to get the Scottish Parliament on board with the proposal.
The MSP said: ‘ I met with the Transport minister Stewart Stevenson back in August to make sure he was on board with the modernisation proposal. He indicated he would expect detailed proposal to come from SPT, hopefully before the end of this year.’
A spokesperson for SPT said that they have submitted a business plan for modernisation and are awaiting a response from the Scottish Government. Mr Doris feels the Government are behind the modernisation drive, he said: ‘Future reliability of the service depends on action being taken sooner than later.’
Very Glasgow, Very Gallus
by Lynsay Keough, photos Stuart Maxwell
‘Very Glasgow, Very Gallus,’ said Scottish Government Minister Stewart Stevenson, when he saw the plans, a year ago, for the “Phoenix Flowers”. The Cowcaddens art project was formally opened by him on Monday 28 June 2010 and the fifty, giant, pink, orange and yellow flowers were finally in bloom.
‘The Phoenix Flowers Project creates a vibrant gateway between the Glasgow city centre, the North of the city and the Forth and Clyde Canal and I’m delighted to have been able to open it today,’ he said. ‘This project represents a key milestone in the overall regeneration of the North of the city, and credit must go to the businesses, community groups, residents and schools who have all played an important part in this work.’
The towering aluminium flowers, which range in height from five to eight metres and which have two metre wide petals, are part of the award winning transformation of a run down underpass near Cowcaddens underground on the site of the former Phoenix Park.
They form part of an important and colourful gateway between the city centre and the developing creative and cultural neighbourhood on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal at Speirs Wharf. This is just one element of the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership’s plans to revitalise key hubs on the Glasgow stretch of the waterway which also includes Maryhill.
The £1.5 million project won a Scottish Design Award in the ‘Future Buildings and Spaces’ category. It was commissioned by the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership and was designed by 7N Architects and rankinfraser landscape architecture.
The idea of developing Speirs Wharf into an important cultural centre is already becoming a reality. Scottish Opera purpose-built their production studios in the area in 1997. And the Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama, the National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Academy Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA), and the Tollhouse Studio now all have premises on the banks of the canal.
Steve Dunlop, Director in Scotland for British Waterways said: ‘The Phoenix Flowers project has already become a major talking point with Glaswegians and creates new interest in an area that has been neglected for many years. We hope, in time, they will continue along the canalside.’
Gemma Mackenzie and Martin Graham
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP visited Glasgow Central Station to launch a campaign for the High Speed Rail Link to be extended from London all the way to Glasgow.
He was joined by Glasgow SNP candidates Osama Saeed, John Mason MP, Malcolm Fleming and Patrick Grady.
Last month, the Government announced plans for the rail link which would extend from London to Birmingham. If the link was extended as far as Glasgow it would reduce the journey time from 4.5 hours to 3.5 hours.
The minister explained that there was a clear need to move people from air travel to train travel.
He said: ‘We currently have seven million journeys a year from Scotland to London, only one million of these are by train. There are clear advantages in terms of the boost for jobs and the economy.’
The first part of the plan for 120 miles of new rail line between London and the West Midlands would cost between £15.8bn and £17.4bn. Work is due to commence on the project in 2017.
Driech Scottish weather was unable to dampen the spirits of Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson as he launched a five-year plan in north Glasgow on June 21.
In conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) The Minister set out plans for green measures to provide a brighter future and help indigenous species adapt to climate change.
Speaking at Dawsholm Local Nature Reserve in Maryhill, part of the Clyde Valley green network, Stewart Stevenson said: ‘Scotland has positioned itself at the forefront of international action on climate change.
‘This ambitious legislation will help Scotland take advantage of the opportunities presented by the move to a low carbon economy.’
The SNH outlines include a series of measures in which our nature and landscape aim to meet the challenges presented by the changes predicted, these include:
● Creating and managing green networks around towns and cities to increase the opportunities for wildlife to adapt and flourish as well as delivering other benefits
● Planning for sustainable future renewables schemes
● Protecting carbon stored in peatlands and capturing carbon by growing new woodlands
● Managing coastal lands to help adapt to the effects of rising sea levels
● Managing wetlands and floodplains as natural systems which can help reduce flood risk
It is hoped these measures will help certain species which will face additional pressure in the face of climate change.
It was conceded that among Scotland’s wildlife there would be ‘winners and losers’.
Some species may only be able to survive by being translocated to a new area. But SNH has advised that this strategy is to be used only as a last resort as it is costly, time-consuming, and there is no guarantee of success.
Professor Colin Galbraith, SNH’s director of policy and advice, said: ‘Protected areas, including those privately owned and managed as well as those owned by SNH, will remain important for species and habitat conservation.’
‘What is certain, however, is that climate change is here and the actions we take now can go a long way to addressing future challenges.
‘Our aim is to inform the people of Scotland about these changes and provide advice on adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.’