Progress is being made at a rapid pace with Play on Pedals; last week we held our first meeting with potential project stakeholders to introduce the project and invite comments and suggestions from their wide ranging experience. Organisations represented included Sustrans, PEEK, Glasgow CIty Council, Ed’s Bike Co-op, Education Scotland, NHS Health Improvement Team, Grounds for Learning, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow Life, Play Busters, North Glasgow Homes, Drumchapel Family Learning Centre and Westercraigs Nursery.
After we had presented the Play on Pedals project and thanked the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their support, lots of representatives had ideas and questions about how we will roll out the project and how they can be involved. Suggestions about the best way to deliver the training to nurseries and communities, how to create a sustainable legacy from the project and ideas about how to measure the differences that this project will bring to Glasgow’s children are some examples of the topics we discussed. People were also interested to hear more about our mass cycling Glasgovia event next year and how we plan to close down some of Glasgow’s city streets for a day of cycling fun.
We were lucky to be joined by Cllr Frank McAveety who offered some lovely words of encouragement – recognising the enthusiasm within the room and stating he was happy to support the initiative. It’s very exciting to have Cllr McAveety on board, given his commitment to sustainability issues and cycling within the city.
I think it is safe to say that everyone came out of the meeting feeling positive about the opportunities possible and keen to get started. Over the next few weeks we will be meeting with various groups to develop links and involvement further. We are also currently writing our brand new early level training resources and have news about our official launch *with special celebrity to be announced* so watch this space for more information….