Play on Pedals, a new project funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery, has just been recognised as 'a games legacy for Glasgow' by Glasgow City Council. This is due to the contribution it will make towards a healthier and more active city.
As a Dream Fund winner, Play on Pedals received a whopping £231,957 from our players this year. This funding will allow the project's organisers to capitalise on the excitement and interest in cycling and create a lasting legacy for Glasgow's young people and families. This fantastic project is run by CTC, the national cycling charity, as well as the Glasgow Bike Station, Play Scotland and Cycling Scotland.
Over the next two years, Play on Pedals aims to enable all of Glasgow's four year olds to ride a bike before they start school. By distributing a bike fleet across 50 'hero organisations' in Glasgow, children will have access to both balance and pedal bikes. Thanks to the Glasgow Bike Station, children will also be able to swap their own bikes for larger ones. The project will culminate in 'Glasgovia', a mass participation family cycling fun day in 2015.
Polly Jarman, Development Officer of Play on Pedals, said, "We are really happy to be recognised as a games legacy for Glasgow and are committed to helping create a healthier, more inclusive and sustainable Glasgow."
Play on Pedals has gained lots of momentum over the last month with Councillor McAveety, Convenor of Sustainability and the Environment Policy for Glasgow City Council, expressing his enthusiasm and support for the project. The project's partners also recently met with the North Lanarkshire Council's Early Years team for advice on creating training resources for pre-school children.
A mascot logo competition, which was open to Glasgow primary schools, recently closed and the winning logo will be announced at the Play on Pedals official launch event in mid-May.