East Dunbartonshire’s Cycle Co-op, the cycle promotion NGO, has developed Bishopbriggs’ and East Dunbartonshire’s first indoor bike ramps- EDs Ramps. Internationally acclaimed, Vision Ramps, who built Red Bull Rider Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate set in Kelvinhall, took on the task of making the best use of the limited space available.
There are over 400 names on the Facebook ‘Campaign for Bishopbriggs Skatepark’, and while it’s not a free outdoor skatepark, ED’s Cycle Co-op has delivered the next best thing, indoor bike ramps, available whatever the weather, in a safe and secure environment for young people to express themselves.
Thomas Flockhart, 15 from Bishopbriggs Academy said:
“These indoor bike ramps are great and ED’s Cycle Co-op has done an amazing job with the space and finance available. Being able to ride and volunteer in EDs Ramps is a dream come true for me, doing what I love and building experience at the same time.”
Bethan France, Youth Worker in Bishopbriggs Community Church noted:
“The Youth Café was delighted to support ED’s Cycle Co-op with fiancé to purchase and build the indoor bike ramps. It’s something that our users have asked for and ED’s Ramps delivers for our community.”
Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire commented:
"It is wonderful to see ED’s Cycle Co-op continue to develop, offering new services and opportunities for young people in the area. The creation of five new part-time posts for young people is great news."
Fiona McLeod, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
“The Scottish Government has already supported ED’s Cycle Co-op to deliver sustainable transport project Good Moves Bishopbriggs, however this complementary activity, self funded, further consolidates young people ability to get about by bike."
EDs Ramps are accessible to all, from 3 years of age to anyone willing to give it a go. There are BMX bikes and safety equipment for hire as well as experienced and qualified staff on hand to guide and advise those who need a little help.
Picture from left to right back row:Bethan France, Jo Swinson, Fiona McLeod and Mark Kiehlmann
Christopher Eastwood, airborne!
Thanks to Jonathan Ashworth for the photo