Media Release: Glasgow at centre of bid to make cities more cycle-friendly

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THIS weekend, 30 cities around the globe will host unique 48-hour hacks aimed at making their environs more cycle-friendly – with Glasgow at the heart of the events.

Cyclehack® 2015 is taking place simultaneously in Scotland’s largest city in partnership with worldwide locations – including London, Athens, Tokyo and Sydney – bringing people together to create change aimed at solving the barriers to urban and rural cycling.

Spread over three days, starting on 19th June, ideas and prototypes will be tested either side of guest speakers, practical workshops, debut films and prizes for the best hack solutions.

The Glasgow event will also host a BBQ and DJ party on the Saturday evening.

Tickets info, news and full line up and weekend agenda are available at this link,

People of all ages and cycling proficiency are welcome to attend, armed with their own personal cycling barrier.

Says a spokesperson: “By joining together with designers, developers, makers and people who move across their locations in different ways, citizens are offered the opportunity to create hacks and encourage policy change in their respective locales.”

Sponsored by Sustrans Scotland, this year’s event has grown in scale following the success of the inaugural Cyclehack weekend last summer, which saw Glasgow, Beirut and Melbourne connect as original host cities.

Homegrown cycling product innovation and policy change in the last 12 months has bolstered the Glasgow event towards attracting guest speakers such as Scottish Green Party co-oonvenor and keen cyclist, Patrick Harvie, and Fran Millar, founding member of Team SKY and sibling of Scottish champion road racer, David Millar.

Also being given a special free screening is the much talked about cycling documentary, Bikes vs Cars, directed by Swedish filmmaker, Fredrik Gertten.

The 3.30pm screening will act as a centrepiece of the Saturday Maker Faire session starting from 11am-5pm.

CycleHack has teamed up with the Scottish Documentary Institute to showcase the film across the UK.

As a visual record of the weekend, CycleHack will be crowdsourcing footage of its event locations from amateur and professional filmmakers around the world.

Creatives interested in supporting the capturing of images and video are encouraged to sign up in their local town or city, with the production of the film scheduled for crowd-funding post-event.

This year’s organisers and participants will be hopeful of matching the unexpected success of last year’s biggest hack hit, Penny in Yo Pants.

Adds the spokesperson: “The product designed in Glasgow, which blossomed from the practical simplicity of attaching a skirt together – creating ‘a more bikeable experience’ for women – grew to attract over 3.2million Vimeo hits, while being featured in Cosmopolitan magazine and UK national newspapers.

Focused on upscaling the reach of Cyclehack’s mission in preparation for next weekend’s event, co-founder, Sarah Drummond, says: “Our aim is to give even more people agency and the tools to change their cycling experience, no matter where they live around the world.

“Last year, Cyclehack helped to empower citizens, allowing them think about taking autonomy for improving cycling barriers into their own hands.

“With 30 cities onboard in 2015, it is awesome to see such empowerment spread globally.”

Where is Cyclehack Glasgow taking place?

The Glasgow event takes place at SWG3 between 19-21 June.

Full details of the weekend’s running order, ticket information and how to participate can be found on this link.

More info on other worldwide event locations can be read here.

Glasgow CycleHack®


Further Information and Agenda:





Cyclehack contact information

Overall CycleHack®





Bikes vs Cars screenings during Cyclehack, 19-21 June


Glasgow – CycleHack®

Crouch End – ArtHouse, CycleHack®


Hackney – Picturehouse Cinema

York – Picturehouse Cinema

Cambridge – Picturehouse cinema

Frome – West Way Cinema

Brighton – Komedia

Barcelona – Teatro de Sarriá

The Cyclehack Team

Sarah Drummond, director of Design and Innovation


Johanna Holtan, director of Communications


Matt Lowell, director of Global and Networks


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