The Glasgow Polite Cycling campaign was launched to the public on Tuesday 11th November on the River Kelvin Way near Kelvinbridge subway station.
It will feature a promotional campaign and the distribution of free slap bands that carry the polite cycling code. As well as helping to make cyclists more visible, the slap bands also double as trouser clips. These will be available from Glasgow City Council, SPT and from Glasgow bike shops. To claim your free slap band and a cycle information pack, contact the Glasgow City Council cycling helpline on 0141 287 9171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The River Kelvin Way is a good example of a route where cyclists, joggers, walkers, families and pets all share the same space and a little bit of polite cycling goes a long way.
The Bike Polite campaign has been given the 2007 Innovation Award by Cycling Scotland. This award was presented to Spokes & The Graphics Company by Cycling Scotland Chair Bill Wright at their annual conference in Glasgow on 13th Nov 2007.
Bike Polite also featured on Richard Bacon's Radio 5 Live phone-in that day, which debated the question "Who's the bigger menace on the road - cyclists or motorists?"
Slap bands from the Spokes Edinburgh campaign are now only available direct from us, by ringing 313 2114 and leaving a note of your name & address, & we will send you a free slap band.
Cycle campaign group Spokes celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 by mounting a campaign to promote considerate cycling. 10,000 reflective trouser bands overprinted with four "Bike Polite" slogans have beien distributed through Edinburgh cycle shops & through Police Road Safety Officers & cycle trainers.
"This campaign is necessary because of the increasing number of cyclists in Edinburgh. Although the vast majority of cyclists behave properly, we do receive complaints about the reckless or selfish behaviour of some cyclists."
comments Ian Maxwell of Spokes.
The Bike Polite trouser bands, which can be worn round ankles or wrists, are themselves retroflective.