Meet Jo and find out why she loves cycling
Over the coming weeks we're delighted to share the stories of five individuals involved with the VeloCommunities project.
We'll find out what inspired them to get involved, why they started cycling and the benefits they experience from choosing to go by bike.
We hope that the Spokes People films will inspire you to get on a bike.
The VeloCommunities project is run by Bike for Good in Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). And the Spokes People films were produced as part of the VeloCommunities embedded artist initiative in partnership with Creative Carbon Scotland. Theatre-maker Lewis Hetherington and film-maker Geraldine Heaney were embedded in the inspiring work of the VeloCommunities project and produced a variety of films collaboratively with participants and staff.
Our first Spokes Person is Jo Harris who lists exercise, finding new cycle routes, and no longer needing to own a car as benefits of getting involved with the project.
…I haven’t got a car any more and it is really about lightness on the planet and so I really, really…that’s why I wanted to ride here as well.
Jo Harris, VeloCommunities project participant
Many more of us cycled than usual during the first Covid-19 lockdown. And if we swap car travel for pedal power, we'll be playing a part in reducing air pollution and climate change causing carbon emissions. Commuting by bike can be a great way to enjoy socially distanced travel and has both physical and mental health benefits.
Bike for Good are just one of the organisations offering free cycling support which currently includes a special initiative to help keyworkers commute by bike.
Find out more about CCF projects offering free support for sustainable travel via our interactive map here.
We manage the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and have staff that support applicants, Grant Recipients and other community-led organisations wanting to take action on climate change.
09 March 2021