Glasgow Climbing Centre introduces bike rides

Glasgow Climbing Centre has introduced a weekly bike ride for all staff.

The climbing centre, which employs eight full-time staff and 45 part-time staff, holds the bike ride every Wednesday afternoon.

Rob Watts, centre manager at The Glasgow Climbing Centre, said: “By nature of what we do, the people I employ are all generally keen on doing outdoors things. We’ve got climbers, mountain bikers and canoe enthusiasts.”

In its first week, seven staff participated, cycling a loop of about 30 or 40 miles around Glasgow. Watts added: “For the Commonwealth Games in 2014, one of the steeper hills on the south side of Glasgow has been made into a cross-country mountain-biking track. We might alternate between road cycling and heading out on our mountain bikes.”

The climbing centre has offered a bikes-for-work scheme for a year. It also has a basic workshop facility onsite, which contains a collection of equipment and tools for staff to use.

Watts added: “If anyone has problems with their bikes, they can come down and have it sorted out.”

Glasgow Climbing Centre was also commended for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of employees with a healthy workplace award from provider Simplyhealth.