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Gold, silver and bronze bike stands for towns across Scotland

Communities across Scotland will receive commemorative bike stands celebrating the success of Scotland’s medal winners, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced today.

Each Team Scotland medal winner will be allocated a stand in the colour of each of their medals and be asked to nominate a site in Scotland for the stand to be installed.

Transport Scotland, working with Cycling Scotland and Sustrans, will provide £100,000 for 120 bike stands, some of which will be special commemorative stands which will be painted gold, silver or bronze to recognise medal winners from across the country.

Sustrans and Cycling Scotland have already installed 85 legacy bike stands at 13 Games venues, which will be redistributed to employers and schools post Games. In addition, a further round of bids for the additional legacy bike stands will shortly be invited to help make Scotland more active.

The First Minister said: “We have seen phenomenal success at this year’s Games, with a fantastic Team Scotland who have bagged a record number of medals. I am proud that we are able to celebrate the success of Team Scotland in this way and encourage an active legacy within their communities.

“Gold, silver and bronze commemorative stands will be installed across the country following discussions with our medal winners. I’d encourage employers, educational establishments and communities  to bid for the additional legacy stands for your chance to own part of the Games.

“We want people to be inspired by what they have seen during the Games and become more active. I’ve been delighted to see bike stands that have already been installed so well used throughout the Games.  This is a golden opportunity for Scotland to achieve lasting change.”   

Ian Aitken, Chief Executive, Cycling Scotland added: “It is great to see so many people cycling around Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games, whether they are pedalling to and from venues or using the city’s brand-new nextbike public cycle hire scheme. This welcomed announcement to provide commemorative cycle stands from Glasgow 2014 into communities not only symbolises the link to the legacy of the Games and Team Scotland’s medallists, but it is also a tangible and practical way to encourage people to cycle in their local areas.”

Sustrans Scotland Director, John Lauder, said: “Events like the Commonwealth Games have the power to inspire a nation and it is vital that we work together to ensure Scotland  benefits from its legacy.

“To this end I am proud that Sustrans Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland have worked together to provide the Legacy 2014 cycle stands for the Games and are able to contribute to the continuing legacy of the event.

“The cycle stands will help more people to get on their bikes for years to come, serving as a constant reminder of Scotland’s success and ensuring the Games have a positive and lasting effect on our health, the environment and the economy.”