Being a father of three children and a fairly new resident to Glasgow I’m keen to get out as a family to explore our new surroundings in and around the city. My youngest are twins, aged 5 and adore our cycling adventures. I love to talk about our family cycling adventures with suitable routes for those with young children, hopefully to inspire other parents!
As my kids are so young, I’m keen on segregated lanes or traffic-free routes where possible. If not, we tend to travel on quiet streets to local places and when we are exploring further away from the city we may take a train with our bikes to join on to specific cycle routes.
The Milngavie Waterworks is a favourite of ours, it’s very close to Mugdock Park and on a nice day can offer lovely views of the city. We started walking here when my twins had balance bikes. Now they have progressed onto their own pedal bikes it is still a place that they enjoy coming to and it feels really safe. Having said that, there are some steep banks in sections so I’d recommend this place when children are fairly competent riding a bike, and keeping a close eye on them!
Accessible by car or train, there are various routes around the reservoirs, some wide paths and some off-road sections that are easily manageable for little ones. On a nice day, the paths can be busy with walkers and runners.
Blog post by Community Development student Stuart Radose
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