SOUTHSIDE cyclists who only want to bike for some of their journey will be excited to learn that a cycle centre is opening near a rail station.
Cyclists will be able to Park and Ride soon at Pollokshaws West station after funding was granted to turn a derelict building into a cycling resource centre.
South West Community Cycles received £135,000 from the Stations Community Regeneration fund, which was launched by Transport Scotland and train operators ScotRail to modify disused railway stations which can be transformed for some other purpose.
South West Community Cycles is a community charity which seeks to promote cycling.
Founder Donna Foote said: “Local people had a vision of what this old building could become if everyone pulled together and we are delighted to have reached this stage, with our new cycling resource centre likely to be open early next year.
“We want to open up access to cycling, to encourage people from all walks of life to give it a try — and this centre will do just that.”
Transport minister Keith Brown visited the station on Tuesday.
Mr Brown said: “We are keen to encourage more people on our rail network and we know that extras such as enhanced station facilities make a difference in that respect.
“Through the Stations Community Regeneration fund we are seeing old, derelict buildings transformed into cafes, art galleries and, in this case, a cycling resource centre.
“Passengers using Pollokshaws West station will soon be able to cycle to the station and leave their bike in secure storage before boarding the train, hopefully encouraging more people to cycle for at least part of their journey.
“More people are showing an interest in cycling following the Olympic Games and it is important that we capitalise on this momentum in the run-up to our own Commonwealth Games in 2014.”
The work is being undertaken by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and is expected to be completed by next spring.
The station is beside Pollok Park which has a variety of cycle tracks and cyclists will also be able to make use of the bike repair workshop.
And, for those without wheels, there will be a cycle hire facility.
There will also be a cafe serving hot food and drink, lockers showers and a changing room.