Published: 22nd Apr 2024 Images: Scottish Cycling

Riding towards a Sustainable Future on Earth Day 

Cycling goes beyond being just a sport; it’s a pathway to connect with nature and preserve it for the future. As we celebrate Earth Day, we’re excited to revel our Club Sustainability Guide, which is packed with practical tips and strategies for adopting eco-friendly practices in your cycling club. 

Embracing Sustainability 

Following the launch of our environmental policy statement earlier this year we have been busy at Scottish Cycling looking at how we can start to bring some of our ideas to life. We recognise the need to start by looking within our organisation and that work is well underway as we start our carbon baselining, and have implemented simple changes like incentivising active travel through our expenses policy. 

Alongside this we are committed to helping our community, and have heard from clubs that there is a lot of information out there, and it can be difficult to sift through it, so one of our first steps has been to create a Club Sustainability Guide, which brings together tips and ideas to help club’s get started on their sustainability journey.  

Key Features of the Club Sustainability Guide 

Many people hesitate to take environmental action simply because they don’t know where to begin. Starting with small, manageable steps is key. Our guide aims to help identify what some of those steps could be and offers practical tips, strategies, and resources to help cycling clubs adopt sustainable practices. From organising green events and ride clean initiatives, to recycling kit and inspiring others, we cover a wide range of topics to support clubs in their sustainability efforts. 

You can read our Club Sustainability Guide here.

Celebrating Earth Day 

Earth Day is an international call to take action to protect the place we call home. This year the theme is “Planet vs. Plastics” and aims to raise awareness of the harms of plastic pollution. The focus comes ahead of a historic UN treaty on plastics, which is expected to be agreed by the end of 2024. More than 50 countries, including the UK, have called for an end to plastic pollution by 2040.   

So, why not mark the day and host an Earth Day Spring Clean! Trash Free Trails have made it super simple with a handy digital pack. Whether it’s just a group of mates or a cycling club meet – they’ve got you covered.   

Or you could join an activity that is already happening: Tay Titans, in conjunction with Tayside Trail Association, Trash Free Trails, Orbea and Richard Cycles, are holding a ‘Pick, Dig, Ride’ day on Saturday 18th May at Kinnoull Hill, Perth. They plan to spend some time hunting for trash on the trails (there may be prizes involved). Then, they will get busy with some digging and finish off a successful day with a group ride. What a day! 

Finally, if you have an interest in sustainability and would like to be involved in conversations about what we’re doing, and help us drive forward our plans, please get in touch via [email protected]