Byres Road event and road closure

Look, Live, Explore - Get Active event – 18 September
We have secured funding from BID Scotland to promote an active travel event, as part of European Mobility Week. Byres Road will be closed from Highburgh Road (south of the street) to Chancellor Street from 08.00 to allow for the event components to be installed. The events and activities will take place between 10.00 and 17.00 – the road will re-open as soon as all the elements are off the site. 

We have a wide variety of activities and attractions along the road to attract all ages to this stretch of road. These include:

•    The Clan’s Big Air Show: Scotland’s top stunt cyclists will perform huge jumps, flicks and other tricks

•    The Healthy n Happy Shake Machine is an exercise bike and smoothie maker in one. A fun and innovative way of getting exercise; pedal the bike and within minutes you will have a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

•    Free Wheel  North will be offering bike try outs for people of all ages and abilities. They will be bringing along a mixture of adult and children's bikes, multi person bikes and special needs bikes.

•    Fuel Efficient Driving Simulator offers the opportunity to learn to drive economically The simulator provides a hands-on experience of how fuel efficient driving techniques can save you money and reduce your CO2  emissions.

•    Street re-design: Sustrans  will help us re-imagine Byres Road using temporary mock—ups such as trees, cones, bales of hay and washable paint. 

•    Operation Play Outdoors: Craig and his team will lead traditional children's street games throughout the day, allowing people of all ages to join in.

•    The Bike Station
Local social enterprise The Bike Station will be on site with a joint Dr Bike/Fix Your Own Bike Session. Whether you need help with basic bicycle servicing or you want to learn to do your own repairs and maintenance, The Bike Station's experienced staff will be there to lend a hand.

•    NextBike
NextBike will be at the event to help you register for their cycling sharing scheme with over 30 locations across Glasgow. They will be offering free trials.

•    Walking Tours
The closure of the road also allows space to see things that normally get overlooked in the whirl of traffic. We are pleased to offer three thirty minute walking tours that will highlight the best of this part of Byres Road and its neighbouring streets. The walks will be led by local historian Ann Laird.

•    Enterprise Car Club
It’s possible to be a car user without being a car owner; Enterprise Car Club will be there to explain about their car sharing scheme. 

This is an opportunity to focus on the businesses on the southern end of Byres Road. For those of you who are usually closed on a Sunday, this is a chance to reach a new audience and develop new customers. We will be happy to work with businesses within the road closure area to develop your ideas for the day, or perhaps you can collaborate with another business to offer something different.

Open air cinema

Byres Road & Lanes BID has just announced an open air cinema in the Botanic Gardens. The films will be selected through a vote on our Facebook page, and will be shown on the 18th and 19th August. We've had a fantastic response so far, with over 20,000 people expressing an interest in the two screenings.

Each night will see up to 480 visitors in attendance. We want local businesses to benefit from this additional footfall, and would like to encourage you to offer a promotion to cinema goers so that they can enjoy a meal in the area, or come back the following day to discover Byres Road shopping.

If you will be offering a discount to cinema guests, please let us know so that we can include it on our website and social media. We would also be grateful if you would let your customers know about this fun and free event, which aims to bring more visitors to the West End.

Save the date!

Networking event invite

We are organising another networking event for our businesses and their employees on 26th July. An e-mail invite will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, but you can already register by following this link.

The networking event is an opportunity for levy payers to hear about our current projects and ask questions, but also meet with other business owners and managers. We have invited Jennifer Russell, town planning manager at the University of Glasgow, to be our guest speaker. She will talk about the redevelopment plans for the Western Infirmary, something we believe will be of interest to most local businesses.

The event is free to attend, but we would like to kindly ask you to RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you're coming.