Cycle Republic has today marked its 20th UK store with the opening of a Glasgow city centre branch.
This represents the second branch in Scotland opened in the past year, with the firm’s interest in the north coming in tandem with the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland; a strategy put in place to nudge modal share towards 10% of journeys by bike by 2020.
The current Scottish Government has committed to maintaining record levels of cycling investment for the remainder of their parliamentary term. The investment will be utilised as part of an ambitious six year plan to enhance infrastructure and change behaviour towards sustainable travel; the ultimate aim to make Scotland a safer, more active nation.
Profiled right here on CI.N earlier this year, the Cycle Republic business is a more agile animal than you might think and has been producing some impressive ideas to serve the commuter journey as a complimentary extra to sales.
Cycle Republic’s arrival in Glasgow apparently signifies the company’s desire to support fledgling cycling markets. A study commissioned by Cycling Scotland estimated that cycling is worth over £500 million a year to Scottish Economy. This value incorporates manufacturing, retail and tourism activity, but fails to account for the additional benefits in health, the environment or traffic congestion.
The retailer has already been announced as the Official Mechanical Partner of the Etape Loch Ness, Nightrider and Pedal for Scotland sportives, all of which take place later this year. These three events alone will see almost twenty thousand participants.
Commenting on the latest store opening, Cycle Republic Managing Director Peter Kimberley stated: “I’m delighted to open Glasgow; our twentieth store in just over three years. Scotland has seen huge uplift in cycling recently and I wanted Cycle Republic here to support wherever possible. As always, we’ll bring an incredible range of award winning cycle brands and an unparalleled workshop experience to our customers!”
Cycle Republic’s 4,500 square foot Glasgow store stocks over 130 bikes and is located within the Scottish Legal Life Society Building at 107 – 109 Bothwell Street.