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Initiatives, storage and maps

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The Travel Plan Office can provide a range of information to help staff get more active by cycling. We will post information here on events that are scheduled.

If you would like to be added to the circulation for the Bicycle Users Group, please email travelpo@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

Cycle initiatives
Cycle storage options

There are a range of cycle storage facilities at our acute sites for staff to use. Bicycles should be secured using an approved lock. Any bicycles left over a period of time will be removed to ensure availability of these facilities for those who need them on a daily basis. Guidance on how to secure your bike is available here.

For more information on changing and showering facilities, please contact the relevant Site Facilities department. For more information on cycling to work, including Cyclescheme, please contact travelpo@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Gartnavel General/Royal Hospital
  • Secure cycle shelters are located at the main entrance to Gartnavel General (30 bikes) and adjacent to the Beatson (20 bikes)
  • Secure cycle shelter (10 bikes) at car park near Admin Building. 
  • Cycle racks are also located outside J B Russell House and Gartnavel Royal
  • There is also a Bike Repair stand at the secure cycle shelter at the main entrance to Gartnavel General
  • The key for the Beatson cycle shelter and Gartnavel General main entrance is available for a £5 refundable deposit. Contact the General Office, attached to the Cashiers Office in the admin corridor at Gartnavel General
  • Showers are available in the Administration building, JB Russell House and west end of West House for Gartnavel Royal and are located within staff changing areas. Please contact the respective site Facilities Management for more information.
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Cycle racks for 50 bikes and clothing storage lockers are available internally at ground floor level within Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) in the link corridor. The lockers require a £1 coin to operate (deposit)
  • There is also secure cycle storage at the entrances at Medical Block (30 bikes) and at New Lister Building (20 bikes), with cycle racks outside the entrance to New Lister Building, towards the rear of MacEwan Building and at the car park at A & E
  • There are also cycle pods outside New Lister Building, which are managed by the University
  • There are shower facilities available in Centre Block ground floor level near to security desk, key available from security. Showers are also available in male and female changing rooms outside wards 24 and 33 of Surgical Block. There are also female showers in the female changing rooms in QEB lower ground level.
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • A secure shelter for 10 bikes is located outside the main hospital entrance. Bicycle lockers are situated adjacent to the main hospital entrance area
  • There are staff changing and shower facilities available on Level ‘B’ (lower ground floor).
New Stobhill Hospital
  • Secure cycle storage is located at the main hospital at East & West entrances. Cycle racks are also located at these locations.
  • Secure cycle storage for 10 bikes at shelters at Skye House and Belmont Centre.
  • Showers are located within the staff changing area on the third floor of the main hospital.
New Victoria Hospital
  • There is a secure cycle shelter located at the main entrance to the hospital. There are cycle racks in the underground car park
  • There is also a Bike Repair stand at the secure cycle shelter at the main entrance
  • The code for the shelters is available from Facilities 
  • Changing areas with shower and locker facilities are located within the secure staff changing area on the second floor of the hospital
  • There is also a Bike Repair stand at the secure cycle shelter at the main entrance to New Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital & Royal Hospital for Children’s Campus
  • There are various secure cycle stores at the QEUH campus: Capacity is shown in brackets
    Maternity block (10), opposite A & E entrance (20) adjacent to the Office Block (100), rear of the CMB (60), Neurological Sciences (10), Lollipop Lane (10). Click here to see the nearest cycle parking to your place of work on the campus and information on staff shower and changing facilities
  • There is also a Bike Repair stand at the “Yellow” bike shelter at car park 1, near the entrance to Children’s Hospital.
Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • A secure shelter is available at the main entrance to A & E and at the side of the Paediatric Building
  • There is also a cycle shelter situated at the top of the main patient and visitor car park
  • There are an additional cycle lockers situated between the main concourse and OT/Physio area (small external area)
  • Contact Cashiers Office at ground floor, near cafe, for access to the shelters. Simon Millar – Chair of BUG 0141 314 6609 (46609)2 can also provide support
  • Showers are available within staff changing areas within the Main Building, Theatres and Maternity.
Vale of Leven
  • A secure, enclosed cycle shed is situated across from the only bus stop on the site, which is positioned at the old entrance to the Maternity Unit 
  • There is also a cycle rack under the covered area directly behind the bus stop where bikes can be secured safely for a short period of time only.(Not overnight)
  • Changing and shower facilities are available within the male and female changing rooms
  • To obtain a key for entry to the secure bike shed a small deposit is required which should be paid to the cashier at the main entrance who will issue the key.
West Glasgow ACH
  • Secure cycle parking is available at the main hospital entrances. There are also bike racks in these areas
  • Female staff changing area with shower and locker facilities are located on the ground floor within the Bute corridor.
  • Male changing and shower facilities are located on the 1st floor of the tower opposite the Staff Coffee Lounge.
Cycling and walking maps

NHSGGC have developed walking and cycling guides for our Acute Sites.

The maps provide information for staff, visitors and outpatients walking and cycling routes, public transport options and access points surrounding the site.

Please click on the links below to access and download a copy:

Cycle to Work Scheme

Cyclescheme bike availability

With the increased demand for cycling, many retailers are struggling to meet demand. Before submitting your application, please check your preferred retailer has your bike in stock. This will also ensure you know how much you need to apply for. 

More information on stock availability is available by clicking here. 

Cyclescheme upper limit increase

From 1st June 2020, the upper limit for Cyclescheme for NHSGGC increased to £4,000, meaning even more people can become regular cyclists and afford higher-priced items like e-bikes and have the opportunity to explore cycling as an option for their commute. 

Cycling is not only good for your health, it saves you time and money and is much better for the environment. Through Cyclescheme you can save between 25-39% on a brand new bike and accessories and spread the cost over 6 or 12 months through your salary. 

1. It’s here to stay; the scheme is effective and will continue to run
2. You can now save on bikes of any value using the scheme
3. You can now get any accessories and components you need to stay in saddle.

Benefits
  • Save money on the cost of a brand new bike and equipment, average saving is around 32%*
  • Get Fit by cycling to work.
  • Lose weight.
  • Reduce your individual carbon footprint.
  • Save money on your regular fuel bill.
  • No stress having to find a parking space.
  • Good scenic cycle routes away from the congested main roads.
  • Easy to use online scheme
  • Have a new bike and/or equipment within 14 days.
Scheme description and application process explained

The Cycle to Work scheme is a salary sacrifice scheme, this means that instead of making a ‘direct’ saving on the purchase you make the saving on your tax and NI contributions as the monthly deductions come off your gross wage (pre tax & NI.)  For example – prior to this change if you wanted to get a £1,500 cycle to work package you would have requested a certificate for £1,000 and added £500 of your own funds. This would have resulted in a standard rate taxpayer saving £250 (inc. an ownership fee). Now, you would save £375 (inc. an ownership fee). Everything you need to stay in the saddle

Important information. Please read before applying
  • In line with other salary sacrifice schemes, pension contributions into the NHS pension scheme are deducted from your full salary before the deduction of the salary sacrifice. If you need any more information, please contact your Payroll Officer before applying
  • The deductions must not take you below the lower earnings limit
  • You must also be employed by NHSGGC for the period of the hire agreement (6 and 12 month hire options are available if staff are on a contracted post)
How to apply
  1. Visit here in order to find a Cyclescheme retailer you wish you shop with and get a quote for your desired bike package, alternatively if you know how much you want to spend just apply for that amount. 
  2. Visit the Cyclescheme website here and enter the required details – you will also need to agree to and sign your online Salary Sacrifice Agreement as part of your online application. The code for NHS GG & C is 6b370
  3. Travel Plan Office will review your application and approve or decline it.
  4. If approved you will receive an email from Cyclescheme to start the Sign & Collect process and at this point you will need to confirm which Cyclescheme retailer you are using.
  5. You will then receive your Certificate number and Redemption Code by e mail. Take this in-store to your chosen retailer/or follow the online retailer process steps and redeem for your Cyclescheme package.
  6. Whilst you are in store the retailer will redeem your certificate. They will then send you an SMS with a link to sign your Hire Agreement. Once completed you can head home with your new cycling gear.
  7. Payments will be deducted from your weekly/monthly salary over 6 or 12 months, usually beginning the month following application.

The only items you’re not allowed to save on are:

  • GPS ride trackers and navigational computers
  • Cameras (such as GoPros)
  • Car bike racks
  • Turbo trainers or rollers.
End of hire agreement.

At the end of the hire period (12 months), Cyclescheme will contact employees to discuss the three options available.

  1. The most attractive option for employees and the one that NHSGGC would always recommend will be to pay a small, refundable deposit (3% if under £500 or 7% if £500+ of the certificate value) and continue to use the bicycle or safety equipment for an extended period of up to 36 months upon which time the bike and/or equipment will be transferred to you.
  2. Hand back the bike and or equipment (not recommended)
  3. Pay the HMRC set fair market value, 18% if under £500 and 25% if £500+ (again, not recommended) which would make the bike/equipment ‘yours’ after 12 months however this reduces drastically the savings made through the scheme

More information on the end of hire process can be found here

Further information

Contact Cyclescheme on info@cyclescheme.co.uk or email travelpo@ggc.scot.nhs.uk