David Millar outside the Barrowland Ballroom, 2014 Commonwealth Games time trial, Glasgow (credit: Delph Wynd Daily) It turns out that Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch’s passion for getting around by bike (link is external) isn’t the only common thread linking cycling with Glasgow’s vibrant music scene (the medal podium-cum-outdoor music venue in George Square for this month’s UCI Cycling World Championships doesn’t count because it was temporary, unfortunately).
Researchers at the University of Glasgow, exploring the links between the city’s cultural and environmental footprint, have now created a map which overlays Glasgow’s many music venues with its sustainable and public transport infrastructure, with the aim of encouraging live music lovers to cycle to their next gig.
Matt Brennan, a professor of popular music at the University of Glasgow, hopes the Glasgow Music City Map (link is external) will inform conversations with policy makers and venue owners about how the city’s cultural life – which has spawned influential bands and artists such as Frightened Rabbit, Primal Scream, Chvrches, Simple Minds, and countless others – can interact and align with sustainable transport planning as Glasgow works towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
Created in collaboration with Glasgow City Council and Creative Carbon Scotland, the map contains information on over 220 live music spaces in Glasgow, including the iconic Barrowland and King Tut’s venues, layered with details of infrastructure such as cycle hire stations, bike racks and parking facilities, and recommended cycle lanes and paths.
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