The Go Barrhead idea is simple: There are lots of benefits to be gained from making small changes to the way you travel. By walking, cycling or using the bus or train more often, we can all become healthier, make our streets safer, the air cleaner and Barrhead a nicer, healthier place to live, work and have fun!
Watch the Go Barrhead video.
Download one of two fun filled walking treasure hunts for Barrhead here.
Find out what Go Barrhead has achieved towards sustainable, active and healthy travel in and around the town in our April 2012 newsletter.Go Barrhead Newsletter April 2012 (PDF 4.12 MB)
A selection of bikes for all the family available to borrow at Auchenback Resource Centre and Barrhead Centre, Carlibar Road.
To sign up come along to either location at the times below and please bring with you a recent utility bill and photographic ID (ie. passport/driving licence).
Please contact Barrhead Centre on 0141 577 8506 for more information on the bike hire scheme.Read more >
We want you to Go Bananas with your camera when you are out and about walking.
Take a photo of you/your group but...don't forget to include a BANANA! Post your pics on the Go Barrhead Facebook page telling us where you have been.
We have two £50 vouchers for an outdoor shop to give away to the people who upload the most inspiring and slighty bananas pictures to our Facebook page!
To take part in this competition you must be 18 or over.
Check out the new Go Active Cycle Challenge - whatever your baseline fitness and activity level, take part in three simple cycling challenges and be in with a chance of winning £250 of gift vouchers.
Cycling Scotland Chief Executive Ian Aitken commented: "Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise and is an ideal way of increasing children's exercise routine. Getting children out in the fresh air also means they will arrive at school more alert and eager to learn. Research shows that children want to cycle to school so we hope by making sure drivers look out for them, more children in East Renfrewshire will get on their bikes and cycle to school."
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School pupils in East Renfrewshire are among the first in the country to undertake mountain biking within their PE curriculum. More than 500 S2 to S5 pupils at Barrhead High School began a course in practical cycling skills in May, which over the coming weeks will be rolled out to include lessons in bike maintenance.
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Incentivising a commitment to cycling has also produced real results at St John's Primary where a 14% increase in travelling to and from school by bike has been achieved through offering pupils free swimming or after school sports sessions at Barrhead Leisure Centre.
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The First Steps Go Walking Group meets at Auchenback Resource Centre, 64 Aurs Drive Barrhead at 10.30am on Thursday mornings each week and will take you on different routes throughout Barrhead. It is suitable for beginners at any age or ability.
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A new programme at Barrhead sports centre could help you lose weight and keep it off. Shape Up is East Renfrewshire's ten week diet and exercise programme at Barrhead Sports Centre to help you lose weight and feel great. Each week you'll also get a FREE voucher for your choice of swimming or one of the East Ren's popular fitness classes in Barrhead or Neilston. And they'll also get a goody bag packed with useful food measures and guides.
Shape up - further information
Residents in the Dunterlie area of Barrhead can access a new free weight loss and health programme. Weigh to Go Dunterlie occurs every Friday in Dunterlie Community Resource Centre from 9.30 until 11.30am. The free programme involves a weekly session with a weigh in and nutritional information and support.
Weigh to go Dunterlie - further information
Getting safely to Barrhead's Cross Arthurlie Primary School is now easier thanks to a £16,000 pelican crossing on the town's busy Paisley Road, provided as part of the Go Barrhead drive to get residents out of their cars and into healthier lifestyles.
Pelican crossing - further information
Find out that's on your doorstep with the Go Barrhead Community Guide. The guide shows a range of businesses, organisations and communitygroups that can provide help and assistance in making yourlifestyle healthier and more active as well as the range ofservices which you might be able to get to without evengetting in the car! Community guide (PDF 1.02 MB)
Now on the Go Barrhead website you can plan your walking route, save it and review it.
The route plotter will tell you:
Have a look at other people's recommended routes or log in and create your own.