A popular scheme offering people of all ages a free session at local leisure centre pools – provided they use pedal power to get there – is back to make a splash in 2020.

Cycle for a Swim aims to inspire residents to get out and about, and also to access the first-class facilities available locally.

If you cycle to the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden, the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs or Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre between 1 February and 31 March 2020 then you are eligible for a free dip in the pool.

The initiative proved popular in February/March 2019 when a total of 618 free swims were claimed by pedalling patrons.

The campaign ran again in September/October 2019 and the uptake almost doubled, with an incredible 1,133 free swims claimed.

To secure your free swimming session just cycle to one of the three local centres, take a selfie on your bike outside and then show it at reception.*

The Council-run scheme, supported by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, is funded by the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme – aimed at encouraging active travel.

Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, “I am delighted that Cycle for a Swim is returning in February and March 2020 – building on the success of previous campaigns and encouraging people to stay active for health and wellbeing.

“The phenomenal figures from September/October show how popular the initiative has become – with the number of free swims almost doubling compared to earlier in 2019.

“Cycle for a Swim is just one of the ways the Council encourages people to cycle, walk and use public transport – tying in with our Active Travel Strategy 2015-2020.”

People are also being invited to try out active travel routes in East Dunbartonshire.

For more information on local journeys – including the East Dunbartonshire Cycle Map, which features 17 routes to try out – visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/healthyhabits

For further details on leisure centres and pools – including opening times – visit www.edlc.co.uk

* Offer subject to pool availability, please check ahead. Bikes should be secured and are left at owners’ risk. Pool use subject to the terms and conditions set out within the EDLC Pool Admission Policy.