Dan Thurlow, Director of Exhibition Sales, SECC and Jonathan Heastie, Event Director, All-Energy 2015, announced the free bike hire outside the SECC as the show opened yesterday..
Glasgow has invested heavily in cycle routes across the city, opening up attractions, architecture and sightseeing to visitors looking for a more enriching and greener form of transport. The SECC agreed a partnership with city bike hire company NextBikes to offer complementary access to the bikes at the exhibition.
The agreement for All-Energy will give visitors and exhibitors unlimited access to the bikes for up to 45 minutes a time, allowing them to get to and from the exhibition and conference, but also to explore the city of Glasgow before or after their visit to the show. NextBikes have over 30 sites across the city, meaning visitors can easily pick up and put down their bikes depending on what they want to do.
“We’re delighted with this initiative, it underlines and endorses the core message of sustainability that resonates from our event,” commented Jonathan Heastie, All-Energy. “Glasgow and the SECC have really bought something special to the event and I know both our exhibitors and our visitors will be delighted.”
“This is a genuinely green show run by people who care about the environment, so together we’re encouraging as many visitors and exhibitors to take advantage of our partnership with NextBikes, it’s a great way to easily get to the SECC and a brilliant way to see Glasgow,” commented Dan Thurlow, SECC. “This is the first year All-Energy has come to the city and we want to give their visitors a brilliant experience here in Glasgow.”
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow’s success can largely be attributed to its close city-wide relationships, a unique framework working in unison to achieve great results. “The SECC’s new partnership with Nextbike is an innovative example of this and showcases Glasgow’s position as a forward-thinking, world-class conference destination which puts delegates at the heart of its conventions offering.”