Narrowboaters and cycling charity join Canal Co-op

Glasgow Canal Co-op has welcomed a new member and new associate member to its groups of organisations working to unlock the canal’s potential to create a vibrant area in the north of the city for people to live, work and visit.

Narrowboaters Glasgow, a representative organisation for boaters in the Glasgow area, became the Co-op’s 18th member, while Free Wheel North, a cycling charity based in Maryhill, has joined as an associate member.


Together they will work with existing members including Hamiltonhill Claypits Nature Reserve, Scottish Canals and others, on improving collaboration, utilising local skills and assets and developing new experiences for visitors and residents to the Forth and Clyde Canal between Pinkston and Firhill.

Colin Robertson of Narrowboaters Glasgow, said: “The members of Narrowboaters Glasgow live, work and play on the canal so we are looking forward to being involved in projects which benefit the local area. Not only do we have a unique connection with the canal, we have a range of experience to draw on to make the area covered by the Co-op even better than it already is.”

Norman Armstrong of Free Wheel North said: “By becoming an associate member of the Co-op we hope to work closely with others to help this part of north Glasgow reach its full potential. 

“Free Wheel North exists to enable everyone regardless of ability to enjoy outdoor space and activity, especially through cycling but for wheelchair users, pedestrians and children and are keen to work with others to ensure access, inclusion and community empowerment when it comes to enjoying the public space around the canal.”

Glasgow Canal Co-op Project Manager Anna Young said: “We would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest members of the Glasgow Canal Co-op who join a diverse and passionate community of people working together along the canal. We look forward to collaborating with both of them to continue the ongoing regeneration of this unique and exciting part of the city.”