BUSINESSES in Glasgow are being invited to sign-up for an event to find out more about the work being done in preparation for Glasgow to host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, this August.
The in-person engagement event, being held at Platform on Thursday, 30 March 2023, is being organised as part of the Get Ready Glasgow campaign, developed by Glasgow Life, in partnership with 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships event organisers and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
From 3-13 August 2023, the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be hosted in Glasgow and across Scotland. It will be the single biggest cycling event in history, bringing together for the first time 13 existing UCI World Championships into one mega event
Glasgow is hosting eight of the world championships across five venues in the city. This includes the road race world championships that will see elite athletes taking to city streets on five days of competition.
Road Race World Championship competition dates:
• Saturday 5 August – Juniors
• Sunday 6 August – Men Elite
• Tuesday 8 August - Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
• Saturday 12 August – Men Under 23
• Sunday 13 August – Women Under 23 & Elite and Para-Cycling
Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign for all the communication and engagement work being carried out to keep the city open for business and moving in the lead up to and during the event time.
It will also be used to make sure the city is ready to welcome athletes, media, volunteers and visitors from around the world and businesses can capitalise on opportunities and be prepared for event time.
A Business Ready Guide will be available to download from getreadyglasgow.com after the engagement event.
All attendees must register via the Eventbrite link to come along on the evening. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-ready-glasgow-2023-uci-cycling-world-championships-business-event-tickets-578937245887.
The engagement event comes as details of the impact of the road races on this city’s road network are announced. These measures are needed to build the courses and facilitate the safe delivery of the road races for participants, spectators and business as usual operations.
- The road events will have an impact on movement around Glasgow city centre and west end on competition days and on the days before, as restrictions and closures come into force.
- Parking restrictions and road closures will be in place to allow athletes to familiarise themselves with the route, to race safely across the city, and for the safety and enjoyment of the tens of thousands of people who are expected to line the route in support of the riders.
- Parking restrictions on road race route and adjoining streets will come into force on Monday 31 July with the courses being built and barriers deployed from Tuesday 1 August. The majority of these restrictions will stay in place until Sunday 13 August.
- Road closures will come into effect from 0001hours, Friday 4 August until 2359hours, Tuesday 8 August and then again on 0001hours, Saturday 12 August until 2359hours, Sunday 13 August.
- More detailed road closure information with timings and accompanying access and egress plan for businesses and residents on or within the Glasgow road race circuit will be available from end April, at getreadyglasgow.com.
More detailed information and maps will be put on the Get Ready Glasgow website getreadyglasgow.com to help prepare for event time and plan ahead. People can register on the site for email updates and newsletters as well as make specific inquiries.
The campaign also includes further engagement sessions and drop ins for businesses and residents, in the lead up to the event.
Businesses, residents, and visitors are being urged to use public transport on these dates as the best way to travel around the city.
A traffic management plan will be in place around the city centre and west end to keep traffic moving as with previous city events.
Routes for emergency services will be unaffected.
Businesses and residents on or adjacent to the road courses will receive specific communications to advise and support them in preparation for the likely impact they may experience during specified periods, and the measures that will be put in place to minimise disruption.
As we move towards event time there will be various ways in which our businesses and residents can show their support for the event and get involved, including cultural collaborations and participation in community-led events.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The purpose of Get Ready Glasgow is to ensure that business and residents have the information they need to go about their daily lives during the Cycling Worlds.
“For businesses it is also to provide information for them to begin to think about how they may want, or need to, adapt their operations, particularly on the days where the city is busier than usual, and there are road closures, due to the road races.
“Glasgow already has an immensely strong track record in delivering some of the world’s biggest events – from the Commonwealth Games to COP26 and I’m clear that local communities and businesses have always played a really invaluable role in that success.
“They make sure we are ready to show our best face to the world and help secure a lasting legacy for Glasgow when the show is over.
“We want to make sure Glasgow is open for business during the championships and that businesses are once again able to get involved and make the most of our city’s time at the centre of the sporting world.”
Trudy Lindblade, Chief Executive Officer, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, said: “The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be set against the backdrop of some of Scotland’s most iconic and spectacular locations, including Glasgow.
As our host city, Glasgow’s landmarks and local residents will take centre stage throughout the Championships, in a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city, its events and its people to the world.
We’re really looking forward to working with all of our partners across the city to deliver this incredible event, and to ensuring Glasgow remains open for business and that businesses of all kinds can get involved, as we get ready for all the action this August.”
Richard Muir, Deputy Chief Exec, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar with over 2,600 elite cyclists from over 120 countries arriving to compete across 13 championships, and Glasgow is very proud to host such an historic occasion.
“It is estimated that over million spectators will enjoy the action and will add £67m to our economy.
“Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has been supporting Get Ready Glasgow since the 2014 Commonwealth Games to help businesses understand what role they can play in these global events and ensure they are fully engaged throughout. Our rich history of hosting international events is in no small part down to the many local businesses to contribute to its success.
“It is vitally important that plans are made and implemented to handle the event and its impact on the day-to-day running of the city, and Glasgow Chamber is ready and willing to support these plans in our role as the mechanism to engage with the business community.”