Bi­cy­cle shel­ter given thumbs up at rail­way

Cy­clists wel­come ad­di­tional bikes space at sta­tion

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan News - Abi Smil­lie

A bi­cy­cle shel­ter is to be in­stalled at Gir­van Rail­way Sta­tion.

Plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the shel­ter was sub­mit­ted to South Ayr­shire Coun­cil at the end of Jan­uary with per­mis­sion be­ing granted on Thurs­day, March 1.

In­stal­la­tion of the new cy­cle shed will be to the west of the ex­ist­ing sta­tion build­ing on Vi­car­ton Street and will see 16 ad­di­tional shel­tered spa­ces, along­side the cur­rent 10 cy­cle spa­ces.

Coun­cil­lor Alec Clark was pleased with the de­ci­sion of the added fea­ture.

“It is good news - It’s a great thing for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Any­thing to do with mak­ing travel eas­ier, es­pe­cially en­vi­ron­men­tal travel like a bi­cy­cle shel­ter is very wel­come.

“Not only does it sup­port the green cre­den­tials of the pub­lic but it also sup­ports tourism.”

Cllr Clark con­tin­ued: “When you think about a bi­cy­cle shel­ter it’s not just for park­ing your bike, it’s also to sup­port health and fit­ness.

“So, I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted and hope­fully it’s the start of many more things to come.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hen­der­son agreed that the new hub would add to tourism across the town.

He said: “I am sure that this will en­hance tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area, as well as giv­ing an al­ter­na­tive way to ex­plore the town and sur­round­ing vil­lages.

“It is hoped that it can link with bi­cy­cle main­te­nance cour­ses be­ing run at Gir­van academy for stu­dents.

“The cy­cle hub is an­other small step in re­gen­er­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Gir­van and South Car­rick.”

ScotRail Al­liance Cy­cling Man­ager Kathryn Mackay added: “We want to join up jour­neys across Scot­land – and that in­cludes those jour­neys that start and end by bike.

“We’re con­fi­dent that the new cy­cle spa­ces at Gir­van sta­tion will be well re­ceived within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with them and en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to cy­cle as part of their train jour­ney.”

The new spa­ces are due to be com­pleted and avail­able for use by the end of this month.

I am sure this will en­hance tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as giv­ing an al­ter­na­tive way to ex­plore . . .

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