Coun­cil wants to hear your views on fu­ture of cy­cling

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to make their views on the fu­ture of cy­cling in the towns be known.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are draft­ing their first ever cy­cling strat­egy, and lo­cals have un­til July 22 to have their say.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have al­ready been ear­marked as “bike towns” by the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment trust while plans are be­ing drawn up to cre­ate a new cy­cle route be­tween the towns.

Cam­bus­lang has even been put for­ward as the pos­si­ble site for a new multi-mil­lion na­tional cy­cle road-rac­ing cen­tre.

Cam­Glen Bike Town, part of Healthy ‘n’ Happy, will play a part in cre­at­ing the coun­cil’s plan.

The coun­cil aims to im­prove the ex­ist­ing net­work, in­crease the num­bers of peo­ple cy­cling and max­imise the ben­e­fits to the econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment.

This will be done through three main themes: cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture, pro­mo­tion of cy­cling and cy­cle train­ing.

The draft doc­u­ment also con­tains in­for­ma­tion on the fund­ing and de­liv­ery of projects as well as how the strat­egy’s ef­fec­tive­ness will be mea­sured.

A South La­nark­shire Cy­cle Part­ner­ship was es­tab­lished last year to look at all as­pects of cy­cling in the area as well as form­ing the ba­sis of the draft strat­egy.

Chair of the South La­nark­shire Cy­cle Part­ner­ship, and de­pute chair of the Coun­cil’s En­ter­prise Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son, said: “As a coun­cil we have in­vested a lot in re­cent years for cy­clists in our area.

“How­ever, we are al­ways aware of the need to do more and keep pro­mot­ing cy­cling as an al­ter­na­tive, sus­tain­able form of trans­port as well as a fun, healthy ac­tiv­ity for all the fam­ily.

“The draft strat­egy recog­nises this and sets out a clear in­di­ca­tion of how we will move things for­ward.

“It also very de­lib­er­ately lists spe­cific schemes across all parts of South La­nark­shire that we want to achieve.

“This shows peo­ple the level of am­bi­tion we have and is a mea­sure of how se­ri­ously we take this.

“Our hope is that by im­prov­ing the in­fra­struc­ture, peo­ple will be en­cour­aged to cy­cle more, or even to take it up.

“I hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble take the time to read it and we welcome any views they may have.

“I would also like to thank all the mem­bers of the Cy­cle Part­ner­ship for their time and ef­forts in help­ing us come up with a strat­egy which of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive vi­sion for cy­cling in the next five years in South La­nark­shire.”

The fi­nalised ver­sion of the doc­u­ment will be pub­lished in the au­tumn.

Go to http://www.south­la­nark­ uk/down­loads/file/9684/cy­cling_s­trat­e­gy_ con­sul­ta­tive_­draft_2015_-_2020 to view the draft doc­u­ment.

Wheel deal South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are want­ing opin­ions on their pro­posed cy­cle strat­egy

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