Cy­cle plan is on track

£1.1mil­lion in­vest­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

A new net­work of c yc l e lanes and paths in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is en­cour­ag­ing more and more peo­ple to get on their bike.

And in­vest­ment in the net­work is set to con­tinue with £1.1mil­lion to be spent on cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture this year across South La­nark­shire.

A num­ber of routes through­out the area have been pro­vided or im­proved in the past year by con­struct­ing new paths as well as sign­ing and lin­ing works, along with al­ter­ing traf­fic sig­nals on ex­ist­ing roads.

They in­clude routes in Ruther­glen and both Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are set to ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional works be­fore April next year.

A pub­lic­ity cam­paign called “I cy­cle be­cause” is also un­der­way and ad­verts and leaflets are ap­pear­ing and be­ing dis­trib­uted at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the coun­cil area this month.

Chair of the South La­nark­shire Cy­cle Part­ner­ship, Coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son, said: “I am de­lighted we have such a tremen­dous net­work of cy­cle routes across South La­nark­shire.

“We are com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to cy­cle as much as pos­si­ble but to do so we have to en­sure the cor­rect in­fra­struc­ture is in place.

“Hav­ing per­son­ally vis­ited and tried out cy­cle paths across all ar­eas of South La­nark­shire, I am con­fi­dent we are build­ing a net­work which will be ex­tremely well used and ap­pre­ci­ated by cy­clists of all lev­els.

“There are tremen­dous ben­e­fits to get­ting on your bike and cy­cling more.

“Not just with re­gards im­prov­ing your health and fit­ness, but also the fun you can have ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or as part of a group.

“Cy­cling is an ex­cel­lent way for all the fam­ily to take part in some­thing that gets ev­ery­one out in the fresh air and en­joy­ing some of the fan­tas­tic views and scenery we have right on our doorstep.”

Fund­ing for the cy­cle paths im­prove­ments comes from the coun­cil, Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port ( SPT) and SUS­TRANS.

In ad­di­tion, fund­ing has also been ob­tained from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Cen­tral Scot­land Green Net­work ( CSGN), Air Qual­ity Fund (AQF) and Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP).

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Lo­cal Trans­port Strat­egy 2013 to 2023 con­tains a num­ber of cy­cle poli­cies and ac­tions.

The poli­cies re­late to con­tribut­ing to the na­tional tar­get and en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to travel ac­tively on school jour­neys.

On track

Coun­cil­lor Graham Simp­son at Hamil­ton Road in Ruther­glen

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