Cycle plan is on track
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.
Councillor Graham Simpson at Hamilton Road in Rutherglen