Coun­cil to pub­lish cy­cle strat­egy

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will pub­lish its first ever cy­cling strat­egy, cov­er­ing the years 2016 to 2021.

Coun­cil­lors on an en­ter­prise ser­vices com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, Tues­day, agreed to pub­lish the plan that will de­ter­mine cy­cling de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion over the next five years.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are likely to play a key role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the strat­egy.

The two towns 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, played 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.

The pub­li­ca­tion fol­lows a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise that took place be­tween March and July last year.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors will read:“In re­cent years, ex­cel­lent progress has been achieved in de­liv­er­ing im­prove­ments to cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture.

This progress has been un­der­pinned by in­for­mal but ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing on a se­ries of in­di­vid­ual projects.”

The strat­egy will also help the coun­cil achieve their sus­tain­abil­ity ob­jec­tives.

Of­fi­cers say the doc­u­ment should be pub­lished by the end of this month.

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