Lochnell pupils on their bikes to officially open new cycle path
A NEW cycle path between the Sea Life Centre in Barcaldine and Ferlochan was officially opened recently by Lochnell Primary School pupils.
The three-mile path forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 78, the Caledonia Way, which stretches from Campbeltown to Inverness.
The path was constructed by the Scottish Government, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council and Sustrans Scotland, a charity which encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport to help both their health and the environment. Deputy director of Sustrans Scotland Daisy Narayanan, who attended the opening, said: ‘ We’re delighted to launch this great new section of route today and to have the opportunity to thank the local communities who have been so supportive throughout its construction.
‘The project is the result of years of partnership working between Sustrans Scotland, Transport Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and, crucially, local people. It’s great to see that it’s already being well used by visitors and locals.’ Elaine Rob- ertson, councillor for Oban North and Lorn, has been supporting the creation of the Caledonia Way for the past 12 years.
She said: ‘The route connects our communities in a sustainable way. It’s allowing children to get to school safely, and it’s well used by families out walking, people on horses, and local residents cycling between local villages. It’s wonderful to see how it’s progressed in recent years and I’m delighted that it’s been so warmly welcomed by local people and community councils.’
PEDAL POWER: Lochnell Primary School pupils, Daisy Navayanan and Elaine Robertson open the new cycle route next to
the Sealife Centre.