Lochnell pupils on their bikes to of­fi­cially open new cy­cle path

The Oban Times - - Community News -

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.

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