MSP HARPER WELCOMES CYCLING INVESTMENT IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has welcomed the announcement of £1.7million for Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly initiative.

 

With Dumfries & Galloway being the natural place to cycle and enjoy the rural landscape, Ms Harper is encouraging workplaces, secondary schools, community groups and social housing providers across the region to apply to the £1.7 million fund from the Scottish Government which supports more people to cycle.

The Cycling Friendly fund aims to make it easier and more accessible to cycle in the places where people live, work, study and spend time – which this year will contribute to a greener recovery as the country continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis which has seen a 50% increase in people cycling across Scotland, according to Transport Scotland.

Organisations can apply for a range of initiatives, such as installing cycle parking, upgrading shower facilities for the future or buying bikes and maintenance equipment. Campuses can also register their interest to receive funding that will make it easier for students at our colleges and universities to cycle.

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Ms Harper said;

“I have supported many local cycling initiatives in Dumfries & Galloway and I welcome this latest investment including for safer, segregated cycling routes. We have the most beautiful landscape to explore on our doorstep and hopefully investment into cycle routes will encourage even more people to choose to cycle.

“Cycling gets people into the fresh air and is a great way to exercise. It is also being used as a social prescribing opportunity by GPs to support weight loss programmes. E-bikes have also proven extremely popular and the additional support of a battery powered e-bike can help people to cycle who may never have considered getting back on a bike.  

“I’d like to encourage all eligible groups - workplaces, schools and community groups across Dumfries & Galloway, to apply for the funding to help people travel affordably and sustainably.”

Jeff Frew, Cycling UK Development Officer for Dumfries and Galloway, said:

 

“The last few years have been exciting for cycling in Dumfries and Galloway with new groups and activities emerging right across the region from Stranraer to Dumfries. We’ve seen growing collaboration and new developments like all-ability cycling for people with additional needs and cycling hubs. It’s no wonder that the pedal bicycle was invented here, as this region has some of the best cycling in Scotland.

 

During lockdown we have seen cycling levels more than double in Scotland, with many people in Dumfries and Galloway discovering or returning to cycling. This has been a glimpse of a healthier and more active future. We now need further investment and infrastructure to help keep those people cycling and encourage even more people to take to two wheels – hopefully this funding will do that.”

 

Sally Hincliffe of Cycling Dumfries said;

 

“During lockdown we carried out two cycle counts around Dumfries and found that on one rural road almost half of all traffic was people on bikes. In the town centre we counted almost 300 cyclists during six hours one Saturday. We are delighted to see so many more people walking and cycling around Dumfries and the surrounding areas but we do need more measures to provide dedicated space for cycling, whether temporarily or permanently, otherwise we fear that it will just be a temporary blip”.

 

The latest funding is additional to the £30 million distributed this year to help support temporary infrastructure for walking and cycling to better enable physical distancing and to keep people safe from traffic.

 The Cycling Friendly fund will make things easier for cyclists at either end of their journey through improved amenities.

 

Further information can be found on the Cycling Friendly Scotland initiative can be found on the Cycling Scotland website at: www.cycling.scot/cycling-friendly

South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has welcomed the announcement of £1.7million for Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly initiative.

 

With Dumfries & Galloway being the natural place to cycle and enjoy the rural landscape, Ms Harper is encouraging workplaces, secondary schools, community groups and social housing providers across the region to apply to the £1.7 million fund from the Scottish Government which supports more people to cycle.

The Cycling Friendly fund aims to make it easier and more accessible to cycle in the places where people live, work, study and spend time – which this year will contribute to a greener recovery as the country continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis which has seen a 50% increase in people cycling across Scotland, according to Transport Scotland.

Organisations can apply for a range of initiatives, such as installing cycle parking, upgrading shower facilities for the future or buying bikes and maintenance equipment. Campuses can also register their interest to receive funding that will make it easier for students at our colleges and universities to cycle.

Ms Harper said;

“I have supported many local cycling initiatives in Dumfries & Galloway and I welcome this latest investment including for safer, segregated cycling routes. We have the most beautiful landscape to explore on our doorstep and hopefully investment into cycle routes will encourage even more people to choose to cycle.

“Cycling gets people into the fresh air and is a great way to exercise. It is also being used as a social prescribing opportunity by GPs to support weight loss programmes. E-bikes have also proven extremely popular and the additional support of a battery powered e-bike can help people to cycle who may never have considered getting back on a bike.  

“I’d like to encourage all eligible groups - workplaces, schools and community groups across Dumfries & Galloway, to apply for the funding to help people travel affordably and sustainably.”

Jeff Frew, Cycling UK Development Officer for Dumfries and Galloway, said:

 

“The last few years have been exciting for cycling in Dumfries and Galloway with new groups and activities emerging right across the region from Stranraer to Dumfries. We’ve seen growing collaboration and new developments like all-ability cycling for people with additional needs and cycling hubs. It’s no wonder that the pedal bicycle was invented here, as this region has some of the best cycling in Scotland.

 

During lockdown we have seen cycling levels more than double in Scotland, with many people in Dumfries and Galloway discovering or returning to cycling. This has been a glimpse of a healthier and more active future. We now need further investment and infrastructure to help keep those people cycling and encourage even more people to take to two wheels – hopefully this funding will do that.”

 

Sally Hincliffe of Cycling Dumfries said;

 

“During lockdown we carried out two cycle counts around Dumfries and found that on one rural road almost half of all traffic was people on bikes. In the town centre we counted almost 300 cyclists during six hours one Saturday. We are delighted to see so many more people walking and cycling around Dumfries and the surrounding areas but we do need more measures to provide dedicated space for cycling, whether temporarily or permanently, otherwise we fear that it will just be a temporary blip”.

 

The latest funding is additional to the £30 million distributed this year to help support temporary infrastructure for walking and cycling to better enable physical distancing and to keep people safe from traffic.

 The Cycling Friendly fund will make things easier for cyclists at either end of their journey through improved amenities.

 

Further information can be found on the Cycling Friendly Scotland initiative can be found on the Cycling Scotland website at: www.cycling.scot/cycling-friendly