Council’s bid to get more people walking and cycling

Work to encourage people to walk, cycle and consider 
alternative forms of transport is forging ahead in East Dunbartonshire.

The Active Travel Strategy 2015-2020 has been approved and adopted by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Projects include a walking and cycling ‘loop’ linking many of the area’s towns and villages by improving the existing network and creating new connections.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “The goal is to make East Dunbartonshire a place where walking and cycling for everyday journeys is a convenient, viable, safe and attractive choice for residents and visitors.

“That has benefits for our health and wellbeing, climate and environment, and economy, reducing congestion and improving the local area.

“The strategy also aims to improve connections between communities and help to bring people together.”

East Dunbartonshire already has a number of cycling and walking routes across the area, including the West Highland Way, Strathkelvin Railway Path, John Muir Way, Thomas Muir Heritage Trail, Clyde Coastal Path and Forth and Clyde Canal towpath.

The Scottish Government’s vision is for 10 per cent of everyday journeys to be made by bike by 2020.

To find out more, e-mail development.plan@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or telephone 0300 1234510 and ask for the Land Planning Policy team.