Guide has the secret recipe to help promote getting on your bicycle

Chloe Paterson at Girlguiding Stall
Chloe Paterson at Girlguiding Stall

A cool customer has got creative to give people a flavour of how swapping the car for cycling and walking can benefit communities .

East Dunbartonshire Council held a launch day for Kessington Travel Hub, in Bearsden, last month and there was a sweet result for a local Guide.

A competition was held in conjunction with Equi’s Ice Cream to discover a new flavour to be sold on the day in the local fish and chip shop, ‘Batter On’.

Chloe Paterson (12), from 2nd Bearsden Guides, discovered the recipe forsuccess when she suggested a lemon and lime ice cream - lime puree with afruit-salad crunch.

Free samples were available on the day and Chloe was given a supply to share with her fellow Guides.

Julia Muir, 2nd Bearsden Guides Leader, said: “Girlguiding in Killermont District heard about the ice cream competition via Girlguiding Scotland.

“Guiding is about giving girls the confidence to make their own decisions and making sure they are doing activities that they are interested in, andthat includes ice cream as part of a balanced and varied programme.

“The Guides loved being able to design a new flavour of ice cream with the option of all sorts of extras - some were very indulgent.

“The winning flavour, designed by Chloe, was lemon and lime ice cream and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

The Launch Day - celebrating trailblazing work to encourage cycling, walking and the use of public transport - was a great success. The eventincluded stalls, mobile travel centre, vintage bicycles, face painting, goody bags for cyclists and more.

It was also a chance to find out more about the travel hub, sustainable transport and the A81 Bears Way route corridor improvements.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “Well done to Chloe for coming up with such a wonderful ice cream recipe andthanks to all who helped to turn it into a reality.

“I am delighted with the work which has been completed at Kessington and the launch event was a fantastic way of celebrating that.

“This project is part of a wider scheme to encourage greater active travelmovement and economic opportunities in Bearsden.

“Promoting sustainable transport is a priority for this Council - helping people to lead healthier lives, cutting down on carbon emissions andimproving the environment.”

Footpath, carriageway and signal improvements were carried out on the A81 Milngavie Road at Kessington shops, Bearsden, earlier this year - with public feedback helping shape the design.