Council says ‘help us spend £100k on cycle routes’

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The council wants Clarkston, Stamperland and Busby residents to tell them how to spend £100,000 on local cycling and walking routes.

The cash has been provisionally granted by the Sustrans Community Links programme, and follows sessions last year where improved accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians emerged as a priority.

A drop-in event is being held at Clarkston Halls on Wednesday, August 23, from 1pm to 6.30pm, to give residents the chance to pass on their views.

East Renfrewshire Council says opportunities may include safer routes to schools and improved access to shops and services in Clarkston town centre.

It could also explore better links between Overlee Park, Busby Glen and Greenbank Gardens – and tackle safety concerns said to deter journeys by foot or bike.

Environment convener Councillor Alan Lafferty said: “Changing the way we travel can make our towns and communities healthier and better places for all of us.

“Opening up options for travelling shorter journeys between our communities and greenspaces could help transform our area, reducing reliance on cars, improving local air quality and tackling congestion.”

He added: “I encourage residents to come along to our engagement event or share their views online and help us shape a plan to make walking and cycling easier and more enjoyable in Clarkston, Stamperland and Busby.”

Research from Sustrans Scotland is claimed to show that cycling rather than driving could save the average person up to £2,000 a year, without giving up your car.

Sustrans Scotland community links manager Tom Bishop said: “This funding will help to support the first phase of a long term aspiration to improve active travel in Clarkston, Busby and Stamperland so that more people are able to walk and cycle for more of the journeys they make every day.

“The project aims to enhance the walking and cycling network and meet the needs of local communities by providing better links to services and amenities.”