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SLC To Spend £1.1M On Cycle Infrastructure
Councillor Graham Simpson tried out a new section of cycle route in Larkhall
A new network of cycle lanes and paths across South Lanarkshire is encouraging more and more people to get on their bike. And investment in the network is set to continue, with £1.1million to be spent on cycle infrastructure this year.
A number of routes throughout the area have been provided or improved in the past year by constructing new paths as well as signing and lining works, along with altering traffic signals on existing roads. They include routes in Larkhall, Blantyre, Stonehouse, Lesmahagow, Rutherglen and East Kilbride. Other new routes will also be introduced in the current financial year.
Chair of the South Lanarkshire Cycle Partnership, and depute chair of the council’s Enterprise Services Committee, Councillor Graham Simpson, said: "I am delighted we have such a tremendous network of cycle routes across South Lanarkshire. We are committed to encouraging people to cycle as much as possible, but to do so we have to ensure the correct infrastructure is in place. Having personally visited and tried out cycle paths across all areas of South Lanarkshire I am confident we are building a network which will be extremely well used and appreciated by cyclists of all levels."
"There are tremendous benefits to getting on your bike and cycling more – not just with regards improving your health and fitness, but also the fun you can have either individually or as part of a group. Cycling is an excellent way for all the family to take part in something that gets everyone out in the fresh air and enjoying some of the fantastic views we have right on our doorstep."
South Lanarkshire Council’s Local Transport Strategy 2013 to 2023 contains a number of cycle policies and actions. The policies relate to contributing to the national target – increasing cycling whereby 10 per cent of everyday journeys will be made by bike – and encouraging children to travel actively on school journeys.
The actions will seek to further extend the cycle network in South Lanarkshire and increase the number of school travel plans to encourage cycling on school journeys.
Funding comes from the council, Scottish Government and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.