Time to ditch the car and get on your bike, insist newly-formed East Dunbartonshire group

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A new group is hoping to encourage residents to swap their cars for walking, cycling and public transport.

East Dunbartonshire’s Active Travel Forum is made up of representatives from the local council, SPT, Sustrans, Cycling Scotland, Ed’s Cycle Co-op and other interested groups and individuals.

The partners will work together to make sustainable transport more attractive.

Upcoming projects include making Kirkintilloch Town Centre more “people-friendly”, improving walking and cycling routes between Woodilee and Lenzie, and sprucing up the National Cycle Network - particularly the popular Strathkelvin Walkway.

Forum chair Councillor Alan Moir said: “In East Dunbartonshire we are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and have strong local communities with a range of facilities.

“These are all accessible to local people by walking or cycling. There is also a high level of commuting into the city.

“Increasing the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport has health, environmental and financial benefits.”

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