Young cyclists saddled up for the Sustrans Big Pedal 2018 recently – going the distance to help reach a sensational 6,424 journeys by bike and scooter in East Dunbartonshire.
The annual initiative encourages people to get more active – tying in with ongoing work by East Dunbartonshire Council to improve health and wellbeing, and cut congestion and pollution.
Pupils were involved from Torrance, Milngavie, Clober, Meadowburn, Holy Family, St Matthew's and Lairdsland primary schools. Douglas Academy students also got involved.
Out of 6,424 local journeys – between 23 Apr and 4 May – there were 2,890 child journeys by bike and 2,164 by scooter. In addition, there were 1,370 ‘support’ journeys by adults.
The good news is that the healthy habits can continue thanks to the new East Dunbartonshire Cycle Map, which showcases 17 local routes to try out – most of them family friendly and using the off-road network.
Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, “Well done to all the local children who took part in the Sustrans Big Pedal 2018. As well as promoting health and fitness, cycling and scooting helps to reduce congestion around schools and is better for the environment too.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to access a copy of the new East Dunbartonshire Cycle Map.
“It contains a wealth of information on local cycling routes, places of interest and key locations – including rail stations, Community Hubs, leisure centres, town centres and more.”
The Council has printed 5,000 copies of the map, using funding from the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme and tying in with the ongoing Healthy Habits campaign.
Copies of the map are available from the Council’s Community Hubs, libraries, community centres and leisure centres, as well as the Auld Kirk Museum and Council offices at Southbank House, Marina HQ and Broomhill.
Alternatively you can download a PDF from www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/healthyhabits
Routes range from 2.2km (1.4 miles) to 215km (134 miles):
- Cadder Loop
- Clyde Coastal Path
- Craigdhu Wedge
- Dougalston Woods
- Forth and Clyde Canal
- Hayston Loop
- John Muir Way
- Lenzie Moss
- Merkland Loop
- Milngavie Reservoirs
- Mugdock Trail
- Mugdock Woods
- Possil Loop
- Strathkelvin Railway Path
- Thomas Muir Trail
- West Highland Way
- Bears Way
The Council’s Active Travel Strategy is ongoing and encourages people to walk, cycle and consider different forms of transport.