Communities and schools benefit as cycling funding heads to North Lanarkshire
A social enterprise in Wishaw and a health initiative Shotts are among those to benefit from £2m funding aimed at getting more people on their bikes.
This is part of £77,535 that has been channeled to organizations and schools in North Lanarkshire.
Socialtrack, which is based at Wishawhill Wood Pump Track and provides opportunities for young people to cycle and skateboard, received £17,437, while Getting Better Together (GBT) in Shotts received £11,959.
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Over £2million has been allocated from the Scottish Government’s active travel budget to employers, health and social care providers, social housing residences, community groups, schools and campuses to facilitate and make cycling more accessible to a greater number of people. It has the potential to benefit over 221,000 people and over 5,000 households.
Delivered as part of Cycling Scotland’s behavior change programme, a total of 194 organizations are benefiting from the funding, which will be used to install cycle parking, changing rooms, maintenance equipment, bikes and training.
Over £1million has been allocated to organizations to install bike parking and storage, making it easier for people to secure bikes at work, home, colleges and in the community – tackling a major obstacle preventing more people from cycling.
Dan Scott at Socialtrack said Lanarkshire Live“It has helped us work with youth in the community, providing bikes and equipment for our 360° Club, as well as storage for them. We also work with five North Lanarkshire schools through the summer holidays and offer advanced cycling skills sessions.
Other community organizations in North Lanarkshire who have benefited recently are the North Corridor Community Volunteers – £7153; Glenboig Development Trust – £7,416; The Richmond Scholarship (Scotland) – £15,712; and as employer, Scotcast Enterprises Ltd, which incorporates M8 Cycles, received £7,455.
A further £227,000 has also been awarded to 34 schools, including three in North Lanarkshire, under the Free Secondary Schools Pilot Scheme, which will provide bikes, helmets, locks and school equipment. interview with students.
Dalziel High in Motherwell and Clyde Valley High in Wishaw received £3,140 and £3,330 respectively, and Chryston High received a prize of £3,933.
The Scottish Government has pledged to invest at least £320m or 10% of its transport budget in active travel by the end of 2024/25 as it tries to make natural choices on foot, cycling and cycling for shorter daily trips.
Scottish Greens MSP Patrick Harvie, Minister for Active Travel, said: “Of course funding safer cycle routes, junctions and links is vital and we are doing this at record levels – but so is to have the basics like the possibility of parking your bike. destination, to change if necessary or have the equipment nearby to carry out a basic repair.
“For a healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable Scotland, I look forward to seeing many more high-impact initiatives like this in the years to come.”
Kath Brough, behavior change manager at Cycling Scotland, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, choosing to travel by bike has a huge role to play in supporting our local economies, relieving pressure on vital networks, supporting our mental well-being and facilitate new hybrid ways of working.
“Interventions as simple as locks and a bicycle pump, to large-scale storage facilities or a fleet of bicycles, all make it easier and more accessible for people to travel in an environmentally friendly and affordable way.”
Next round of funding opens March 28, you can register your interest here.
Find out more about Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly program in line.
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