Cycle cash boost for Scotland

Universities, colleges and hospitals to get improved cycle parking facilities
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£208,000 of Scottish Government funding has been granted to hospitals, universities and colleges by Sustrans.

The funds will be dedicated to improving cycle parking facilities at 38 sites.

Sustrans chose from 52 applications for a share of the cash. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Glenrothes Hospital, Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, Queen Margaret University, Dumfries and Galloway College and Argyll College UHI.

The funding is set to tackle a common obstacle to people cycling everyday – a lack of secure storage for bicycles at their destination.

"To qualify for the funding, applicants were asked to fund a minimum of 25 per cent of their application which some institutions managed to exceed,” explained Fiona Miller, Active Travel Co-ordinator at Sustrans Scotland.

“This really reflects the strong need for improved cycle parking facilities at many health and educational establishments in the country.
"It is really encouraging to see that so many employers recognise the benefits of commuting to work by bike and are committed to improving the facilities that encourage more people to take to the saddle.

"Like walking, cycling is a healthy, cost-effective and convenient way to travel to work, college and university. It is also one of the easiest ways to achieve the daily recommended 30 minutes of activity to boost levels of fitness and well-being."

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