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North and north-east community groups given share of £1.8 million cycling fund

The funding will allow more community groups to improve cycling facilities.
The funding will allow more community groups to improve cycling facilities.

Almost £2 million has been awarded to community groups, employers and social housing providers across Scotland to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

Cycling Scotland has announced that around 90,000 people are expected to benefit from its latest round of funding awards.

A total of 149 organisations have been given money including Bute Cycling Community, Huntly and District Development Trust and Lochaber Environmental Group, which will work to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in their areas.

Workplaces including Kinmylies Medical Practice in Inverness and Aviemore-based Wilderness Scotland have been given funding to upgrade cycle parking and changing facilities.

Elsewhere, social housing schemes, including Papermill Avenue in Aberdeen and Cordiner Court in Peterhead, have also received a share of the £1.8 million scheme.

Kath Brough from Cycling Scotland said: “Cycling Scotland works closely with partners to help employers, community groups and housing associations take advantage of the benefits of cycling.

“This round of funding will provide opportunity for over 90,000 people across Scotland to access improved cycling facilities.”

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson added: “Walking and cycling is key to improving our air quality, protecting our climate and improving our health.

“Encouraging active travel options for an estimated 90,000 people is an incredible achievement and I look forward to seeing improved facilities in workplaces and communities.”

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