Transport Minister Keith Brown announced the 55th Legacy 2014 programme – Active Travel – as the annual Cycling Summit took place in Glasgow.
This newest programme aims to encourage people of all ages to take the first steps towards an active, healthier lifestyle. It will be delivered by a range of partners including CTC/Youth Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Forth Environment Link, Paths for All and Sustrans.
As one inititiave under this programme, commemorative public cycle stands celebrating the success of Team Scotland at the Games, will be installed, with medal-winning athletes nominating public places across Scotland for a stand in their medal colour.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“This new programme encourages people of all ages to take steps towards an active, healthier lifestyle and outlines how the success of the Games has had a positive impact on Scotland’s communities.
“It goes without saying that cycling and walking benefits the individual with not just physical benefits, but benefits for mental health, the environment and keeping people’s transport costs down.
“I am also delighted to unveil the first Commonwealth Games commemorative cycle stand to be installed here in Glasgow. Securing a lasting legacy from the Games is being made possible through the excellent partnership working between a whole host of organisations and sectors – local and national, public and private – and all of Scotland’s local authorities and this scheme further spreads the benefits across the country.
“The Scottish Government aims to get more people making active travel choices to improve health and the environment. During this year and next we are increasing our expenditure on cycling and walking infrastructure by a further £27 million to deliver projects that promote active travel for everyday commuter journeys.”
Charlie Flynn, Boxing gold medallist, helped unveil the Legacy 2014 Active Travel Programme, and said:
“The Commonwealth Games was such a fantastic experience for me and it’s brilliant to see the legacy of Glasgow 2014 being continued. I have chosen to place my own cycle rack in my home town of Motherwell where hopefully it will encourage people to think about using more active forms of travel. Boxing and staying healthy is my life but it’s easy for everyone to make small changes to be more active and choosing to cycle or walk over taking the car or train is a great way to get started!”
Christopher Johnson, Senior Development Officer, Cycling Scotland said:
“Promoting active travel is at the heart of everything we do at Cycling Scotland, and the huge range of benefits that come from cycling are undeniable. Cycling improves health and productivity and Cycling Scotland’s projects such as Bikeability Scotland, Cycle Friendly School and Employer Awards and the Give Me Cycle Space campaign support and enable thousands of people of all ages and abilities to cycle more often. So whether that means cycling to school, work, the shops or to visit friends and family, the Active Travel Legacy Programme will help to make cycling an achievable everyday activity for thousands more people across Scotland.
“It was encouraging to see so many people cycling around Glasgow during the Games, whether pedalling to and from venues, beating the traffic to work or making use of the Legacy cycle racks and the city’s brand new public bike hire scheme. We look forward to supporting a lasting legacy from this year’s Commonwealth Games by encouraging even more people across Scotland to take to two wheels as part of the Active Travel Legacy Programme.”
Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths for All said:
“We are pleased to see that walking is central to the Active Travel Legacy Programme. Walking is the most accessible form of travel, one that almost everyone can use in daily life.
“Active travel has many benefits. Scottish people will be a healthier in body and mind if more people walk or cycle for short journeys. Children will have safer routes to school and local facilities; older people will feel more connected with their communities; employers will have a healthier and more productive workforce; Scotland will reduce its use of carbon; and local economies will benefit from increased footfall. Everyone benefits.
“We are delighted to lead in the development of the National Walking Strategy action plan and contribute to creating a healthy legacy from the Commonwealth Games.”
The Legacy 2014 Active Travel Programme is the 55th national Legacy programme. The Commonwealth Games Commemorative Cycle Stands were announced by the First Minister in August. The project is being managed by Cycling Scotland and there will be 26 gold, 31 silver and 21 bronze stands installed from today.
This is part of a wider initiative where in total 206 Legacy 2014 cycle stands will be installed across Scotland. This provides an additional 2060 parking spaces at workplaces, schools, hospitals, libraries and on high streets. 128 Legacy stands, some of which were used at Games venues are already being re-distributed across Scotland.
Projects included in the the Legacy 2014 Active Travel Programme are: CTC/Youth Scotland – Bike Club; Cycling Scotland – Bikeability Scotland Cycle Training; Cycling Scotland – Cycle Friendly Employers; Cycling Scotland – Cycle Friendly schools; Cycling Scotland – Cycle Friendly Campus; Cycling Scotland – School Cycle Camps; Cycling Scotland – Give Me Cycle Space campaign; Forth Environment Link – Cycle Hub in Stirling; Paths for All – National Walking Strategy (including nine individual projects); Sustrans/Cycling Scotland – Legacy and Commemorative cycle parking stands; Sustrans – I-Bike; Sustrans – Community Links projects; Sustrans – Active Travel Champions; and Forth Environment Link – Cycle Hub in Stirling.