Bid to boost bike use in rural areas
The Highlands will host a unique celebration of two-wheeled travel when inspirational and influential figures from the cycling world gather in Conon Bridge later this month.
The Cycling in Rural Scotland conference aims to boost bike use in less populated areas of the country. As well as encouraging people to try out pedal power on rural roads, the free conference aims to lay foundations that will lead to improvements for rural cycling.
The event at the Leanaig Centre, Ben Wyvis Primary School, on Saturday 22 March has been organised as part of theÂ Million MilesÂ project, which aims to cut a million miles, or one per cent, off car use in the Black Isle. Million Miles is funded by the Scottish Governmentâ€™sÂ Climate Challenge Fund.
Among the speakers and session leaders already confirmed are Highland Council convener Drew Hendry and organisations including Cycling Scotland and Sustrans.
The day will also feature workshops on a broad range of topics, from cycle safety on rural roads to community mapping, creating cycle paths and trails, and promoting cycle tourism.
Marion McDonald,Â Million Miles project officer, said:Â â€œWeâ€™re aiming to attract cyclists, wannabe cyclists and anyone who has in interest in safer, healthier travel on our rural roads. This is a one-off opportunity for both those already involved or people keen to see more bikes on country roads to get together, share knowledge and spark ideas off one another.
â€œWeâ€™re anticipating a lot of interest from cycle clubs, community activists, local groups and policy makers from a range of organisations, and are pulling together an exciting programme of talks, workshops and fringe activities to ensure thereâ€™s lots going on for everyone on the day.â€