Council praised 
for work on cycling

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The council’s efforts to promote the region’s cycling potential and work to create new routes has been praised in a new study.

Cycling Scotland assessed all 32 Scottish local authorities on various aspects of their work to promote cycling, make it safer and give children the necessary cycling skills.

The study gave Scottish Borders Council 3.5 starts out of five, putting it amongst the highest performing councils.

John Lamont MSP said it is “great to see that we 
are taking the lead in the Borders when it comes to developing cycling”, but he added that more could be done.

“The need for more focus on cycling routes and networks should be a particular priority, especially when we have many old railway paths that would be perfect for this.

“There is also a need to monitor more closely how many people are cycling, and to listen to what they want from their council.

“Maybe then we will be able to finally increase the number of cyclists we see on our roads.”

Mr Lamont added: “When statistics suggest that 59 per cent of journeys taken in the Borders are under 5km it is imperative that we encourage as many of these journeys as possible to be taken by bike.”