Launch of Active Travel Hub aims to boost walking and cycling in North Ayrshire
Posted on 26 Jun 2019
North Ayrshire Council’s active travel hub was officially opened this week by Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland.
The Trinity Active Travel Hub as it’s known - located in the former Trinity Church at Bridgegate in Irvine – has been transformed to include an activity space and office.
The Trinity Active Travel Hub will provide advice on local active travel routes and public transport as well as access to bikes, maintenance equipment and training on cycle confidence, as well as volunteering activities such as becoming a cycle ride or walk leader.
As well as launching the Active Travel Hub, guests were invited to a new closed cycle loop at The Circuit, Quarry Road in Irvine. The cycle loop will be used to provide cycling training to local people and groups and is due to open later this summer.
This project received £476,000 support from European Regional Development Funds under Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “I would like to thank Lee Craigie for opening this exciting new facility in Irvine.
“We have fantastic scenic walking and cycle routes in North Ayrshire and the active travel hub will help inspire people to use active travel on a day-to-day basis.
“I would encourage local people and employers to speak to the team at The Trinity Active Travel Hub to find out more about the opportunities available to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.”
The project will support and complement the active travel infrastructure improvements being delivered as part of an Irvine Cycle Friendly Town study.
The aim of the active travel hub is to:
- Encourage and support more people to walk, cycle and use public transport for daily journeys
- Improve local air quality; and,
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland, said: "I’m delighted to open the Trinity Active Travel Hub and to see this high quality space in action. Having places like Trinity is so valuable in bringing people together, inspiring new ideas and new ways of thinking about how we can travel more sustainably, for the good of our communities, ourselves and beyond.
"With training on offer and opportunities for volunteering, I’m confident that Trinity will be a place which will spark imaginations in Irvine – changing lives and leaving people feeling more connected and confident with walking, cycling and with their community."
Get more information about the Stroll with It! programme by emailing the Active Travel Hub at firstname.lastname@example.org