Providing a better environment for a more active lifestyle that benefits all
Being physically active and choosing to walk or cycle is one of the best ways to prevent or delay health problems in later life. New active travel facilities such as cycle paths, a better walking environment, green spaces, traffic management and signage will help deliver an active community that maximises the contribution of Scotland’s outdoors to a healthier Scotland.
A new hospital for Badenoch and Strathspey: An opportunity for active improvements
A new £15 million community hospital to service the needs of Badenoch and Strathspey is due for completion in Aviemore by 2021.
The new hospital provides an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors in Aviemore. Through improved vehicular and non-vehicular (e.g. walking and cycling) infrastructure we can design an active community that not only promotes physical activity as part of normal daily life, but actively encourages us to enjoy the outdoors in Scotland’s largest national park.
Active Aviemore Steering Group
The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is working in partnership with Aviemore & Vicinity Community Council, The Highland Council, Hitrans, Sustrans Scotland and NHS Highland to encourage residents and visitors to Badenoch and Strathspey to be more physically active outdoors.
Sustrans Scotland provided £40,000 funding in 2018 to deliver an Active Travel Study for Aviemore.
Chapter 4: Placemaking Principles – A review of placemaking principles and how these can be incorporated in the future proposals. This chapter also discusses the types of features which could be included as part of the scheme to support the active travel elements of the project.