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Would you like to take the kids to school in an e-cargo bike or commute to work on an e-bike?

5th September 2022

The Transforming Transport group of projects is part of Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 – supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players. This stage of the projects involves asking Park people what they think is needed to make it easier for everyone to get around the Park by walking, cycling and using a wheelchair.

Would you like to take the kids to school in an e-cargo bike or commute to work on an e-bike?
We’d love to hear from everyone (you don’t need to have ridden an e-bike before) about where you might cycle or what you might use an e-bike for if you had access to one. As part of the Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 suite of projects we are looking to develop a network of e-bikes across the Cairngorms National Park, and we need your help to tell us what you think this could look like. So, please tell us your thoughts by completing our e-bike survey here: Complete the E-bike survey here

‘E-bikes’ are power-assisted cycles that give you a boost as you pedal so you don’t have to work as hard, which opens a world of possibilities for leaving the car at home and using a e-bike instead where it might not have been practical to cycle before.  E-bikes come in all shapes and sizes: regular bikes (can also add a cargo or child trailer), e-trikes, folding e-bikes, e-cargo bikes (for carrying loads or fitted with child seats) and adaptive e-bikes for wheelchair users or those with mobility limitations.  They can enable you to cycle further, reach destinations faster, carry heavy loads (shopping or children), increase the ability to cycle e.g., if unfit or have long-term illness/injury and best of all, you can reduce your car use and carbon footprint.

Active Travel consultations
We’ve been asking for your thoughts about Active Travel and what a great response we’ve had! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far – over 150 people have left comments online and there has been a good turnout at the local community engagement sessions we’ve held so far.  There is still time to have your say if you haven’t done so already, the consultation is open until the 30th September.  We are looking for your views on what is needed to make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone to get around the Park by walking, cycling, and using a wheelchair. Use the online map to tell us about active travel in your area

Community engagement sessions – new dates added
We’ve organised a number of drop-in sessions if you’d prefer to tell us your thoughts about Active Travel in person.  Everyone is welcome to come along and meet the Transforming Transport team and discuss your priorities and aspirations for local journeys over a cup of tea. Some new dates have been added below and you can view the full list of drop-in events here.

  • Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul – Thursday 8thSeptember (12 noon – 6pm; where we will be joining a community drop-in event being held by Crown Estate Scotland to explore how the Glenlivet Estate might evolve over the next 30 years)
  • Dalwhinnie Village Hall – 20th September (4 – 8pm)
  • Braemar Village Hall – 21st September (4 – 8pm)
  • Blair Atholl Village Hall – 22nd September (4 – 8pm)

Contact the team
If you need to get in touch directly you are welcome to email the team on [email protected] or call us on 01479 873535.