ALL Aboard For The Bothy Cycling And Walking Scheme

A UNIQUE active travel partnership has been launched in Inverclyde, based at Gourock train station.

The Bothy, run by Cycling UK, is the first of its kind, utilising the expertise and knowledge of community organisations currently providing walking and cycling initiatives and activities, and bringing them together to create one initiative in an accessible train station kiosk space.

It will focus on encouraging people to walk and cycle more for everyday journeys, to improve health and well-being and to assist people in overcoming barriers by improving confidence.

The Bothy will enable an ongoing programme of led bike rides, led walks, adult cycle confidence sessions for beginners, local history walks, bike maintenance sessions, women’s led rides, journey planning sessions, skill swap evenings, inspirational talks and much more.

There will be opportunities for individuals to volunteer and become trained in a number of different skilled areas.

Councillor Lynne Quinn, Shona Morris, Cycling UK project manager for Big Bike Revival Scotland, and MSP Stuart McMillan

The launch event took place on Saturday 5 May at Gourock Train Station and Gourock Health Centre Car Park. Visitors enjoyed an opening speech from local councillor Lynne Quinn followed by short led rides for adults and free access to bikes, access to information on local walking and cycling routes, free maps and healthy blended fruit drinks from the smoothie bike.

Young children learned how to ride a bike thanks to Play on Pedals, there were bike health checks via Dr Bike, information on local women’s cycling group Belles on Bikes, and Police Scotland gave road safety advice on the Close Pass initiative which aims to make sure vehicles leave enough space when overtaking cyclists.

There was information on local short introductory health walks and longer rambles plus cakes and goodies.

A project co-ordinator will be in post shortly and there will be a comprehensive programme of activities throughout summer and winter. There will also be a range of volunteering opportunities including walk leader, cycle ride leader and general bothy information assistant. To register interest in these roles, click here.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to The Bothy Facebook group.

Partners involved include Belles on Bikes Inverclyde, Canny Cycling, Inverclyde Ramblers, Clyde Activity Bikes, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Community Tracks, Inverclyde Council, Belville Community Garden, Inverclyde Globetrotters, Your Voice Inverclyde, Inverclyde Phoenix Car Club, Discover Inverclyde, Ride 63, and Police Scotland.

The Bothy is funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places until June 2019.

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