Carbon CLEVER Cycles Forum for City

The Carbon CLEVER Cycles project is a collaborative scheme between the Highland Council, SSE and Co-wheels which will allow individuals to hire electric bicycles.

The drop-in session takes place in Inverness Town House on Thursday 27 February between 1pm and 4pm.

Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry said:  “We recognise that in order to progress the vision of the Highlands becoming a Carbon CLEVER region, a vital first step is enabling people living and visiting to travel more sustainably.

“The Forum on Thursday will not only give people a chance to find out more about the project and ask any questions they may have, but we also hope they will share their  expertise, local knowledge and any good practical examples to ensure the project is a success.”

In December 2013 Highland councillors approved a number of priority cycling projects to promote cycling in the city as a viable mode of transport 
These included:

• Improving arterial routes for cycling between the city centre and major destinations – including Inverness Campus, Raigmore Hospital, retail centres, leisure venues and the existing and expanding communities in the city. These routes may include dropped kerbs, reconfigured road space and junctions and signage.

• Development of an interactive cycle maps website as a resource for cyclists and to use as a marketing tool for current and future cycling routes. 
• A pilot electric bicycle hire scheme in Inverness set up in collaboration with SSE.
• Sponsorship of the Etape Loch Ness event on 4 May 2014.

Leader of The City of Inverness Area Committee, Councillor Ian Brown said: “Delivering a long term sustainable transport network for the future is vital not only to the future economic health of our city but to the physical health of our citizens. We must reduce our carbon consumption and work towards achieving a Carbon CLEVER city for people today and tomorrow. Cycling is a key method by which we can achieve this.”

25 Feb 2014
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