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Ground-breaking cycling project short-listed in national competition

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Renfrewshire Council’s proposals for a new project to increase cycling in Renfrewshire have been shortlisted by sustainable transport charity Sustrans for their “Community Links PLUS” competition.

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The proposal is for a new, segregated cycle route which will link Bishopton, Inchinnan, Erskine, Paisley and Glasgow Airport. The new route will aim to improve linkages between Renfrewshire’s towns and villages and create more opportunities for commuter and leisure cycling.

The project is one of only ten across Scotland which will go through to the next stage of the competition. It will receive £10,000 funding to enable a feasibility study to be carried out.

Community Links PLUS is open to proposals for walking and cycling projects and aims to identify and support exemplar schemes that have the potential to change the face of active travel in Scotland.

Proposals from across the country were narrowed down to a shortlist of projects which seek to rebalance traffic on Scotland’s streets through measures such as reallocation of road space and the creation of segregated and protected cycle lanes.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We are delighted that our proposal has been shortlisted for the Community Links PLUS competition.

“The shortlisted plan recognises that cycling can play an important role in connecting up communities across Renfrewshire and providing sustainable transport routes to economically important destinations such as Glasgow Airport.

“The proposal is part of a wider strategy, due to be published in 2016, which will aim to increase cycling across Renfrewshire, bringing benefits for leisure, health and offering an environmentally sustainable alternative to car travel.”