Cycling East Renfrewshire

Cycling and Sustainable Transport in East Ren

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Cycling East Renfrewshire

Cycling East Renfrewshire is aimed at bringing together everything cycling related in East Renfrewshire, including the East Renfrewshire Sustrans Volunteers.

Sustrans (sustainable transport) was established as a national organisation in the 1990s. Its initial aim was to create, in association with local authorities, a system of long distance cycle routes around the country – the National Cycle Network [NCN]. Local Sustrans groups of volunteers were established to look after these routes. More recently the focus of activity has shifted to include cycling opportunities within and around city and town areas – cycle to work and cycle to school. Sustrans now works with both central and local government. In Scotland it receives a block grant for a ‘Community Links’ programme. Councils then bid to Sustrans for funding for projects in their area.

East Renfrewshire Sustrans group is fairly new – now in its third year. There are no NCN routes within the council area and little in the way of signposted and recommended cycle routes. ER Council is currently drawing up a Active Travel Strategy which focusses on cycling  Our Sustrans group is contributing to this by exploring possible routes for development and / or signing both within East Ren and north into Glasgow. We also plan to run a series of guided cycle rides in East Renfrewshire on Saturday mornings in spring and early summer.