An ‘Active Travel Hub’ has been set up by the Vale of Leven Trust in West Dunbartonshire to help locals travel more actively.
The long-term home for the Hub will be the ‘Former Police Box’ which the Trust acquired following an asset transfer in October 2020. Currently a feasibility and building options appraisal is underway with construction aimed for 2023.
The project is led by Vale of Leven Trust, a volunteer-run charity. The Active Travel Hub set-up and activities have been funded for three years by the National Lottery Communities Fund. During this period, income generation from bike rentals will be developed into the business model to make the Hub financially sustainable in the long-term. The Hub’s activities will be delivered by two members of staff, supported by local volunteers. Grants from Energy Savings Trust and Cycling Friendly Communities Fund have allowed purchase of bikes, safety and storage equipment. Further funding from Paths for All and Digital Boost has been secured to set up a website.
The ‘group rides’ are very popular with regulars who join come rain, or shine! As well as cycling the Trust leads social walks which help people learn about the nature on their doorstep and improve the local area by keeping the routes tidies and pruned.
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