Encouraging improved access and making Largs a ‘cycle friendly’ town is the purpose behind a new travel study which is being launched.
Enhancing cycling routes and pedestrian safety is set to feature in consultation workshops - with an emphasis on improving safety at the new Academy campus.
Access charity Sustrans, NAC and Largs Community Council agreed to the study after applications to Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Sustrans access charity.
The project is looking to achieve the following objectives:Increase levels of walking and cycling, increase access to public transport including ferry, tie in active travel with proposed links to new school campus, increase exposure and use of train station ‘bike and go’ scheme and support ties to business and leisure.
A public consultation and workshop is taking place at Largs Library on Thursday April 20 from 3-5pm and at St Columba’s Parish Church Hall on Saturday April 22 from 10am till 12 midday involving Peter Leslie, Principal Engineer for Transportation, at international company AECOM who ‘ manage projects and programmes that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.’
Peter stated: “Walking and cycling are accessible, affordable and healthy forms of travel. Whether walking or cycling as part of a daily commute, once a week or substituting a short car journey, there are a number of health, environmental and often financial benefits to be realised.
“We’d love to hear what you have to say about Active Travel in Largs - what’s good, where can it be improved, and how can we get more people out walking and cycling.”
Peter Leslie will also be giving a presentation at the Largs Community Council meeting which takes place at Largs Library on Thursday April 20, starting at 7pm.
If you are not able to make these dates, visit www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/consultations.aspx to have your say.
Largs Community Council chairman Douglas Blair has said he would like to see improved cycling opportunities between Fairlie, Largs and Skelmorlie.