Cycling awards for Ayrshire

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South Ayrshire Council is pedaling to success with a range of cycling initiatives that have been acknowledged at national level.

The latest accolade for the Council is to be shortlisted for the National Transport Awards 2011 in the Cycling Improvements category for cycle usage in South Ayrshire. The awards ceremony will take place in October at the Lancaster London Hotel, London.

The Council’s achievements in promoting and sustaining cycling have already been recognised nationally:

* Winner of the Pocket Media Awards Most Creative Design 2011

* Winner of the Scottish Transport Awards 2010 Cycling Improvement Award.

* Shortlisted in the Scottish Transport Awards 2011 for Best Practice in Travel to School and Work Schemes.

* Shortlisted and highly commended for the Public Sector Good Communications Awards 2011 in the Print Innovation category.

Councillor Peter Convery, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment for the Council said: “Cycling is very popular and for our Council to be nominated and to achieve awards at this level is an outstanding achievement.

“We are committed to promoting cycling to our employees, residents and visitors to the area. Cycling is very good physical exercise and can improve mental wellbeing. It is an activity that families and friends can enjoy together.

“We have an extensive network of cycling tracks, with routes to suit everyone from those just starting to cycle to the experienced or competitive cyclist. Our cycle tracks form part of the national cycle network and people who cycle through this area enjoy our stunning scenery, hospitality and all the great things South Ayrshire has to offer.

“Many people are getting back into the saddle to get fit, but for others it is simple economics, with the price of fuel continually rising cycling can save you money.

“If you have a bike lying in your garage or shed that has not been used for sometime I would encourage you to get it out, check it out and get in the saddle and have fun out and about in South Ayrshire.”