On track for cycling in West Lothian
West Lothian is gearing up to get cycling this year.
A new joint initiative aims to encourage local residents to get out on their bikes and enjoy West Lothian in 2018, whether travelling to work, school or shops, or for a weekend family leisure outing.
West Lothian Council, Lothian-wide cycle campaigners Spokes, national walking and cycling charity Sustrans and West Lothian Bike Library have teamed up to help people to get active on West Lothian's cycle routes.
Spokes have launched their new cycle and walking map, which shows the extensive network of cycle and dual use paths in West Lothian available to enjoy.
Funding from West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government through Sustrans' Community Links programme are helping grow the path network for cycling.
West Lothian Bike Library offer a wide range of bike-related services including hire, repair, training and support. They now stock e-bikes and have a large range of inclusive bikes to help get as many people active as possible.
Depute Council Leader Kirsteen Sullivan said: "Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that can be used for commuting or leisure.
"A great deal of effort has been made to make sure everyone in West Lothian can get cycling, including improving the network, producing the maps and making sure they have the bikes they need to get around.
"I would like to see more West Lothian residents try cycling or other types of active travel to improve their health and enjoy more of West Lothian's beautiful scenery."
For more information on cycling and active travel in West Lothian, please visit Walking and Cycling
Dave du Feu from Spokes added: "We are delighted that our new updated map of West Lothian is now available, with every kilometre checked by dedicated Spokes volunteers.
"With over 120,000 Spokes Edinburgh and Lothians maps sold so far, they are the definitive maps for anyone cycling in the area."
The new edition of Spokes map on water- and tear- resistant paper is available to buy from Spokes Maps or can be picked up in shops around West Lothian.
Sustrans Scotland Community Links manager, Dave Keane said: "Creating safe and attractive spaces to walk and cycle through is at the heart of Community Links and we are delighted to be working with West Lothian Council on improvements to routes in the local area.
"By funding high quality projects that enable more people to choose to travel actively we create liveable places that improve health and wellbeing, increase footfall for local business and bring communities together."
For more information on Sustrans work, please visit Sustrans
David Liddell from the West Lothian Bike Library added: "Our main objective is to remove barriers to cycling and make cycling accessible to all, regardless of income or ability.
"We also have an excellent range of inclusive and e-bikes, to get as many people as possible cycling, so please get in touch to see how we can help."
For more details on hiring a bike, please visit West Lothian Bike Library or call 07724 667321