Ayr's Active Travel Hub opens
Ayr's dynamic new Active Travel Hub has just been officially opened by South Ayrshire Council.
Located at Ayr Rail Station, the hub which is one of the first in Scotland is ready to help transform the way we think about travelling in and around the town.
With the main objective to promote sustainable forms of travel such as walking and cycling, the hub will be an accessible way for locals and visitors to get active and stay active.
Staff from the active travel charity Sustrans are based at the hub to give free advice on anything from local routes and transport options through to tips on places to visit. Bikes will be available to hire in the spring and staff are keen to find out what other facilities people want from the hub….so pop in and let them know!
The hub became a reality thanks to the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme administered by Paths for All funded by Scottish Government and the Council's Cycling Walking and Safer Streets initiative.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We are helping to lead the way in Scotland when it comes to promoting active travel. The station is a great location for commuters, students and visitors to find out more about this initiative as we encourage people to incorporate active travel into their daily lives.
"Staff based at the hub will be happy to receive feedback on what people want to see at the facility and they will also be out and about working with public organisations and local businesses to highlight the benefits of sustainable travel.
"Walking and cycling are an ideal way to explore South Ayrshire, so if you want to get active and get healthy visit the hub for some expert advice."
Ian Findlay, Chief Officer at Paths for All said: "We are delighted to see the opening of a fantastic hub which will enable local people and visitors to Ayr to access and enjoy more journeys by foot and by bike.
"As administers of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund, we are thrilled that the local community will be able to enjoy the health and environmental benefits from increased active and sustainable transport."
John Lauder, National Director for Sustrans Scotland said "We are really pleased to be part of this project, supporting the aspirations of the Ayrshire Roads Alliance and South Ayrshire Council to get people making more local journeys on foot or by bike.
"Our staff and volunteers based in the Hub have already been encouraging local residents, students and employees to consider the alternatives to getting in and around Ayr in the car. We are looking forward to delivering the activities and initiatives planned for the next year and hope that the Hub can be a really valuable resource for the people of South Ayrshire."
Ian McConnell, the ScotRail Alliance's programmes and transformation director, said: "We are committed to working with a wide range of organisations to encourage people to choose more environmentally friendly forms of transport. The key to success in this regard is to provide attractive and practical options like this new active travel hub.
"This is a great example of what can be achieved by working in partnership. It will also help encourage the whole community to make healthier choices, especially for the journey to and from the station."
The Active Travel Hub will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm and from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on a Tuesday and Thursday. The opening times will be reviewed to reflect demand and feedback from the public
As well as popping into the hub, you can also contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org