By Olivia Ogilvie
Coming soon to Ayr station is an Active Travel Hub – one of the first in Scotland.
This will promote a more active form of travel for commuters, students and tourists such as walking and cycling.
The Active Travel Hub Ayr is being funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and Scotrail. Their aim is to encourage and educate the local community and individuals of South Ayrshire and share the passion they have for active travel.
As an organisation they have a vision to support more and more people into becoming active outdoors in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Which works towards a healthier, greener future improving overall health and long-term behaviour change.
The council’s cycling walking and safer streets initiative will see this exciting new facility at the front of Ayr station.
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and The Islands said: “I would like to commend South Ayrshire Council for leading the way by opening the active travel hub at Ayr Rail Station. As a government, we want to encourage walking and cycling for short journeys and the hub will help local people and visitors by providing information on local routes and also with cycling skills. Walking and cycling are a great way to see the local area and have health benefits for the individuals taking part which can help to meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of activity for adults. That is why we have funded the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme across Scotland to encourage people to walk, cycle and take public transport.
“As well as these benefits, if short car journeys are swapped for walking and cycling, there will be carbon savings and local air quality improvements. More people walking and cycling will also support local businesses as evidence shows that walkers and cyclists spend more locally than those in cars.”
This new venture is yet to have an opening date but it is set to bring a fresh and healthy attitude to active lifestyle for the town of South Ayrshire.