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Bike racks encourage cycling to HLH sites

Visitors to High Life Highland (HLH) sites can enjoy improved parking for cyclists after more than 100 new racks were installed.

The new parking spaces were funded by Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly Employer Development Grant scheme, allowing HLH to increase the amount of bike parking for people working in or visiting HLH buildings.

Steve Walsh, Chief Executive of High Life Highland, said: “With support from Cycling Scotland we are delighted to have been able to improve cycle parking at our facilities, especially with our organisation’s focus on promoting and encouraging health and wellbeing throughout the whole of the Highlands.

“As our sites and offices have reopened to the public, it is great that we are now better placed to support our own staff and visitors to travel by bicycle.”

The new racks have been installed at: Bellfield Park, Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Brora Library, Canal Park, Inverness, Culloden Library, Highland Folk Museum, Inverness Botanic Gardens, Joss Street Youth Centre, Invergordon, Lochaber Leisure Centre, Nairn Leisure Centre, Sutherland Swimming Pool, and Thurso Leisure Centre.

Cycling Scotland Development Officer, John Higham, said: “High Life Highland has been working hard to support more people to cycle.

“It’s encouraging to see the steps that the organisation is taking to make it easier and more accessible for staff to cycle – supporting their physical health, mental wellbeing and, crucially, tackling the global climate emergency we face. Every journey cycled makes a difference.”

The Cycling Friendly Employer Development Fund, financed by Transport Scotland, offers up to £25,000 per workplace site for organisations to install facilities such as bike storage, shower and changing areas and pool bikes.

Employers across Scotland can work towards the Cycling Friendly Employer Award with help from Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly Employer development grant. The grant aims to encourage and support workplaces to take a leading role in increasing the number of journeys by bike to, from and for work.

There are many ways that cycling can benefit both employers and employees including reduced sickness absence, increased productivity, and saving on expenses by encouraging colleagues to use a bike to travel short distances to meetings or between work sites.