Cycling Aberdeenshire maps encourage tourism and active lifestyle

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has developed a series of cycle maps which aim to encourage local residents to cycle and to attract visitors to the area.

A series of six ‘area maps’ illustrates five cycle routes within each area. Copies of each map, which are free, are available on request and can also be downloaded from Aberdeenshire Council’s cycling pages.

The maps were developed by consulting existing cyclists and those who have not cycled for some time; this also included a group of geography students at Portlethen Academy. Using photography to show off the sights around Aberdeenshire was one of the ideas put forward.

Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of the infrastructure services committee, said: “These maps will be a fantastic resource for cyclists who may be looking for new routes to explore. Aberdeenshire’s scenery makes the area a great place for recreational cycling and I hope the easy to read maps will encourage more people to try cycling all across the region.”

Committee vice-chair, councillor Jill Webster, said: “By consulting with cyclists and those who have not cycled in sometime the design of these maps is tailored to meet the needs of anyone who uses them, both experienced cyclists and novices will be able to benefit from them.”

In 2006, a VisitScotland report estimated that cycle tourism in Scotland generated revenue of £219m.

Funding for the project was provided by Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans, NHS Grampian, ACSEF and Sustrans.

If you would like to request a copy of the maps email transportation@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/cycling