Bute ‘active travel’ map is launched

Reeni Kennedy-Boyle explains the detail of TZCB's new Active Travel Map for Bute at Monday's launch at the Green Tree Cafe.
Reeni Kennedy-Boyle explains the detail of TZCB's new Active Travel Map for Bute at Monday's launch at the Green Tree Cafe.

A new map giving details of walking and cycling routes on Bute has been published this week.

The map has been produced by local initiative Towards Zero Carbon Bute as part of its work in trying to cut the island’s carbon footprint - and in particular, in this case, by trying to encourage Bute residents to get out of their cars and walk or cycle to school or work.

The new map features details of the Bute walking routes contained in Argyll and Bute’s ‘core paths network’, and also lists the time it takes to walk or cycle to various points around the island from Rothesay pier.

The launch of the map, which has been produced with support from Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, kicked off a week of ‘active travel’ activities on Bute under the TZCB banner, which also includes a breakfast club, being held every day until Friday at the Green Tree Cafe in the Moat community centre and free for all those who opt to walk or cycle to school or work, cycling workshops at TZCB’s headquarters in Castle Street and the regular ‘Health Walk’, leaving from the Discovery Centre in Victoria Street at 11am on Thursday.

“We know that children love walking and cycling to school,” TZCB project manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle said at Monday’s map launch. “It’s the adults who need to change, and a lot of the project’s work is about looking at how we can overcome perceptions about the safety of our roads.”