There is an alternative to traffic chaos – get on a bike

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Traffic chaos has returned to our roads with the easing of lockdown restrictions and the return of visitors to the Highlands.

Last week, you may have seen photographs in the Lochaber Times and on social media of clogged roads and poorly parked cars in Glen Nevis.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. During lockdown many people rediscovered the joys and benefits of walking and cycling, and there is no reason why this shouldn’t continue.

As part of a project funded by Cycling Scotland, Lochaber Environmental Group is working to improve the cycling infrastructure in Glen Nevis and the wider Fort William area, to help people get out of their cars and onto a bike.

Bike racks have now been installed in Steall Falls, Braveheart and Northface carparks to help people access the area by bike. The Bike Kitchen has also started up again, with funding from Paths For All Smarter Choices Smarter Places for a bike mechanic.

If you don’t have a bike or want to improve your bike repair skills, the Bike Kitchen can help you with restored bikes available free of charge through our Adopt A Bike scheme, bike repair workshops, and tool and electric bike loans from our Bike Tool and Bike Libraries.

All you have to do is get in touch, we can help you get on a bike, avoid the traffic chaos, and stay fit and healthy.

Visit www.lochaberenviro.org.uk or email kate@lochaberenviro.org.uk for more info.