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Stepping Stanes is Back!

Stepping Stanes will re-launch on Wednesday 4th June at the Keswick Centre from 6pm - 7.30pm.

Each session will cost £2 per child to cover the expense of using the Keswick Centre track.

This is aimed at 8-12 year olds to improve bike skills within a safe and fun environment. If you are interested in coming along plesae contact Fiona Walker on fiona.walker@scottishcycling.org.uk

pdf icon Download the poster for more information [209kb].


GoSmart expands into Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright

GoSmart is rolling out to the rest of Dumfries and Galloway starting in Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright. Through our experience in Dumfries we are tailoring our service to the individual locations working with the local community and partner organisations. In the first instance we have produced Active travel mapping of Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright which can be found below.

Paper copies of these maps are also available by contacting us at gosmart@dumgal.gov.uk or telephone 0800 0234 586.

Please note unfortunately that there is an error in current batch of Kirkcudbright maps. The introduction refers to Dalbeattie not Kirkcudbright. Please accept our apologies the online version has been corrected.


Green vs Gold Conference The Green vs Gold Conference

The 'Green vs Gold' conference was held in Dumfries on 20th November 2012. The conference highlighted some of the successes and lessons learnt from Smart Choices, Smarter Places initiatives across Scotland, including GoSmart Dumfries.

The Key Note address was given by Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans.

Presentations were given by powerpoint icon George Vincent of Glasgow City Council [4Mb]powerpoint icon Martin Higgot and Nicola Scott from JMP Consultancy [11Mb] (former members of Dumfries' and Lockerbie's own Personalised Travel Planning Team), powerpoint icon Fiona MacDonald of East Renfrewshire Council [8Mb] to discuss Healthy Weight Communities projects, powerpoint icon Crawford McGhie of East Dunbartonshire [8Mb] looking at the future of Smarter Places and powerpoint icon Derek Halden of Derek Halden Consultancy [3Mb] who analysed the impacts of each of the SCSP projects (results to come).

All 51 delegates participated in group breakout sessions and a panel discussion.

The day was also an opportunity to launch the new car club for Dumfries. Car clubs give people a safer, cleaner and greener way to access cars when they need them.

Brian Collins, Chair of SWestrans said:
"The conference was a good opportunity to share knowledge, learning and experience. It was reassuring to know that delegates felt that interest in sustainability is still increasing as people are recognising that small lifestyle changes can help the environment, but also save money.
Our region has gained national recognition by hosting this conference. Dumfries has been leading the way in sustainable travel over the last four years implementing many projects aimed at getting people out of their cars and using new cycle paths and new buses."

Other feedback from delegates included comments such as "It provides good insight into the conflicting challenges of promoting sustainable travel in urban and rural areas. " and "Good to get a different perspective via health and other SCSP projects."

Overall, the conference has been hailed as a roaring success by both organisers and attendees alike!


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