AS Scotland eases itself out of lockdown, people walking, cycling and wheeling are being asked to be safe, smart and kind.

That’s according to a new information sheet released by Sustrans Scotland on behalf of the active travel organisations north of the border.

Compiled in partnership with Public Health Scotland, Transport Scotland and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland, the information sheet provides a summary of things to consider during journeys and exercise.

Sustrans are asking the public to look after themselves and those in their care, plan ahead and be mindful for others when walking, wheeling or cycling – particularly disabled people and more vulnerable groups.

The message advises that when people are out and about or exercising, they stay on the left of shared paths and pass on the right.

They also advise that cyclists ring their bell, slow down and be prepared to stop when passing people on public paths.

John Lauder, Sustrans Deputy CEO, said: “As Scotland progresses through the phases of lockdown, there will be more people out and about on foot, wheelchairs and by bike. There may also be more people driving on our roads.

“Walking, cycling and wheeling have huge benefits for our physical and mental health, as well as the environment.

“Physical distancing means that we will be using urban spaces differently and so being aware of each other is important so that we share space safely and sensibly.”

Ali MacDonald, Public Health Scotland, added: “We support measures that create better environments and improve the safety of people getting around their communities.”


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