Active Travel Schools award shortlist

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A CITY-BASED travel project aimed at encouraging more school age children to walk, cycle and increase their activity levels has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Active Travel Schools team, based at Ancrum Outdoor Centre, is a finalist in this year’s Scottish Transport Awards.

Aimed at recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives, the Active Travel Schools team is up against three other projects from across the country in the Best Practice in Travel to School and Work Schemes category.

Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We have used Smarter Choices Smarter Places funding, and matched with council funds secured from an Air Quality Grant', to help deliver and expand the project to more schools.

“It has already helped residents across the city to develop more positive attitudes towards sustainable transport choices, and makes a contribution to achieving one of the goals in the City Plan by helping to make Dundee a greener city, made up of strong communities where people feel empowered, safe and proud to live.”

Jointly delivered by Leisure and Culture Dundee, staff are already working with school pupils to develop active travel initiatives.

Judy Dobbie, Director of Leisure & Culture Dundee said: "This is a great example of how Leisure & Culture Dundee can improve opportunities for young people in the city by working in partnership with Dundee City Council

“Our team at Ancrum Outdoor Centre are committed to improving active travel participation and it is great to see them being recognised in this way."

The Scottish Transport Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow in June.

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