Travel actively this summer to help cut congestion and pollution

With St Andrews hosting The 150th Open from 10-17 July, the town is set to be busier than ever.

Fife Council is encouraging residents, visitors and those who work locally to walk, wheel or cycle around the town to help avoid road congestion.

Walking, wheeling, cycling or public transport are healthier, more environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives to private car use for many people.

As part of the Council’s commitment to helping transform daily journeys or commutes into travel that is healthier and better for the environment they are working to help you keep your bicycle up to speed!

FREE Dr Bike sessions are running at Church Square, South Street, St Andrews, 2 – 17 July, 10am - 6pm, where bikes will get a full health check to help people get out and about actively. These checks are really useful for those whose bike has been in storage for a while or needs a check after wear and tear.

Cllr Jan Wincott, Spokesperson - Environment & Climate Change, said: “Travelling actively will make it easier for many local people to access shops, services and facilities. If you can, why not walk, wheel or cycle around the town to help avoid congestion?

“Cars are the largest producer of transport-related carbon emissions and a huge number of vehicle journeys are 1km or less. We know that The Open means that St Andrews will be busier than ever, so swapping to sustainable transport options, where possible, can help cut congestion as well as take a step towards tackling the climate emergency."

More cycleways and walkways are enabling more people to leave their cars at home for short trips and enjoy local journeys on foot or by bike across Fife.

To find out more visit fife.gov.uk/openactivetravel