Glasgow residents form charity trust to drive active travel projects

A NEW community trust has been set up in the West End that will progress the design and delivery of the Yorkhill Kelvingrove Cycling Project. 

The Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Development Trust (YKDT)  has been established as a charitable body that will lead on the behaviour change deliverables for the project – making it easier for the local community to walk, cycle and wheel.

The vision is to enhance the streetscape by creating safe and attractive thoroughfares in Yorkhill, Kelvingrove and Finnieston for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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By making pedestrians, cyclists and wheelers a priority, the project aims to allow people to move around the area with ease and transform streets into lively community-centred neighbourhoods that benefit from reduced traffic congestion and air pollution.

This will be done by developing confidence and skills through collaboration with nurseries, schools, Glasgow University and a variety of community organisations.

Helen Snoddin, Trustee of YKDT, said: “We will continue to rely on the invaluable support of our community as we move to the next stage, and are always keen to hear from anyone in the neighbourhood who would like to be involved. Please don’t be shy. 

“We’ve had help from artists, IT experts, graphic designers, air quality analysts, writers, poets, editors, project managers and boots on the ground going door to door and business to business and hanging around at busy junctions counting pedestrians, to name just a few”.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “It’s great to see this exciting community-led project take another important step forward.

“The new trust will be at the heart of delivering the vision of a cleaner and safer environment for their community and we’ll be doing everything we can to support them.”

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