Cycle to the bus stop

An initiative to encourage Aberdeenshire residents to use sustainable modes of transport is returning for another year.

Aberdeenshire Council and Stagecoach Bluebird launched the ‘bikes on buses’ service on vehicles along Royal Deeside as part of a trial in 2010, and feedback has revealed that general promotion of the initiative has resulted in more people using the service with their bikes.

As a result the service is being re-promoted, with posters being displayed at bus stops along the route and also on buses themselves.

The initiative aims to encourage people to use the bus for one leg of their journey and cycle the rest of the way.

Passengers boarding the bus with a bike should speak to the driver who will happily stow the bike in the vehicle at no extra cost.

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of Stagecoach Bluebird, said: “We are pleased to be involved in the ‘bikes on buses’ campaign in the Deeside area.

“As a popular tourist route, we hope the campaign will encourage visitors to use the bus as well as their bikes to get around in the area, minimising traffic on the rural roads and giving people a chance to discover more of our Deeside countryside.” Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle said: “It is great to see this scheme return for another year after proving so popular with residents and I would like to thank Stagecoach for their continuing support.

“The council’s transport team is regularly recognised in national awards for its innovative and dedicated approach to promoting and encouraging sustainable travel and it is something which as a council we take great pride in.

“I hope that residents continue to take advantage of the initiative which allows people to undertake their daily journeys in an efficient and more sustainable way.”

The initiative is also being rolled out to the X7 Coastrider service which travels between Aberdeen and Dundee.