Cycling development officer required to help pedal projects forward

Stuart Smith2014, News

A new partnership initiative between the north-east transport partnership Nestrans and sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland is to be set up through the creation of a cycling development officer for the north-east. The aim of the role is to create a vision and plan to deliver a comprehensive, coherent and high quality active travel network for the north-east.

The successful candidate will develop cycling projects and work with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council officers to prepare bids for cycle route development in the north-east and support Nestrans in delivering the Active Travel Action Plan for the region. They will also liaise with Sustrans, Cycling Scotland and other organisations to ensure that the north-east is contributing towards the national vision of 10% of journeys being by bicycle.

Nestrans Director, Derick Murray said, “This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate as they will get a chance to make a real impact on cycling networks and initiatives in the region. The appointment of a full time dedicated resource will allow Nestrans to have stronger channels of communication with all cycling related partners.”

Sustrans Director, John Lauder said, “This partnership is a great opportunity to develop the active travel network in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The network will help to facilitate everyday journeys by foot and by bike and further develop access to the unique and beautiful landscape of the north-east. The appointment of the Cycling Officer will help build on the excellent work that has been carried out in the area by Nestrans, the local authorities and the people in the area.”

This position will reinforce recent announcement that the region is to benefit from a £2million fund for cycling and walking projects. Grant funding totalling £1.2 million has been awarded for 11 projects in Aberdeen City and Shire. The money, from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme, will be match-funded by Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council.

The appointment of a dedicated cycling development officer will be a first for the region following the success of Sustrans’ similar arrangements with Hitrans, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Edinburgh City Council.

The closing date for applications is 17thAugust and details can be viewed via this link,3256987812&key=48854074&c=415965352276&pagestamp=setgrdjzdcxineehrs

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