First cycling development officer appointed for north-east Scotland

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Kathryn MacKay has been appointed as the first cycling development officer for the north-east by Nestrans. The role has been created as a joint initiative between the transport partnership and sustainable transport body Sustrans Scotland. The aim of her role is to create a vision and plan to deliver a comprehensive, coherent and high quality active travel network for the north-east.

Nestrans Director, Derick Murray said, “We are delighted to welcome Kathryn to the team. I am sure she will enjoy this opportunity to develop cycling initiatives across the region. This role will no doubt strengthen the relationships we have with cycling related partners in the north-east.”

Kathryn will work closely with the local authorities and cycling organisations to progress active travel networks across the region. She will also support Nestrans in the delivery of the Active Travel Action Plan for the region. The plan looks at ways to increase the number of pedestrian and cycle journeys in the north-east of Scotland and is currently out for consultation.

Kathryn MacKay, “I’m excited for the challenges that face me in this newly created role. I hope to make a real impact on the on the active travel network in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”

Sustrans have had similar arrangements with Tactran, Hitrans, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Edinburgh City Council but this will be this first dedicated cycling development officer for the region. To ensure the north-east is contributing towards the national vision is for 10% of journeys being by bicycle Kathryn will liaise with Sustrans, Cycling Scotland and other cycling organisations.