SimplePleaures_ImageAs part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 the official ‘re-opening’ of the recently upgraded section of the National Cycle Network route 7 that runs from Whiteinch to Yoker in west Glasgow and the official launch of the Simple Pleasures Easily Found map for west Glasgow will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 27 March 2015 at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, G14 0BL.

The re-opening and Simple Pleasures map launch event is being hosted by Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) as part of a week long series of events and activities that are taking place to celebrate the completion of the £250,000 project to upgrade the section of the cycle path. The project has been funded by Glasgow City Council and Sustrans Scotland and is part of a wider investment programme in improving cycling infrastructure across the City.

Route7G14UpgradeBothThe Simple Pleasures map has been produced by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with DRCET to celebrates Glasgow’s natural assets and aims to help connect people with where they live and to where they want to go – local parks, the canal and places of interest. The map is based on a 10 mile circuit linking the cycle path to the Forth & Clyde canal tow path and back to the cycle path via Whitecrook, Knightswood and Victoria Parks and other local green spaces.

Councillor Alistair Watson, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Sustainability and Transport along with representatives from DRCET, Sustrans Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and other partners will be participating in the event.

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager said:

“Spring is a great time to be getting out and about more and enjoying the simple pleasures in life and that is what we are encouraging people to do now that the cycle path has been upgraded. Nature really is right on your doorstep so get outdoors and enjoy life’s simple pleasures, wherever you may be.”

Theresa Kewell, SNH Communications Officer said:

BikePath_Before-After“The partnership is really hoping to inspire people to find and explore new green and traffic free routes for local journeys, whether it’s for a walk in a lunch break, a journey to work or the shops or for just getting out and about. It also provides contact details for health walks in the area. Free maps and promotional postcards will be arriving soon in local outlets in G13, G14 and beyond.”

Sustrans Scotland has also adopted the traffic free section of the route as an extension to the existing Greener Greenway from Milton to Dalmuir. This means a habitat and biodiversity management plan will be drawn up for this section of the route.

The bike path celebration week, the launch event and the Simple Pleasures map have been partly funded by Glasgow City Council Ward 12 and Ward 13 Area Partnerships.