Huntly’s Green Travel Hub Gathers Momentum

Huntly became the 110th member of Scottish Communities CAN in October 2014.

By way of welcome, we invited them to tell us all a bit about themselves:

The Huntly & District Development Trust managed project ‘The Green Travel Hub’ has got off to a flying start with an e bike demo day and screening of the hit independent film ‘Bicycle’. Look out for a car club for Huntly, Eco Driver training, more films and more e bikes!

Twenty people braved the wet and windy weather on Saturday the 4th October to take an electric bike for a spin up to the Castle Hotel and back. The 3km route gave riders the chance to feel the benefit of the subtle electric assistance on the long climb up to the hotel and everyone was impressed at the ease with which the bikes powered up the hill. For the technology lovers The Electric Bike Company, who came up from Edinburgh with the bikes, were on standby to answer any questions. The Green Travel Hub are purchasing three electric bikes in the new year so keep an eye out for future e bike events and news!

The event coincided nicely with a meeting of the Huntly Cycling Group at which Mark Skilling from Aberdeenshire Council outlined the Huntly Integrated Travel Town initiative which will see £80k spent on cycling and other green travel related projects. Mark needs our help to identify sites for automated bike counters, cycle racks and ideas on other improvements so if you have any suggestions drop into the Brander Building and have a chat with Oli.

On Thursday 2nd October Huntly Film Club and The Room to Roam Green Travel Hub put on a special screening of the hit independent film ‘Bicycle’ to an enthusiastic audience of 30. The film which tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, its birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. The thought provoking and often humorous film proved so popular that we’ll be making a cycle themed film night a monthly fixture. Look out for the posters and updates around town and online.

The Huntly Room to Roam Green Travel Hub and Huntly & District Development Trust are running a series of Fuel Good Driver Training courses on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th of November. This is an excellent opportunity to reduce your fuel bills by up to 40% and learn some valuable advanced driving techniques to; reduce your cars Co2 emissions, reduce wear and tear on expensive consumables such as brakes, clutches and tyres and demonstrate a commitment to the environment.                         The sessions last 50 minutes, are entirely practical with no assessment or test and take place in the instructors vehicle. The instructor will make small suggestions to correct inefficient driving and each driver who completes the training will receive a certificate. Why not make it a friendly family or colleague competition to settle that long standing dispute over who’s the better driver with bragging rights going to the most fuel efficient driver? The training is free and there’s the chance to win a Huntly Farmers Market voucher for the driver demonstrating the biggest saving. Places are filling up fast so why not book your place now email or call Oli on 01466 799416 or oliver.giles@huntly.net.

A car club for Huntly?

Would you like to drive the latest electric vehicles? Do you need occasional access to a seven seat vehicle or an estate? Would you like to get rid of an old and expensive second car but need easy and cheap access to a car? The Huntly car club could be for you! We’re working hard to launch a car club in Huntly in the new year, if you’re interested in joining or would like to have a say on the types of vehicle available or where they’re kept contact Oli on 01466 799416 or oliver.giles@huntly.net.

Scottish Communities CAN Members: If you’d like to share a bit about your group or project, this space is yours! email info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

 

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