RESIDENTS in Clackmannan will be encouraged to saddle up for commutes following the appointment of an active travel co-ordinator.

Scott Bamford has taken up a post with Clackmannan Development Trust and will be working with the local community to drive forward change toward active travel in and around the town.

He will be working to break down the barriers and make the most of local resources.

Scott said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to promote active travel in our local area.

"We are fortunate to have access to some great paths and routes locally and I want to help take away the barriers that prevent people making full use of them.

"I look forward engaging with the community, employers and schools to find ways to help people make the most our environment by providing resources and facilities to make this happen."

Scott is in post on an initial 12-month contract, thanks to a successful bid to the Paths for All, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund.

Scott's work will compliment the trust's recent efforts, which saw the development of a cycle programme called Saddle Up Clackmannan.

It is led by volunteers who are also offering Back on the Saddle training to build confidence and skills so people can enjoy leisurely group cycle rides in and around the town.

Additionally, the trust made a funding big to secure some bikes to lean and rent to people who do not own one.

The next Saddle Up group ride will be to Gartmorn Dam on Sunday, July 14, from 2pm – with those interested urged to meet outside Clackmannan Health Centre on the day.

Monica Wilson, chair of Clackmannan Development Trust, added: "We are thrilled to have the backing of Paths for All's Smarter Choices to help us continue with our development work in looking at how to create a healthier environment for our residents, reducing our carbon footprint and tackling some of our transport issues.

"Cycling is a great way to socialise and explore our local area.

"We are delighted to welcome Scott to the team.''