Travel and Tourism
about all public transport services in Scotland, including changes and contitions related to Covid-19, can be found on the Traveline Scotland website.
If you have mobility problems either short or long term, local charity Shopmobility Highland provide mobility scooters, power chairs, wheelchairs and rollators for persons of all ages with long or short term mobility problems, in Inverness and Dingwall. There is also a minibus at each location offering daily shopping trips for members. There is a membership fee and a small charge per trip or hire.
Active Travel Conference 2021 - call for participants
The National Active Travel Conference is now well-established as the go-to event for everyone whose professional life touches on the need to encourage and develop active travel in Scotland. This event brings together a broad audience, encompassing transport planners and engineers, health professionals, town planners and property professionals, local authorities, private sector, and third sector participants.
We are now inviting proposals from organisations to participate in the next conference, scheduled to take place on 2 June 2021.
At this stage, we are planning for the event to take place in a virtual, face-to-face or hybrid format.
Ferintosh Community Bus proposal
From the minutes of Ferintosh Community Council 17 August 2020
The latest meeting was the first to involve all the potential partners for this project (working title of Ferintosh Community Bus) and included FCC /CCT /RVA /THC/Stagecoach /HITRANS. The basic principle is to provide a small bus (8 or 16 seater) for the use of FCC residents 24/7. During the working weekdays, the bus would be primarily used to link at Tore with the plethora of buses moving to and from Inverness through Tore. In the evenings and weekends, the bus would be available primarily for community use. The Tore trans-linkage point has not yet been agreed but the moment that is achieved is the moment that FCC will consult first with all current bus passengers and residents on the general principle followed by a further consultation on the details (timing, frequency) of fixed line services. A recent letter from a resident concerned about the sight of virtually empty large buses going through Culbokie highlights the need for a project like the Ferintosh Community Bus. . . Introduction of a phone app would not substitute for all current methods of communication.
Common Weal / InverYESs is urging the introduction of a Park and Ride scheme for Inverness as an important and necessary practical response to the Climate Emergengy declared by Highland Council.
A quality PARK and RlDE scheme for the City of lnverness.
"We maintain that the above has become an essential part of a package of transport measures that needs to happen as soon as possible if our CLIMATE EMERGENCY is to be effectively tackled. The most desirable forms of transport both into and out of our city of lnverness must become buses and trains powered by renewables, and of course active travel. Transport 'experts' must now be found to design a quality scheme to operate daily over the period including and between the morning and evening commutes.
"Some aspects that must be considered are as follows...
- Parking at PARK and RIDE car parks and bus travel should be free
- Waiting time for a bus should not exceed 10 minutes
- Access and passage for buses must now be prioritised before other motors, leading to increased provision of bus lanes
- Car parking charges should be expanded and increased within the city (excepting for the disabled), including a workplace parking levy to help fund the PARK and RIDE scheme."
The Black Isle
From being a relative backwater just a couple of decades ago, the Black Isle has become a busy through route and commuter zone.
Traffic jams, pollution and growing vulnerability to fuel price hikes are among the pressures taking their toll on local motorists.
We're working to boost more sociable, savvy ways of travelling on the Black Isle.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas and find out more.
NC 500 - An Alternative View
The view expressed below appeared on the Facebook page of Cromarty Community Development Trust in 2019, with this comment from the Trust -
"This is not the formal opinion of the Development Trust, but it is an interesting 'alternative view' about the NorthCoast500, presented here to stimulate discussion. Interestingly, it says that Iceland banned camper van camping outwith official sites following rapid expansion of their camper van tourism. We're building a site in Cromarty, and it's obvious the pressures of tourism need to be managed in many countries. Cromarty welcomes tourism, and tourists support our local businesses; but communities should be able to choose how much tourism and what kind brings most benefits to our communities."
- Saturday 5 December
- 10:30 CCT Culbokie woods Christmas work party
- 10:00 SCCAN / Planet Sutherland Highlands and Islands regional event
- Tuesday 8 December
- 18:00 Home Energy Scotland - Save money on energy - Heating controls
- 19:00 Transition network online 'Green but mostly White'
- 18:00 SCCAN online event - Climate & Eco Emergency
- Wednesday 9 December
- 18:00 Home Energy Scotland - Save money on energy - Insulation
- 12:00 Highland Third Sector Interface 2020 AGM
- 17:30 SEDA Solar Seminar series - 3 Passive Solar Architecture
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