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Wheel gone kids …

pic4Youngsters had a “wheely good time” on Saturday – as they flocked to the stalls in Queensferry town centre.

The kids visited the Queensferry Ambition displays, set up to promote walking, cycling and using public transport. It was part of European Mobility Week.

Members of the 21st South Queensferry Scout Group were out in force to give their support to the campaign.

Giveaways and leaflets were on offer, as well as free bike check-ups and information on electric bikes.

The Enterprise Car Club, which allows people to have a car when they really need it, was represented – as well as Forth Wellness, offering free fit camps for local people.

A mascot promoting Edinburgh’s new 20 MPH zones, which operate in South Queensferry, also joined in the fun.

And researchers were also on hand to ask people about their travel habits – and try to identify barriers to locals becoming more active.

The displays were set up in the car park at Scotmid off the Loan – handily located right next to a great cycle and walking path leading to Dalmeny. It gave some of the visitors a good excuse to go on a bike ride.

This year’s Mobility Week is trying to push home the message that walking, cycling and using public transport is not just greener, and can make you fitter – it can also be good for the local economy.

Maggie Mitchell from Queensferry Ambition said: “Many of us have taken to shopping online, but there’s nothing better than going for a walk around the shops. It gives you some exercise, you can meet some lovely people, have a coffee – and perhaps bag a bargain at the same time.

“I hope people will support the campaign and think about their transport habits.

“Cutting down car use also cuts down emissions and the resulting pollution, and that has to be good for everyone too.”

Saturday’s event and the wider campaign have been funded by Business Improvement Districts Scotland with grant funding from Transport Scotland. South Queensferry’s campaign has also been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.