We are pleased to announce that the Travel Choices Hub in Dunstable is now back in business offering travel advice and support to the local community.
The Hub relaunched last week, with an event on 7 December that included speeches from Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration Services at Central Bedfordshire Council; Matthew Barber of Sustrans; and Siobhan McSwiggan, Delivery and Hub Co-ordinator, Sustrans.
The Travel Choices Hub team will once again be helping the local community by planning cycle-friendly routes; offering national public transport information; meeting residents at local railway stations; advising on travel options, bike loans; and also hosting various events.
The relaunch event was a huge success, with activities for the public to join in, including a smoothie bike for anyone who wanted to get a quick burst of exercise, which involved pedalling up a milkshake smoothie. To get everyone thinking about travelling sustainably, a pledge selfie board was available: everyone who made a pledge to be more sustainable got entered into a free tombola. Prizes included Travel Choices umbrellas, florescent snap bands, water bottles, bike lights and other bike-related prizes.
During the event one dedicated volunteer, Robin Cowan, received local volunteer of the year - the most celebrated prize of the day. This was in recognition of the many hours spent helping to run cycle rides across Luton and Dunstable, as well working to keep National Cycle Route 6 clear of vegetation for cyclists and walkers.
Councillor Nigel Young said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the relaunch of the Travel Choices Hub last week. We hope that the public take advantage of the services the Hub offers, and that it will help people to make more sustainable decisions when planning their journeys in the future.
“The project is now entering a new phase. We will be launching Bedfordshire STARS (Sustainable Travel Access to Railway Stations), an initiative which will see Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford Councils working together to deliver coordinated support, focusing on the local railway stations between Luton Airport and Bedford.”