THE PARKLETS, Elgin High Street’s new bicycle parking and seating area, was completed yesterday.
Moray Council has installed The Parklets on the plainstones, which provides parking spaces for 12 bikes and features inbuilt wooden seating, surrounded by planters filled with herbs, fruit and vegetables including strawberries, winter salad leaves, lavender, thyme and more. REAP have planted these and will maintain them as part of their edible gardening project, ‘Grow Elgin and Beyond’.
The Parklets have been funded through the Scottish Government’s Paths for All project, and replace the bicycle parking lost when the Dandy Lion statue was installed.
Leader of Moray Council, Cllr George Alexander, regularly cycles into Elgin and said he plans to make full use of The Parklets.
“It’s great to see this new feature on Elgin High Street. Lots of residents and visitors to Moray cycle in and around Elgin and The Parklets is perfectly situated for them to take a pit-stop and recharge their batteries while enjoying what Elgin has to offer.
“What’s more, this doubles the amount of parking space for bicycles that was provided there before. Elgin’s Transport Strategy is not only shaping the future of travel through Elgin, it’s also focussing heavily on active and sustainable travel. We’re taking every opportunity we can to make it easier for everyone to embrace cycling and The Parklets only adds to this.”
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Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.