Number of people biking to work in Inverness is on the rise

The number of commuters cycling to work in Inverness has more than doubled.

An increase in keen bike-riders saw the figure soar from 3.4% in 2012-13 to 8% in 2014-15.

Now SNP MSP Maree Todd is launching a campaign to promote safe cycling to work in her Highlands and Islands constituency, in light of recent data showing that pedalling commuters are less stressed.

The study published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management revealed that commuters who cycled to work were less stressed than their counterparts who arrived by car.

Ms Todd, a member of Holyrood's sport committee, said: "My husband is one of the many who commutes by bike now, all or part of the way from Strathpeffer to Inverness, and I am a trustee for the Peffery Way, which aims to get an off road path between Strathpeffer and Dingwall suitable for cyclists.

"With growing evidence that pedalling commuters are less stressed than those who drive to work, it's great that nearly one in 10 commuters are regularly choosing to cycle to work in Inverness and I hope these numbers will continue to grow.

"The Highlands and Islands are popular among cycle tourists and we've seen a rise in cycling generally across the area - a trend that will no doubt continue as the North Coast 500 route attracts more and more tourists.

"While it is not always practical to ditch the car when you live in the Highlands and Islands, I for one will continue to promote active transport, including safe cycling, to travel shorter distances, not least to improve congestion and reduce our carbon footprint and our stress levels."

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