Cycling is a lot more efficient than walking - on average you use around half as many calories when cycling 1 km as you do when walking the same distance and you will cover the distance faster. Replacing car journeys with bike journeys is a great way to reduce your transport footprint and cycling will also improve your health and reduce local air pollution .
All of the energy required for cycling and walking comes from the food you eat, which has its own carbon footprint (see our Food pages). If you choose active transport as a way of reducing your carbon emissions then it is also important to choose a low carbon-intensity diet .
East Neuk Shared Use Path
Plans are currently underway to develop and build a shared-use path for walking, cycling and wheeling that connects the East Neuk villages.This is part of the larger East Neuk 50 project, which aims to create a 50 mile cycle path connecting Kirkcaldy and Dundee. The route is intended to be away from the road for the majority of its length.
The East Neuk Shared Use Path is being developed by several community groups in collaboration with the Community Councils, Fife Council and Sustrans. To find out more information about the path, comment on it or get involved then follow these links relating to different sections of the path - Earlsferry to Pittenweem, Anstruther to Kilrenny, Crail to St. Andrews.
You can also show your support for the Shared Use Path by writing to your local councillors or attending your local Community Council meetings.
Cycle to work scheme
If you are over 16 and a PAYE employee you can save 25-39% on the cost of a new bike and accessories with the cycle to work scheme. There are various organisations that administer the scheme, for example CycleScheme. Local bike shops that participate in the scheme include Spokes Cycles in St Andrews, 2 Wheel Care in Pitscottie, and Fife Cycle Centre in Leuchars.
National Cycle Network
The National Cycle Network is a UK-wide network of paths and routes for cycling, walking and wheeling. You can view routes on their interactive map, though there are currently none which pass through the East Neuk.