Cairngorms Nationwide Park Authority (CNPA) rangers have used bicycles for years of their work throughout the area.
However now, as a part of efforts to cut back the CNPA’s carbon footprint, they’ve redoubled their dedication to pedal energy.
Rangers throughout the Cairngorms are swapping automobiles for bikes to assist encourage fossil fuel-free journey throughout the nationwide park.
By getting on their bikes as a substitute of driving autos, Cairngorms rangers hope to encourage extra energetic journey within the park.
Pete Brief, a nationwide park ranger within the Cairngorms primarily based at Nethy Bridge, makes use of his bike to patrol areas like Loch Garten, Grantown, and the Speyside Manner.
Since he opted to prioritise pedalling over utilizing a automobile, Mr Brief says he has discovered all types of benefits for his work.
This summer season, Mr Brief obtained experiences of a fireplace about two miles away from the closest highway.
By biking to the scene, he mentioned he was in a position to attend and convey the incident below management extra quickly than he would have in a car.
He mentioned: “Earlier within the yr we had been all our carbon expenditure throughout the nationwide park, and as a ranger service we really expend various CO2 simply driving round.
“So one of many methods we’re lowering that’s by swapping our automobiles for our bikes.
“It permits us to get fairly far afield and get on tracks the place a car simply actually isn’t applicable.”
In addition to serving to rangers like Mr Brief nip concerning the Cairngorms shortly, the initiative can be designed to encourage residents and guests alike to cycle.
And by testing out bike routes within the communities he works in, Mr Brief might help establish the place work wants achieved to make them higher.
He continued: “The rangers are out and about on a regular basis, so we will see what trails are appropriate and establish the place there’s room for enchancment.
“The response has been overwhelmingly optimistic from most people once we’ve instructed them about how we’re utilizing our bikes.