Funding boost for walking and cycling

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Walking and cycling infrastructure in Scotland has received a boost

Two children on bikes

The Scottish Government is placing greater emphasis on healthier travel

14 October 2015

Sustrans Scotland has today welcomed a funding boost for walking and cycling.

The Minister for Transport and Islands has announced an additional £3.3 million for walking and cycling infrastructure at the inaugural Active Travel Summit. This additional funding takes overall investment to £39.2 million for 2015/16, to match last year’s investment.

The funding which has been made to Sustrans Scotland will support new Community Links projects and improvements to the National Cycle Network.

Walking and cycling is one of the best investments any government can make.

-  John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland’s National Director

Representatives from local authorities, Regional Transport Partnerships, Health Boards and other stakeholders have come together for the Active Travel Summit. The establishment of a Summit was the number one action from the 2013 Cycling Action Plan for Scotland

One of the best investments any government can make.

Commenting, John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland’s National Director said:

“Sustrans Scotland welcomes the Minister’s announcement today for additional funding for walking and cycling. The Scottish Government is right to place greater emphasis on, and dedicate more funding to, healthier and greener ways of getting around.

“Walking and cycling is one of the best investments any government can make. The projects we deliver with funding from Transport Scotland are delivering high-return investment at a low cost. 

“We’ll continue to connect Scotland’s communities through our Community Links Programme, and develop the National Cycle Network in Scotland, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.”

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