Infrastructure improvements to help people of all ages and abilities to make more journeys by foot and bike are to be designed and constructed across Scotland as part of our Community Links programme.
The measures will be delivered thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and will involve a partnership of Local Authorities, public and third sector organisations. More than 150 projects will be funded in an ongoing and long-term effort to enable more people to choose to walk and cycle more often.
Over £40 million to be invested in cycling and walking projects in Scotland
In total we have awarded over £18 million through the Community Links programme during the coming financial year. Applicant organisations have to match fund the allocation - meaning a total of £41.5 million will be invested in cycling and walking projects. Over 50 organisations - including all 32 Local Authorities, National Parks, Community Trusts, ScotRail and Scottish Canals submitted applications for the Community Links programme, which is funded by Transport Scotland.
“ The high quality projects awarded Community Links funding this year are the latest examples of what can be achieved when working in partnership with local authorities and communities. ”
The improvements will make it easier for people to be more active - bringing significant benefits to health and well-being as well as improving air quality and access to local businesses, public transport hubs and major tourist attractions.
Bold initiatives and innovative solutions
The projects include bold initiatives to overcome significant barriers such as dangerous junctions and busy roads. A selection of larger scale exemplar projects will be designed ready for construction in 2017. For example, in Stirling, the train station forecourt will be remodelled to create a safer and more convenient space for people on foot and bike to enjoy. In Glasgow, the junction of Victoria Bridge and Clyde Street will be redesigned to give people cycling and walking priority. In Edinburgh, city centre streets are being reconsidered to give people more space to move actively across the city for work, shopping or leisure. Innovative solutions to smaller obstacles to navigating our streets and roads are also an important part of the programme. These improvements will make it easier for people to be more active and choose to cycle or walk for everyday journeys - bringing significant benefits to health and well-being as well as helping to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions.
A step closer to achieving our vision
Crucially, these high quality and sustainable projects across Scotland will bring us closer to achieving the shared vision of 10% of everyday journeys by bike by 2020.