Sustrans Scotland, with funding from Transport Scotland, have opened a fund for community groups in Scotland to apply for small grants between £100 and £1,500 to go towards artistic and visual improvements to the National Cycle Network. These improvements could include things like a new planter, a mural, a sculpture or even a scented green patch.
Popular cycling and walking routes are about more than just smooth surfaces, junctions and continuity. Our aim is to encourage users to cycle and walk more often and further. Making routes pleasing to the eye and memorable is part of that vision.
Artworks on the Network
Since the National Cycle Network was founded in 1995, we have worked with numerous artists to add artworks and visual improvements to enhance the routes. Artworks send out a message that cyclists and walkers are valued and that public spaces such as streets, pavements, parks and paths deserve to be cherished.
Our commitment to environmental art continues, particularly while there is great public enthusiasm for it. We have decided that the best way of getting new artwork and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network is to hand it over to those who know and love it the most – the local communities.
Applying for the funding
If you're a constitued community group in Scotland and would like to make improvements to the artworks along your local route, you can apply for funding.