Sustrans Scotland has welcomed the investment of £80m to active travel in the 2017 Scottish Government budget as a 'bold statement of intent' for the country.
Reacting to the news, which was announced as part of the Governments spending and taxation plans for the year ahead, Sustrans Scotland Director John Lauder said:
"Investing £80m in active travel as part of the 2017 budget is a bold statement of intent for the government. By doubling the budget from £40m to £80m there is the potential for a step change in how active travel is delivered in Scotland, and massively increase people's health and wellbeing It also sets an example for the rest of the UK.
"The investment ensures that 10% of the trunk roads budget is spent on walking and cycling projects and builds on the successes to date in programmes for walking, cycling and improvements to local communities.
"Our challenge for the future is to build on the creative partnerships already working to make cycling and walking easier, particularly local authorities, regional transport authorities, Scottish Canals, the two national parks and Community Trusts taking active travel to the heart of their communities.
"Walking and cycling is delivering a whole range of benefits across health, environment, transport, education and rural and urban economies. Sustrans Scotland is ready to continue its work with partners across the board to help Scotland realise its potential as an Active Nation."