18. We will take forward the provisions of the Cycling Action Plan and the National Walking Strategy

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government

Locations: All Scotland

Further reading:
Transport Scotland’s Cycling Action Plan

Let’s Get Scotland Walking – The National Walking Strategy

Cycling Scotland’s Progress Report on the Cycling Action Plan

Environmental Mitigation: None identified.

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
Implement Cycling Action Plan

Local Authorities supported to prepare Active Travel Strategies

Community Link PLUS competition announcement in November 2015 to re-allocate road space in favour of fully segregated, on-road cycle paths. The competition drew in 25 applications from LAs and the winner was announced in August 2016 – South City Way in Glasgow.

Community Links PLUS has received £25 million of funding from 2015.  Design development and community engagement is underway for the successful 2016/17 projects:

  • Glasgow – Connecting Woodside
  • Edinburgh – Meadows to George Street
  • Edinburgh – West Edinburgh Active Travel Network
  • Highland Council – Inverness City Active Travel Network
  • Stirling Council – Walk, Cycle Live Stirling

£9.3 million has been committed to Community Links PLUS in 2018/19. Proposals include:

  • Angus Council: Accessible Arbroath, Active Travel, Active Town
  • City of Edinburgh Council: Edinburgh Active Travel Network
  • Dundee City Council: Northern Links
  • East Renfrewshire Council: A727 Active Travel Corridor, Toll to Toll, and the A77 Newton Mearns to Glasgow Cycle Corridor
  • Glasgow City Council: North City Way
  • Glasgow City Council: Yorkhill Kelvingrove Cycling Village
  • Glasgow City Council: Glasgow Avenues Plus
  • North Ayrshire Council: Coastal Connections
  • Perth and Kinross Council: Perth City Region Cycle Network
  • South Ayrshire Council: Accessible Ayr

Stage 2 proposals for these projects are due April 2019

In 2018/19 we have opened a new £650,000 interest free loan fund for E bikes and £1,050,000 for grants and trials to step up the promotion of E bikes. The E-bike Grant Fund is aimed at local authorities, public sector agencies, community organisations, colleges and universities. It also targets Home Energy Scotland advice centres, active travel hubs and community centres so that more people can test ride e-bikes.

Nineteen public sector organisations and community groups across Scotland are to share £470,000 from the first round of E-bike Grant Fund.

2014 – September – Delivery Forum for the National Walking Strategy established. Craig McLaren (RTPI Scotland) was appointed as Chair of the Delivery Forum. Paths for All has been supporting in development and monitoring of the action plan. Recent activity taken to refresh action plan in 2018 to allow greater focus on key activities.

The next refresh of the Cycling Action Plan (third version) was published at the end of 2016 following Transport Scotland consultation meetings with key stakeholders.  Cycling Scotland has prepared a progress report that has fed into the CAPS 2016 document.

Cycling Scotland continue to hold 3 meetings per year with key stakeholders and Transport Scotland to assess progress against the Cycling Action Plan.

The National Walking Strategy met for first time on 25 November 2015 and agreed the Action Plan.  This was published early in 2016

The National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum (NWSDF) will oversee the development and delivery of the National Walking Strategy Action Plan.  The group is chaired by Craig McLaren (RTPI  Scotland) and comprises of senior representatives from key organisations who are involved in the delivery of the Action Plan.



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