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Scotland's cycling routes to get £6m revamp

Postby The Loneys » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:47 am

Published on the BBC News website today

Scotland's cycle path network is to get a £6m revamp, which will include improvements to the Land's End to John O'Groats route.

The famous route will be upgraded from Barnton Junction to the Forth Road Bridge.

The money will also be used to create more cycle paths in Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Routes in Dundee, Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh will also be improved, as will the cycle path along the A90.

Transport Minister Keith Brown confirmed details of the funding, which was announced two weeks ago in Finance Secretary John Swinney's Budget.

He said the cash would also allow thousands of schoolchildren in Scotland to learn more about bike safety.

'Bike library schemes'

"I've been working closely with the cycling community in recent months to find out exactly what's needed to get more people in Scotland on their bikes," he said.

"We want to ensure all P6-7 pupils have access to on-road cycle training.

"Schemes such as Bikeability Scotland and Give Me Cycle Space, which teach kids how to stay safe on their bikes, are doing a great job of encouraging them to cycle from an early age and that's why I am ensuring that we continue to fund their work.

"This additional funding will allow more local authorities to move to on-road training through staff training, recruitment of volunteers and bike library schemes, particularly in more deprived areas."

Ian Aitken, Cycling Scotland chief executive, said: "I'm delighted that this new funding will help us continue our work in equipping Scottish schoolchildren with the skills and confidence to cycle.

"We are working with local authorities across Scotland to increase the amount of training which is delivered on-road, as opposed to in the playground, as training is far more beneficial when delivered in a live road environment.

"This funding will enable us to support the network of over 4,000 amazing volunteers that are currently delivering cycle training, increase the number of children receiving training on-road, and to continue to campaign for greater consideration for cyclists using the road network."
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Re: Scotland's cycling routes to get £6m revamp

Postby Chris C » Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:11 pm

Without wishing to be too cynical, do you think any of this cash will come to the North East?
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Re: Scotland's cycling routes to get £6m revamp

Postby Nebulous » Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:59 pm

It's hard to say. Did any of the local councils actually apply for it?

We tend not to do well if deprived areas are targeted.

They are talking about the A90 but I doubt if they mean the Broch end!

It's a start though and targeting primary school children is good. I recently visited a primary school with about 30 bikes in their rack, which was really pleasing to see.
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Re: Scotland's cycling routes to get £6m revamp

Postby Colin A » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:32 pm

Peter and Claire are claiming this. they spoke to our esteemed First Minister about more money for developing cycling.

Certainly our local council is at least allowing us to put ideas forward for how to develop cycling in the area. hence the three local forums we have been involved with over the last few weeks. Obviously we aren't going to get all our ideas but when they can see a quick win at relatively low cost (Like the new academy track) they do seem keen to get involved. there is money ring-fenced for cycling, it's just trying to find the right doors to open to get to the cash.

With that in mind the last of the Community forums regarding cycling in the area is on Wednesday evening at Oldmeldrum academy. 6.30 pm for a cup of tea and biscuit and 7pm start.

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