New funding to support Glasgow’s ‘cycling capital’ ambition

12.00 | 4 July 2016 |

Glasgow City Council is to invest an additional £3m into cycling, walking and road safety projects as it looks to make the city the cycling capital of Scotland.

Announced on 22 June, the funding has been made available to the council via four grants from the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Sustrans Scotland, Paths for All and Transport Scotland’s Walking Safer Streets fund.

The money will go towards improving the city’s cycling network by increasing the provision of safe cycle routes and providing more secure cycle parking facilities.

It will also be used to enhance the city’s bus infrastructure and for a number of road safety schemes including traffic calming and minor road improvements aimed at accident reduction.

Bailie Elaine McDougall, executive member for transport, environment and sustainability, said: “The council has already committed to invest £6m on cycling and cycling infrastructure over the next three years to make Glasgow the most cycle-friendly city in Scotland.

"We’ve been making real progress in promoting active and sustainable travel choices like cycling or walking. But we have to insure that our citizens can do so conveniently and safely.

"This new cash will help improve our cycling and walking infrastructure even further as well as making it safer on city streets by introducing speed reduction and traffic calming schemes.

"We want more people to leave the car behind especially when they make short trips or are commuting to school or work. We know how important active travel is in terms of improving Glaswegians health and well-being but also helping to reduce our carbon footprint."

Photo courtesy of Glasgow City Council.



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