Sustrans Scotland has launched a new fund to invest in projects that prioritise people over cars and other vehicles – including cycling and walking infrastructure.
The Places for Everyone fund brings three existing funding streams – Community Links, Community Links PLUS and Safer Routes to Schools – into one programme.
Sustrans Scotland says the move, which follows feedback from partners and applicants, demonstrates its commitment to creating accessible spaces and places for all.
The charity also says the new fund will simplify the application process and give it more flexibility to allocate support and funding where it will have the most impact.
Projects that could benefit from the new fund, which is supported by Transport Scotland, include building protected pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, transforming neighbourhoods to prioritise people and making the school run safer and more convenient.
Matthew Macdonald, head of project delivery infrastructure for Sustrans Scotland, said: “Places for Everyone is an important step in achieving clarity, consistency and simplicity so that our funding is accessible for anyone that needs it.
“This rebrand is also an opportunity to underline the experience, expertise and partnership-approach that is at the core of how Sustrans works. Our success isn’t based on simply sharing funds but also in sharing knowledge.
“Infrastructure isn’t just new paths and cycleways, it is about how places prioritise people movement over vehicular access.
“We want walking and cycling to be accessible to all, providing infrastructure that makes it easier to change life-long travel habits and a chance to create healthier, happier places to live, work and play.”
Places for Everyone opened for applications on 13 March. Click here for more information.