A new fund has been launched to encourage and support active travel within communities in Scotland, with a focus on areas of high deprivation.
A total of £950,000 will be made available through the Scottish Government fund, which will be overseen by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) in partnership with Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland.
The fund is available to housing associations and tenement residential properties, with grants of up to £25,000 available for a range of infrastructure projects including cycle parking shelters, street furniture and improvements to access points and lighting.
Michael Matheson, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, said: “This has been designed as a high-impact fund which will provide greater sustainable transport options and offer healthier lifestyle choices within Scottish communities – with a particular focus on improvements in our most deprived areas.
“We’ve supported similar funds in the past which have improved active travel facilities within businesses, schools and universities; however, this is the first time a range of partners have come together to work directly with housing associations.
“With our experienced active travel delivery partners partnering with the SFHA, this initiative is well placed to benefit social housing providers and communities across the country – and directly contributes to our ambition to build an active nation, ensuring as many as possible can enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling.”
Sarah Boyack, head of public affairs at SFHA, said: “Tenants and communities will benefit from healthier lifestyles and affordable access to work and services as a result of this new grant which will allow social housing providers to invest in walking and cycling facilities.”