Living Streets warmly welcomes today’s announcement of £10m funding for active travel infrastructure from the Scottish Government.

 

Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, has announced a new active travel infrastructure programme, funding pop-up walking and cycling routes to make it safer for people who choose to walk, wheel or cycle for essential trips and exercise during the COVID-19 outbreak. Through the programme, local authorities will be able to access support to make improvements like widening pavements and cycle lanes.

man walking on high street

Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland, said:

“Space for physical distancing when walking and cycling is a vital part of long-term strategies to tackle COVID-19. It’s important councils are bold in terms of reclaiming road space and removing redundant parking spaces to create the space that is urgently needed in towns centres.

"Filtered neighbourhoods, banning cars from certain roads and tackling pavement parking can all help make our daily exercise easier and safer.

“As we approach National Walking Month, we echo Mr Matheson’s calls for local authorities to 'come forward with bold and ambitious plans for implementing temporary active travel measures'. Living Streets is encouraging members of the public to contact their local councils and call on them to take up these measures."