More than £5 million is to be spent in
The money, supplied through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) programme, will be used to deliver cycling initiatives and improve infrastructure in seven local authorities.
“The cycling initiatives being taken forward in the seven SCSP project regions give us a fantastic opportunity to do just that. We need the rest of
“Cycling is cheap, healthy and quick for short journeys and has almost zero impact on the environment. If we achieve our overall aim of 10 percent then we will be saving over half a million tonnes of harmful carbon emissions each year and moving towards delivering at least 42 percent emissions cuts by 2020, as outlined in our Climate Change Act.”
Launched last year in partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), SCSP is a £15m scheme targeted at reducing car use in favour of more active and sustainable forms of travel, such as cycling, walking and public transport. It is hoped it will act as a catalyst for change across Scotland.
A study by the Scottish Government for its draft Cycling Action Plan for Scotland showed that 88 percent of respondents would like to cycle more often, yet just two percent of Scots cycle to work and only one percent of children cycle to school.
Area by area
Plans for encouraging cycling uptake in Dumfries – the hometown of bicycle inventor Kirkpatrik MacMillan – include the provision of self-service cycle hire schemes, similar to those run in London, Paris and Barcelona, and ‘cycle to work’ initiatives in conjunction with local employers.
In Falkirk, the aim is to increase levels of cycling to primary school by 15 percent. Other projects include improving public cycle storage facilities, cycle training for all junior school children and the creation of a ‘cycling buddy’ scheme where experienced cycle commuters help newcomers.
Meanwhile, in Orkney, where cycling levels are significantly higher (four percent) than the Scottish average, money will be spent on schemes like bike racks on buses and sheltered cycle parking.
Events like this one with trials rider Danny MacAskill could help get Scots on their bikes