Massive cash boost to promote walking and cycling projects

A massive cash boost of £15 million is to go to 44 organisations to promote walking and cycling in Scotland.

Housing associations, National Parks and Community Trusts are set to be awarded grants, from the Sustrans Scotland administered Community Links programme.

And, as all projects are required to be match funded against the allocation from Sustrans – a further £15 million will also be invested into active travel projects through the programme.

The applications include bold initiatives to overcome significant barriers to pedestrians and cyclists, such as dangerous junctions and busy roads.

Once completed, they will make it easier for people to walk and cycle for more of their everyday journeys.

Daisy Narayanan, deputy director at Sustrans Scotland said: “The high quality of the applications to our Community Links programme, demonstrates the continued commitment from current and new partners to creating safe and accessible walking and cycling routes across the country.

“We have worked hard to carefully select those of the highest quality to fund and we look forward to working with all our partners to ensure the successful delivery of their projects.”

Humza Yousaf MSP, minister for Transport, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to increasing active travel rates.

Since 2010, more than £100m has been invested in the Community Links programme providing grant funding for over 700 cycling and walking projects.

“The applications demonstrate real innovation and enthusiasm to deliver improved and innovative environments for walking and cycling to take place in Scotland.”

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