Cycle Industry News)
A total of 44 organisations including, local authorities, housing associations, National Parks and Community Trusts are set to be awarded grants, from the Sustrans Scotland administered Community Links programme, which is funded by Transport Scotland.
The 225 successful applications include bold initiatives to overcome significant barriers to pedestrians and cyclists, such as dangerous junctions and busy roads.
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.
One of the projects receiving Sustrans Scotland Community Links funding is a segregated cycle path which will connect Speirs Warf and the Forth and Clyde Glasgow National Cycle Network Route (Route 754) and the cycle routes at the east-end of Glasgow, through the Sighthill regeneration master plan.
The traffic-free path will improve the route from the future Mini Holland, Cowcaddens and the ‘Metal Petals’ underpass to Port Dundas ultimately to the east of the City Centre over the proposed new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the M8.
The project, which is being carried out in partnership with Glasgow City Council, forms part of the multimillion pound regeneration projects of Port Dundas by Glasgow City Council. This will see up to 600 new homes and new commercial spaces and aims to encourage people to cycle for more of their everyday journeys.
Sustrans has awarded the council a provisional grant of £25,145 for the project with up to £251,455 being granted upon provision of a programme of works and detailed designs.
Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to increasing active travel rates.