ScotRail, the franchise holder for train services within Scotland, has launched a £400,000 Cycle Fund aimed at making at easier for people to undertake journeys combining bike and rail.
The initiative will provide £100,000 each year for the next four years to local authorities and other organisations in line with the rail operator’s pledge to make “doorstep to destination” trips as easy as possible.
Kathryn Mackay, ScotRail Alliance Cycling Manager, commented: “We’ve delivered an unprecedented investment in cycling in recent years, with the provision of Bike & Go at 12 stations, and over 1,200 extra cycle spaces.
“The £400,000 Cycling Fund will allow us to continue this investment by delivering our vision of a seamless ‘doorstep to destination’ journey for customers.
“We are encouraging councils and local community groups to take advantage of this great opportunity,” she added.
“It’s all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”
According to ScotRail, whose franchise is run by Abellio, a subsidiary of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the Dutch national railway operator, the Cycle Fund will be used for projects which:
Improve directions and signs.
Upgrade connections between stations and other local services such as schools and town centres.
Improve marketing and promotion of cycling to stations
Introduce new facilities for customers accessing stations by bike.
Humza Yousaf, Scottish Transport Minister, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to getting more people to make active travel choices by encouraging modal shift wherever possible.