Sustrans, the transport charity, have announced the 136 winners of the Community Links Programme who will share £14.5 million. The awards will help local authorities and statutory bodies to move forward active travel projects across Scotland get more people cycling more often.

There are 74 awarded projects in the CSGN area. All the nineteen CSGN local authorities have projects that have been awarded cash. The awarded projects vary from short paths links to schools to large scale cycling routes. One of the largest projects will be in Edinburgh. A high quality cycling and pedestrian route will be created between the Union Canal and the National Cycle Circle 1 at the Innocent Tunnel via the Meadows.

Tom Bishop, Sustrans’ Community Links Coordinator, said:

“The installation of these new cycling facilities will give people the opportunity to travel actively on a regular basis.  This will bring them a large number of benefits – health, financial and environmental.  It will also help Scotland move towards achieving the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland for 10% of trips to be by bike by 2020.”  

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“I am encouraged by the number of local authorities who have put forward exemplar projects which could make a difference to helping more people to walk and cycle for everyday local journeys.

“The Scottish Government is committed to investing in cycling infrastructure, training and road safety projects through active partnerships with charities such as Sustrans to make Scotland a more active and healthy nation and increase the numbers of people choosing to cycle each day.”