SPT’s Strategy & Programmes Committee today (Friday 13th) agreed to make substantial investments in active travel infrastructure across Strathclyde.
In partnership with sustainable travel charity Sustrans, a total of £5.5 million has been allocated to walking and cycling projects in all 12 of SPT’s constituent councils for the period 2014/15.
A grant of £2.5 million from Sustrans’ Community Links Fund was match-funded with £3.1 million from SPT’s Capital Programme.
SPT Chair Councillor Jim Coleman said:
“Alternative travel choices are absolutely vital and with the Scottish Government’s vision for 10% of all journeys to be made by bike by 2020, the right infrastructure needs to be developed to achieve this.
“I’m so encouraged that SPT is pledging this level of funding to walking and cycling projects across the west of Scotland. I believe, we’re empowering people to make smarter travel choices, as well as supporting the Government in making their vision a reality.”
The funding will benefit 43 individual projects in all, with works carried out on behalf of SPT by local councils.
Councillor Coleman added:
“Encouraging people to move away from less sustainable modes of transport is a key objective for SPT.
“Any sort of modal shift requires collaborative effort and by working closely with our local councils and Sustrans I’m confident that, over time, we can effect real, positive change.”