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Scotland plans for new taskforce to drive cycling infrastructure forward


4 November 2016

Scotland Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has revealed plans to establish a new task-force to boost cycling infrastructure in the country.

The primary objective of this taskforce team will be to drive forward cycling infrastructure such as segregated cycle paths.

Yousaf said: “I cannot emphasise enough the Scottish Government’s absolute commitment to increasing active travel rates.

"I cannot emphasise enough the Scottish Government’s absolute commitment to increasing active travel rates."

"Since 2010, £100m has been invested in the Community Links programme providing grant funding for over 700 cycling and walking projects; all of which are helping to increase the number of people choosing to travel actively on a daily basis.

“While the Scottish Government is investing record amounts, I want to be certain that public money is invested wisely and any barriers to effective delivery are understood and overcome.

“Community Links Plus has the potential to be a game changer for Active Travel In Scotland but too often bold visions get bogged down in the delivery.

"Recently, I have been disappointed some decisions taken locally about cycling infrastructure which will hinder the achievement of our long term vision, in particular the installation of segregated cycle lanes on the streets of our towns and cities.”

The new taskforce will be chaired by Transport Scotland, and will begin its work following the publication of the updated Cycling Action Plan for Scotland in December.

Some key organisations such as COSLA, the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland and other delivery partners will be invited to take an active part in the group.

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