Cycling, walking and safer streets in Dundee

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MORE THAN £200,000 of improvements to the city’s cycling and walking infrastructure that will help keep pedestrians and bike users safe could be spent in the coming months.

The cash, a £203,000 boost from the Scottish Government as part of the cycling, walking and safer streets initiative will be invested across the city this financial year.

Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Getting rid of the actual physical barriers as well as the ones that exist in people’s heads so that they can get out and about is one of the vital things this money will do.

“So whether it’s improving footpaths, lowering kerbs, making existing pedestrian crossings better or putting in new ones what we are about is ensuring that Dundee is as easy as possible to get about in a healthy, sustainable way.

“The cycling strategy for the city expressed a number of ambitions that this money will also help to achieve including filling in some of the missing links in the network.

“It will make accessibility better for cyclists and look to tackle major barriers on the network such as providing safer routes across the Kingsway and at other locations.”

Money awarded last year was used to install dropped kerbs throughout the city, introduce speed activated signs, footway works near Dalmahoy Drive and for various minor cycling and walking improvements.  It also supported cycling schemes on Trades Lane and to provide solar studs along Coupar Angus Road.

The proposed programme of works promotes cycling, walking and safer streets, and as a result aims to reduce car dependence and improve Dundee’s air quality.

This year a total of £40,000 has been allocated from the grant for lowered kerbs and footway improvements, £63,000 for pedestrian access and safety measures, £10,000 for outdoor access and £90,000 for cycling projects.

Councillors will meet to discuss the funding at the city development committee on Monday (June 26).

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