Cycling, walking and safer streets

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A FUND that has already helped to create safer cycling and walking links across Dundee is set to protect pedestrians and keep bike users healthy for the next 12 months.

The cash, a Β£243,000 boost from the Scottish Government as part of the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) initiative will be invested across Dundee between now and March next year.

Mark Flynn deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: β€œLast year we used a similar grant to install dropped kerbs at dozens of locations across the city and to put in additional speed activated signs. Links to the new cycleway north of the Kingsway via Toucan Crossings at Mains Loan and Graham Street also came from CWSS money, as did cash for footpath works near the new Regional Performance Centre for Sport.

β€œThis year’s allocation will continue to benefit walkers and cyclists by investing in the four broad areas of lowered kerbs and footway improvements, pedestrian access and safety measures, outdoor access and cycling.

β€œThese are critical to our continued push to encourage people to get about in a healthy, sustainable way.”

Cllr Kevin Cordell the council’s cycling spokesperson added: β€œWe have an ambitious cycling strategy, the delivery of which is supported by CWSS.

β€œTo create a planned network of high quality continuous cycle paths and lanes in and around the city with safe links across or around the current physical barriers needs lots of small schemes to make the physical connections. The latest round of funding will help us to deliver again this year.”

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 Β£50,000 has been allocated from the grant for lowered kerbs and footway improvements, Β£93,000 for pedestrian access and safety measures, Β£10,000 for outdoor access and Β£90,000 for cycling projects.

Councillors will meet to discuss the funding at the city development committee on Monday (May 13).

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