Second successful Spaces for People bid

Second successful Spaces for People bid Image

A SECOND bid for funds to support projects in Dundee to make it safer for walking or cycling for commuting, essential trips and exercise has been successful.

The £2m application to Sustrans to back measures around physical distancing in District Centres, pop-up cycle lanes on commuter routes and upgrading the Green Circular and other cycling and walking infrastructure was agreed earlier this week.

The charity distributing funds on behalf of the Scottish Government sanctioned the second request after most of the money allocated in the city’s first successful submission was spent.

Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City council’s city development committee said: “We have brought forward another set of exciting and interesting projects that are based on encouraging safe active travel for pedestrians, wheelers and cyclists during the Covid period across the city.

“This successful application widens and deepens the areas covered and ramps up the incentive for people to use cleaner, greener and healthier ways of getting to and from their destination, not just in the current circumstances but also as we move into the future.”

New pop-up cycle lanes will use £700,000 of the money. These will include key commuter routes serving employment areas including Ninewells Hospital.  The work will be informed by the Active Travel Audits commissioned by Tactran in 2018 and 2019.

District Centre physical distancing measures totalling £500,000 will be implemented after community audits and could include widening of pavements, creation of parklets, decluttering of footways and removal of some parking.  A community support fund to encourage business associations and other community groups to develop bids will also be established.

Reinstatement and relaunch of Dundee Green Circular will take £400,000 to re-establish Scotland’s first sustainable “ring-road” by widening paths, resurfacing where necessary, removing vegetation and refreshing lines and signage.

The final £400,000 project will help to boost usage of the established cycling network connecting schools and communities. Among the initiatives will be mapping and signing of cycle paths, lanes and walking routes that lead to schools, resurfacing and filling of missing gaps, renewal of signage and lining, and preparation of new web-based maps.

Funded by Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as we transition out of lockdown.

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