The Scottish Government has launched a 12-week consultation on the new draft Cycling Framework for Scotland.
The published document sets out the draft strategic priorities for everyday cycling up to 2030 – supporting the Active Travel vision of communities shaped around people, and of walking, wheeling and cycling as the most popular choice for shorter everyday journeys.
The new approach builds on the previous Cycling Action Plan for Scotland. The draft framework highlights six key areas where progress needs to be made, and explains the actions which need to be taken to achieve them.
This draft strategic approach builds on the new announcements outlined in the Programme for Government.
This includes the provision of multi-year funding, providing options to Local Authorities seeking to undertake more ambitious infrastructure projects, and the improved Cycling Storage Fund.
The latter aims to accelerate the roll-out of safe and secure storage options for communities across Scotland.
All of this supports the Scottish Government commitment of reducing car kilometres travelled by 20% by 2030.
The SNP Government has already raised funding for active travel to record levels, and committed to investing £320 million – equating to 10% of the total transport budget – by 2024/25.
Patrick Harvie, Minister for Active Travel, has said it is critical this this money is spent in a way which all local authorities and partners can get behind.
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey said that the framework is a chance for the public to voice their opinions, and that the overall strategy is important to personal and environmental health.
He said: “I welcome the publication of this new Draft Framework. Facilitating active travel is key to the health of both our society and our environment.
“The Scottish Government commitment on this front is backed by record funding, and I look forward to seeing the impact here in Angus. I would encourage constituents across our communities to make their views known.”