What would help or encourage you to walk or cycle more? We are looking for your suggestions and ideas on what could be done to make Angus a cycle and walking friendly area.
We've been granted £509,000 by Transport Scotland from their Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes programme to support local projects and they want to hear where the people of Angus think that money should be spent on so they can develop plans to complete these projects over the coming year.
The coronavirus lockdown has prompted a big increase in people being more active – have you spotted an area where the council could make changes and improvements to help you feel more confident to make walking and cycling a part of your everyday life?
As a response to the pandemic, we've already successfully implemented a series of interventions designed to improve people’s safety and encourage active travel. Funding from the Scottish Government (administered through Sustrans) allowed schemes such as 20mph areas within town centres and villages, physical distancing stickers and signs in our town centres and surrounding our schools, and the installation of cycle shelters throughout Angus. It is intended that all of these will have a lasting impact and encourage us to think more about how we travel for shorter journeys across Angus.
Transport Scotland’s long-term vision for active travel in Scotland 2030 is to make walking or cycling the most popular choice for shorter everyday journeys – by making it safer, easier and available to everyone. Helping to achieve many outcomes, including better health, having attractive, safe communities and increased economic activity. The grant can only be used to undertake a programme of works for local cycling, walking and safer routes projects as set out in Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Framework and can’t be used for general roads maintenance or repairs to street lighting or pedestrian crossings etc.
Projects that benefited from Cycling Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) funding last year include:
- Westway, Arbroath – Signalled pedestrian crossing point
- Pitskelly Road/Stinky Brae – Footway/cycleway provision
- Marine Drive, Monifieth – Footway/cycleway provision
- A937 Montrose to Hillside – Signage Improvements to footway/cycleway
- Rosemill, Montrose – Footway/cycleway improvements
- Monifieth High School – footway/cycleway improvements
- Forfar Lochside Country Park – Footpath upgrade
- Drumachlie Loan, Brechin – Footway upgrades
- The Commonty, Kirriemuir – Footpath upgrade
If you or your community group or organisation has any ideas, suggestions or plans, please send them to ROADS@angus.gov.uk by Friday 7 May 2021. This will allow the council consider potential projects and plan for implementation in due course.
All proposals will be reviewed and assessed. Although all suggestions will be greatly received, no formal individual replies will be issued. The suggestions received will be assessed through a scoring matrix while following national walking and cycling infrastructure design guidance. Once scored, viable options will be submitted to the June Communities Committee for consideration. We would carry out any work agreed.