Community Link Plus Programme
Perth and Kinross Council is currently bidding for substantial funding from Sustrans under their Community Link Plus programme which encourages a broad approach to the design, building and use of walking and cycling infrastructure.
The Council has progressed to Stage 2 in the bidding process, along with seven other Local Authorities including Dundee and Angus, and is consulting currently for their detailed bid on YourPlaceYourFuture website. This bid has to be made by April 2019 and Sustrans will announce the winners in Autumn 2019 with projects due to start in June 2020 with, potentially, a 4 year timescale.
Essentially, Perth and Kinross Council’s plan is the creation of eight new, safe and direct walking and cycling routes into the city centre which will encourage more active travel and help improve the look and feel of local areas. The routes would link to public transport and National Cycle Network routes in the area.
Please check out YourPlaceYourFuture, read through the comments for the routes that most interest you and, perhaps, make some comments of your own.
Do bear in mind that these projects are dependant, not only on a successful bid, but also matched (50%) funding which has not always been forthcoming in the past. In the meanwhile, if you have any suggestions for more short term projects such as cycle stands, advertising and signage, to improve your cycling experience please pass to either Katharine or Mike who will feed directly into Perth and Kinross Council at one of our regular meetings with them.
Cycle Lanes and the Primary Position
Consultation on 20 mph Speed Limits
The BBC reports that:
A bill proposing to lower the speed limit in built-up areas of Scotland to 20mph has been published at Holyrood. The legislation drawn up by Green MSP Mark Ruskell has won the backing of SNP, Labour and Lib Dem members.
It proposes making 20mph the standard speed limit for urban areas, although councils could still designate 30mph areas in consultation with communities. The bill will now go before committees for scrutiny. If passed by parliament, it could become law by the end of 2019.
Mr Ruskell’s members bill – the Restricted Roads (20mph speed limit) (Scotland) Bill – has won the backing of green groups, health organisation and round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont.
It was also backed by 25 of Mr Ruskell’s fellow MSPs, including 12 from the SNP, seven from Labour, five Greens and one Lib Dem.
See the full article here.
Dualling the A9
A representative from ByCycle is invited to attend a Non-Motorised Users (NMU) consultative meeting annually. Other ByCycle members attend this meeting as representatives of the Perth and Kinross local group of Sustrans (co-ordinating charity for the National Cycle Network) and representing Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council sub-group, particularly with regard to walking and cycling access.
Local members attend public exhibitions (and make written comments) for the Luncarty to Pass off Birnam, Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing and Tay Crossing to Ballinluig sections. Suggestions have been taken on board to make the junction safer for cyclists at Bankfoot. Local cyclists are particularly concerned about the proposed reroute for cycleway NCN83 alongside the A9 south of Ballinluig. At Birnam, NCN77 is likely to be routed through the village, with extra signage to the station.
Read ByCycle’s written response (July 2013) here.
A85/A9 link to Bertha Park
A Non-Motorised User [NMU] group has been consulted on the project.
Take a look at the map showing the layout for roads, paths, bridges and the lade diversion. [link presently described as “opportunities for non-motorised users”].
It will be noted that a cycleway is planned along the length of the new routes.
A footpath is to be provided across the Perth bypass to Inveralmond Industrial Estate.
The footpath continues alongside the diverted lade.
Updates on path diversions and other issues while the work is in progress can be found at www.perthtransportfutures.co.uk
Full details of Perth Transport Futures Project Phase 1 can be read here
Sustrans is the national charity which coordinates the National Cycle Network. Routes are a mixture of dedicated cycleway and country roads.
Relevant to Perth and Kinross: NCN7 which comes south from Inverness to Carlisle via Drumochter Pass, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Kenmore and Loch Tay.
NCN77 goes from Pitlochry to Dundee via Dunkeld and Perth. NCN83 links Dunkeld to Ballinluig via Logierait, giving the option of a circular route.
NCN775 goes from Perth to Kinross. It is hoped that eventually this route will be signed westwards via Crieff, Comrie and Lochearnhead to join NCN7 and the westerly network.
Many ByCycle members are also Sustrans Rangers with the Perth and Kinross local group.. They have regular work parties, particularly on the off-road sections, involving path maintenance, litter picking and vegetation control. They have contacted Perth and Kinross Council with such issues as fly tipping (some involving asbestos) and post-flooding silt on the path.
Sustrans is also involved with schools via the iBike scheme.
They administer a considerable pot of money on behalf of government, providing matched funding for small community projects – often to make cycling to school, work or station safer and easier – . known as Community Links.
Members of the local group also are involved with a biodiversity project known as Greener Greenways. Wildlife champions record flowers, bees, butterflies and other wildlife along stretches of cycleway. They also have work parties to remove invasive species such as himalayan balsam.
There are also social rides and public engagement activities.
Local Volunteer Coordinator: Katharine Melville, firstname.lastname@example.org
Routes and signage
ByCycle is liaising with contacts at Perth and Kinross Council and other cycling and community groups.
They are interested in the Strathearn route. The most recent development is the completion of a safe route from St Fillans to the Dalchonzie road, providing a missing link avoiding the busy A85.
The Errol group reports on links to Perth using the footpath beside the busy A90 (and avoiding the hilly NCN77 which goes via Knoll hill).
There are close links with Coupar Angus Hub [link] who are working on cycle friendly links from Blairgowrie to Alyth and Blairgowrie to Coupar Angus.
With Perth and Kinross Council particularly as regards the city itself, there have been discussions on improving cycling links within the city, improving signage on the Perth Circular, improving signage to provide an alternative route at times of flooding and improvement to the path surface where roots have broken through on the North Inch.
Regular proposals for changes to parking and speed limits are sent to ByCycle for comment.
Tay Street Campaign: ByCycle was instrumental in the recent decision by the Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee to make the riverside pavement along the length of Tay Street dual use for cyclists and pedestrians. This was to make up for the removal of the painted roadside cycleway to make place to street parking. The redetermination order has still to be put in place with new signage.