Cycle Lanes and the Primary Position

You can find here a very interesting blog by Susan Morrison that champions the use of the primary cycling position on the road and introduces some interesting concepts on cycle lanes.   

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.

The Scottish Government’s consultation exercise ended on 28th January 2019.  We await further news.

Watch out if you are driving in Edinburgh as there was a (long over due) crack down in April 2019.  Check out here for the Scotsman’s report.

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

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,

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.