Your Place, Your Future
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.
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.
Sustrans and Bike Life promote Perth as a Cycling City
Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, Bike Life is an assessment of city cycling development including infrastructure, travel behaviour, satisfaction, the impact of cycling, and new initiatives. It is funded by Transport Scotland and co-ordinated by Sustrans.
Bike Life is expanding in Scotland and the first Bike Life report on Perth, which was published in November 2018, can be found here. It presents many very interesting statistics on the way that people in Perth use their bikes, the benefits of cycling and what is needed to encourage more people to cycle. The actual report can be downloaded here.
Upgrade of path between Dunkeld House Hotel and Jubilee Bridge
National Cycle Route 77 will be closed for 8 weeks from March 4 to May 3 between Dunkeld House Hotel and Jubilee Bridge. This is for a major surface upgrade. There will be diversionary signage via Ballinluig using Route 83 (the cycle path alongside the A9 passing through Kindallachan). Posters showing diversions, including for cyclists travelling south at Logierait bridge, will go up a couple of weeks beforehand.The project will be administered by Perth and Kinross Countryside trust and will be funded by Sustrans as part of their extensive plans for improvement of standards on the NCN.
Path surface improvements for NCN77 are also in the pipeline for financial year 2019/2020 alongside the North Inch golf course in Perth – where protruding roots are causing significant problems – and from Double Dykes to Huntingtower.
Cycling without Age
Katharine and Mike ride with Councillors
Councillors Angus Forbes and Lewis Simpson met with local cyclists including Katharine, Mike and Sam Bird on Friday 31st August to cycle around Perth and discuss what improvements could be made to the road network to benefit cyclists.
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Perth Transport Futures Project
Update on Perth Green Routes
Tay Street now shared use
The Redetermination Order to make the Tay Street pavement dual use and signage in place. A toucan crossing to replace the existing pelican crossing is scheduled.
There are also plans to improve the section from under the railway bridge all the way to the railway station.
The likelihood at the moment is a widened redetermined shared use pavement.
See map for what has been approved.
Map of Highland Perthshire
Updated 2016. Scale 1:100,000 12 graded cycle routes including Etape Caledonia. Waterproof and double sided. Includes the earlier East Perthshire map and the Strathearn map north of Crieff and Comrie. Also includes some mountain bike areas.
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