Green MSP welcomes funding for 136 cycle routes

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Co-Convenor of Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Cycling, has welcomed the allocation by Sustrans Scotland of funding for new and upgraded cycle routes across Scotland.

In Parliament last week, the MSP questioned Keith Brown, the Transport Minister, on whether he will increase the funding in future years.

Almost every local authority and several other agencies have had projects approved and will receive match-funding from Sustrans (which comes from the Scottish Government).

In Edinburgh there is funding to improve connections between the Meadows and the Union canal to the west and the Innocent railway path to east, as well as previously announced funding for Leith Walk and the A90 path.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian said:

“This is positive news for communities across Scotland, and I want to see even greater investment in safer routes for cycling in future years. The record number of bids for this funding reflects the rapidly growing demand for better cycling infrastructure, both on and off road. I urge the Scottish Government to respond to the growing demand for safer cycling and increase funding each and every year to transform our streets.”