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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00714: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that local authorities make provision for adequate as well as dedicated cycle routes in, to and through each of Scotland’s cities.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 June 2016

The Scottish Government provides funding directly to local authorities through the cycling, walking and safer streets capital grant for projects that build and promote safe cycling and walking paths. last year we also announced a new competition called community links plus which invites local authorities to bid for significant funding for on-road segregated cycle paths. I will announce the winner of this competition in the autumn.

In addition, the Scottish Government is investing record levels of funding in active travel, around £39 million in 2015-16 and I have made a commitment to match that in this current financial year. Sustrans receive the majority of this for its community links projects which this year has attracted matched funding of £23.5 million from local authorities and other stakeholders.