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S5W-12949: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of research suggesting that, between 2011-12 and 2015-16, 800,000 bus journeys were lost to bikes, whether it will give greater consideration of the needs of the cycling infrastructure in towns and cities.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2017

In September, our Programme for Government stated that we would double investment in Active Travel from £40 million to £80 million from
2018-19 to make our towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

Earlier this year, I announced over £22 million of Scottish Government investment in five Community Links PLUS projects delivered by Sustrans in partnership with local authorities. This will facilitate segregated paths and improvements to the public realm for two projects in Edinburgh and one each in Inverness, Glasgow and Stirling. Our £22 million will also be matched by the local authorities.

Our aim is to take active travel to another level in our towns and cities, and further announcements will be made on the additional funding once the Budget Bill has been approved by The Scottish Parliament.