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UK Faculty For Public Health call on transportation

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

The Faculty of Public Health has called for a major shift away from cars in favour of walking, cycling and public transport.


524 million public transport journeys in Scotland were made in 2016/17

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

National Statistics released by Transport Scotland show that of public transport journeys 75% were made by bus, 18% by rail, 5% by air and 2% by ferry. In addition to public transport journeys the publication also shows that in Scotland: • Car traffic is estimated to have increased by 2% over the year to 35.4 billion vehicle kilometres and pedal cycle traffic is estimated to have increased by 3% to 352 million vehicle kilometres in 2016. • Nine million motor vehicles were licensed by the end of 2016 and 270,000 new vehicle registrations in 2016. Eighty two per cent of all vehicles licensed were cars. • There were 46.4 billion vehicle kilometres travelled on Scotland’s roads in 2016, a 2% increase on the previous year. • There were 393 million passenger journeys by bus in 2016, accounting for 75% of all public transport journeys. • There were 94.2 million passenger journeys on ScotRail services in 2016/17, an increase of 1% since 2015/16. Read more here:


MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty

Last Updated: 11/20/2017

MORE than one million Scots are at risk of transport poverty, which would leave them without access to essential services or work, a study has shown. A study by sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland found that up to 20 per cent of neighbourhoods studied were at risk of transport poverty occurring. And the areas at higher risk were far more likely to be in accessible small towns (28 per cent) or accessible rural locations (30 per cent) than in remote parts of the country. Entitled Transport Poverty In Scotland the report was released at the start of Challenge Poverty Week. The research used data on household income, access to cars and public transport, and allocated risk ratings accordingly. Read more below:

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Transport Scotland’s Pre-Application Support Fund

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

Transport Scotland’s Pre-Application Support Fund (PASF) is now open for applications.


Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The launch of a second round of funding under the Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is approaching! The new application round will be launched in October 2017 for projects to be completed by December 2019. A call for expression of interest is now open. An information sheet and EOI forms are now available for download. For more information, please see the LCTT Challenge Fund website below. A series of events will be hosted to provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the key features of the LCTT Challenge Fund and a chance to discuss specific questions. If you wish to take part, please follow the links to register.

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Charity Call for 'Active Transport'

Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Scotland's national walking and cycling charities have called for policy changes to get people more active and improve the country's health.


Transport Statistics, Great Britain 2016

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Department of Transport has released the latest statistics on travel habits in the UK revealing that 22% of all trips in the UK were made by walking in 2015. However, walking and cycling trips have declined since 1995/97. Main findings: •The average distance a person walked in 2015 was 185 miles – equivalent of the distance from London to Manchester. •44% of children aged 5-10 years and 37% of children aged 11-16 years walk to school. •15% of adults in England cycled at least once a month. The full survey can be accessed from the link below:


LCTT Challenge Fund Round 2 open for applications

Last Updated: 10/26/2017

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications. Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland. Public, community and third sector organisations can apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.25 million of uncommitted ERDF funds to invest in projects from the Highlands and Islands (H&I) area and £2.15 million of ERDF funds for projects from the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland. Transport Scotland is also making available a limited amount of funding - up to £1 million - to support a proportion of the funding requirements of projects. Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call: • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million. • Transport Scotland’s match funding support enables organisations to bid for up to 80% (in H&I) or 70% (in LUPS) of the total project costs. • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips. • Projects must be completed by December 2019. Please note the deadline for all applications is Friday 19 January 2018, 4pm. To find out more about the Challenge Fund please see below:


Public Health Priorities for Scotland

Last Updated: 6/21/2018

The Scottish Government and COSLA have published the Public Health Priorities for Scotland, headlining six priorities.



Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Supporting Policy and Action for Active Environments (SPAcE) is a project which aims to integrate active transport into public policy across the European Union.


NICE Public Health Committee Opportunity

Last Updated: 3/31/2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are looking for specialist and lay members to join the physical activity and the environment public health advisory committee.


Aberdeen Car Free Day A Success

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

The NHS Grampian Aberdeen City Public Health Team report on the success of the sixth annual ‘In Town Without My Car Day’ event in Aberdeen last month.

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Walkonomics - New Walkability App Launched

Last Updated: 5/28/2015

Visitors and house hunters can get a feel for what streets in Scotland’s largest city are really like before they arrive, thanks to a new app for Android and iPhone.


Introducing Ramblers Scotland's Out There Campaign

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Out There is a new campaign, Rambler Scotland is launching this autumn to help more people in Scotland enjoy the amazing landscapes and world-class access rights. Through events, press releases, social media and email bulletins over the next few years, Out There will offer fans of Scotland’s outdoors a wide array of ways to celebrate and protect all that makes our country so special. Whiile Out There is for everyone – from those who are taking their first steps into the countryside to hardy hillwalkers – there will be a particular focus on encouraging non-Ramblers members and decision-makers to appreciate what makes Scottish walking so special. You can stay up to date with the campaign here:


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge launched

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Sustrans Scotland is encouraging people to travel more actively to work by inviting them to join the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge. Funded by Transport Scotland. The free, month-long Challenge helps to inspire people to travel in ways that benefit their health, wellbeing and the environment. Workplaces from across Scotland will compete against each other to see who can clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys between 1–31 March, in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes. Participants will use an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and compete to climb a leader board. They will have access to feedback on how many calories they’ve burned and the amount of money they’ve saved on each journey by choosing healthy, green and cheap alternatives to driving. Individual challengers will also be judged on the number of journeys they complete while workplaces are judged on the overall rate of participation in the team. Read more:


How do we address the low numbers of women travelling actively in the UK?

Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Gender inequality remains a big issue when it comes to active travel in the UK, says Sustrans. The charity has published a new report, ‘Are We Not There Yet?, revealing that women’s journeys around cities are typically shorter than men’s, use different modes of transport and are more likely to involve ‘trip-chaining’ (multi-stop journeys) which tend to be for a balance of child care, work and household responsibilities. While women are motivated to travel actively for physical and mental health reasons, worries about their personal safety, convenience (particularly when taking multi-stop trips) and appearance are all barriers to preventing them from cycling and walking, says the report. It looked at the travel habits and choices of nearly 2,000 women in Glasgow and combined the findings with a literature review of research on women’s travel patterns across Scotland, the UK and Europe. The report also highlighted that few women are involved in creating transport policy and planning in the UK. Currently, transport has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts within the public sector in Scotland, with women representing only 6.25% heads of transport bodies. In addition, the transport sector accounts for only 22% of female workers UK-wide. Read the full report here:


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, 2018

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Following its success last year, the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is returning in March. Join the challenge as an individual or as part of your workplace and be part of a movement in Scotland to get as many people as possible commuting by foot, bike, public transport or lift-sharing. Taking part is a great way to get active, reduce carbon emissions and save money! Simply register online to log the journeys you make by foot, bike, public transport and car-share. Over £2000 worth of prizes are up for grabs, including cinema tickets, Kindles and high street vouchers. Register before 1st March to enter the Early Bird prize draw where you can win one of ten £20 Wiggle vouchers. Logging even one sustainable commuting or business travel journey during March will help boost you or your workplace team up the leader board. Set personal targets, earn rewards and transform your commute! Find out more and register at #JourneyChallenge


Cycling Scotland's Development Grant Fund Invites Applications

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

Cycling Scotland welcomes applications to its Cycle Friendly Development Grant Fund 2017/18 from community groups across Scotland. The Transport Scotland funded scheme is intended to encourage cycling in local communities, thereby increasing the number of local people making journeys by bike. Constituted community groups and organisations who are actively working towards Cycle Friendly status can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to facilitate projects which support improvement to cycling facilities and infrastructure. Examples of eligible expenditure include: • Procuring bicycles to improve community access to bikes, tackling inequality. • Installing or enhancing cycle parking to increase capacity and/or security. •Creating maintenance hubs (including procurement of tools, but not consumables). Although capital improvements will be at the core of successful proposals, Cycling Scotland will also consider funding complimentary activities, such as: • Monitoring and evaluation. • Cycle training. • Maintenance training. • Sessional work and support. • Promotional and engagement activities. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 (5pm). Further information is available below:


Changes to Tactile Paving Surface Guidance

Last Updated: 9/28/2015

The Department of Transport would like to hear your views on proposed changes to the 'Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces' document.


Smarter Choices, Smarter Places 2015/16

Last Updated: 5/19/2015

The 2015/16 Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding has now been allocated.

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