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New Funding Announced at Active Travel Summit

At the inaugural Active Travel Summit, Transport Minister Derek Mackay announced that “the Scottish Government is meeting its commitment to continue record levels of active travel funding through a cash injection of £3.3m for cycling and walking infrastructure.”

The Minister was speaking at the first Active Travel Summit, held on 14 October in Inverness and confirmed this new funding takes overall investment in active travel to £39.2 million for 2015/16, to match last year’s record investment in cycling and walking. 

The event was hosted by Highland Council and organised by Transport Scotland and was an opportunity to build on the excellent work achieved in the past year, and to recognise the efforts and contributions that local authorities (both elected members and officials), Regional Transport Partnerships, Health Boards and all other stakeholders have made to active travel.

Mr. Mackay said: “I am delighted to attend this first ever Active Travel Summit – establishing an annual event of this kind has been a high priority for me personally and it was the number one action from the 2013 Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.

“The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland are committed to encouraging healthier and greener modes of travel. That is why we are investing more than £1 billion to encourage people out of their cars and onto more sustainable and active modes. In addition, we have funded behaviour change programmes through the £5 million Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund.

“This additional £3.3m will allow us to match last year’s record investment in active travel, fulfilling the commitment I made at Pedal on Parliament in April this year and re-confirmed at the NCN debate in Parliament last month. More can be done however and we must keep up the current momentum in growing active travel.”

For further information visit the Cycling Scotland website.

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