Cycling strategy

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A PROPOSED new cycling strategy for Dundee will create a financial commitment and a new permanent post to guide its delivery.

Councillors will be told next week that the strategy will make sure that cycling and walking have at least a 5% share of the total spending on roads and transportation each year.

Bill Campbell depute convener of the council’s city development committee said: “This document comes as the culmination of a considerable amount of consultation, discussion and engagement with cyclists across the city.

“The strategy recognises the importance that the council places on cycling as a regular form of travel and exercise for many people and looks to ensure that is developed in future years.”

A draft cycling strategy was issued for a six week public consultation in October last year.

Feedback was received from individuals and organisations which was largely positive.

The proposed commitment on funding was highlighted by a number of respondents as an encouraging step forward.

Based on the feedback, a number of minor changes were made to the draft which are now included in the revised strategy.

The new permanent post of Cycling Development Officer will be created to help achieve the targets in the strategy.  It will initially be part funded from external sources, including Cycling Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund.

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