Date lodged: 11 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage active travel in the Angus North and Mearns constituency.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 August 2016
The Scottish Government provides direct funding to local authorities for active travel through the Cycling, Walking, Safer Streets (CWSS) ring fenced budget within the local authority settlement. The CWSS has allocated £475,000 to Angus and over £1million to Aberdeenshire over the last three financial years.In addition, the Scottish Government provides grant funding to organisations to encourage sustainable and active travel. These include Sustrans Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Paths for All. Since 2014-15, the following projects have been taken forward in this area.Cycling Scotland has distributed £30,000 for projects including a Cycle Friendly Development Grant in 2016 to the Angus Bike Hub and for a Cycle Friendly campus for Dundee and Angus college, as well as supporting Bikeability on-road training at primary schools in the area.Angus and Aberdeenshire have been allocated £214,000 and £526,000 respectively in 2015-16 and 2016-17 through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme, which is administered by Paths for All. Projects funded in Angus and Aberdeenshire have included support for the development of school travel plans, workplace travel plans, walking and cycling signage, information and publicity, path promotion, bike recycling, WOW (walk once a week with schools) and a cycle hire scheme.