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S5W-02449: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what initiatives it has introduced osupport (a) cycling and (b) the cycling infrastructure in (i) Dumfries and Galloway and (ii) nationally in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 September 2016

The Scottish Government has introduced a range of initiatives to support (a) cycling and (b) cycling infrastructure in (i) Dumfries and Galloway and (ii) nationally since 2007 as detailed in the following tables.

Initiatives have been assigned to the year in which Scottish Government grant funding was first awarded. In some instances the initiative may have been first announced and applications sought in a previous year and a number of initiatives will have continued over a number of years. Because of this the following tables do not show all initiatives taking place in a given year.

In (i) Dumfries and Galloway the following initiatives and projects have been introduced in each year since 2007

(a) Cycling

Year

Initiatives Introduced with Scottish Government Support

2007

 

2008

 

2009

- Dumfries Smarter Choices Smarter Places 3 Year Pilot Project (including a range of cycling behaviour change projects)

- Bikeability Scotland (cycle training for primary school pupils)

- Dumfries and Galloway College Dumfries Campus (grant from Cycle Friendly Employer Scheme)

2010

- Dumfries and Galloway College Stranraer Campus (grant from Cycle Friendly Employer Scheme)

2011

 

2012

- Moffat CAN Cycle (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

- Support for an i-bike officer to develop the programme in Dumfries and Galloway schools

2013

 

2014

- Support and advice on the development of an Active Travel Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway

- Dalbeattie Community Partnership “Get Active Dalbeattie” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

- Dalbeattie Clinic (grant from Cycle Friendly Employer Scheme)

2015

- Cycling Dumfries “Bike Message Challenge” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

- Action for Children “Second Time Around” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

2016

- Barony College Intern Programme (grant from Cycle Friendly Campus Scheme)

- Gatehouse of Fleet YMCA “Wheels of Fleet” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

- Better Lives Partnership “Children’s Bike Club” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

- “The Biker Buddies” (grant from Cycle Friendly Communities Scheme)

 

(b) Cycling infrastructure

Year

Initiatives Introduced with Scottish Government Support

2007

- Funding for improvements to cycle infrastructure on Garroch Loaning, Dumfries

- Funding for improvements to the Newton Stewart to Moss of Cree cycle route

- Funding for improvements to the Stranraer to Cairnryan cycle route

2008

- Funding for improvements to cycle routes to Annan Academy and Kecklegirth Primary School

- Funding for improvements to the Newton Stewart to Moss of Cree cycle route

2009

 

2010

- Funding for improvements to NCN7 to resolve flooding issues in Fleet Forest, near Girthan

2011

- Funding for improvements to the St Mary’s Industrial Estate Link path in Dumfries

2012

- Funding for improvements to the New Abbey Road to MacMillan Bridge cycle route in Dumfries

- Funding for a feasibility study into the development of a cycle route from Dumfries to Mabie Forest

2013

- Funding for improvements to the Mill Road/Mill green cycle path in Dumfries

- Funding for the final design and construction of a cycle path from Dumfries to Mabie Forest

2014

- Funding for the Queen Street street design project in Dumfries

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on proposed upgrades to NCN7 on Forestry Commission Scotland land near Gatehouse of Fleet

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on a proposed cycle route on Moffat Road in Dumfries

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on a proposed cycle route from Glasgow Street to College Street in Dumfries

2015

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on proposed active travel links to Dumfries General Royal Infirmary Hospital in Dumfries

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on a proposed cycle link from Moffat Road to Dumfries High School and Marchfield in Dumfries

- Funding for design/feasibility study work on a proposed cycle connection between Hecklegirth Primary School, Queensway and Douglas Gardens in Annan

2016

 

 

(ii) Nationally the following initiatives and projects have been introduced in each year since 2007

(a) Cycling

Year

Initiatives Introduced with Scottish Government Support

2007

- Softer Measures Grant Scheme (supporting a range of cycling behaviour change projects)

2008

- Cycle Friendly Communities Grant Scheme (supporting a range of community based cycling behaviour change projects, originally called the “Community Cycling Innovation Fund for Scotland”)

- Cycle Friendly Employer Grant Scheme (supporting a range of workplace based cycling behaviour change projects)

- Cycle Friendly Schools Award and Grant Scheme (acknowledging and supporting school based cycling behaviour change work in primary schools)

- Give Everyone Cycle Space information campaign (originally called “Give Me Cycle Space”)

2009

- Smarter Choices Smarter Places Pilot Programme in 7 towns across Scotland (including a range of cycling behaviour change projects – full list of projects supported available at: http://www.transport.gov.scot/system/files/documents/tsc-basic-pages/SCSP_-_Goingsmarter_-_Final_version_-_Do_not_edit.pdf)

- i-bike Officer Programme (school based behaviour change programme)

- Dr Bike Programme (programme of advice and training on bike maintenance and safe cycling)

2010

- Make Your Move Pilot (whole community approach to supporting travel behaviour change – piloted in Kirkcaldy, Fife)

- Bikeability Scotland (cycle training for primary school age pupils)

2011

- Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award (acknowledging and supporting school based cycling behaviour change work in secondary schools)

2012

- Active Travel Champions (workplace based behaviour change programme)

- Essential Cycling Skills pilot programme (cycle training for adults)

2013

 

2014

- Practical Cycle Awareness Training for Light Goods Vehicle/Passenger Carrying Vehicles pilot (in Edinburgh)

2015

- Cycle Friendly Campuses Award and Grant Scheme (acknowledging and supporting cycling behaviour change work in Further and Higher Education settings)

- School Summer Cycle Camps (supporting pupils in secondary schools to gain skills and confidence to encourage their peers to cycle more often)

- Play on Pedals (roll out of programme of balance bike training for nursery age children first piloted in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire with People’s Postcode Lottery Funding)

- Extended £5 million Smarter Choices Smarter Places Programme across Scotland (including a range of cycling behaviour change projects – full list of projects supported available at: http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/component/option,com_docman/Itemid,537/gid,1843/task,doc_download/)

2016

- Workplace Engagement Programme (supporting a range of workplace based behaviour change activities, including Active Travel Champions, a Workplace Network, Active Travel Planning for Workplaces and a series of Active Travel Challenges)

- Big Bike Revival (supporting free, community based bicycle refurbishment and training on bike maintenance and safe cycling)

 

(b) Cycling infrastructure

Year

Initiatives Introduced with Scottish Government Support

2007

- Connect 2 Grants Scheme

2008

 

2009

- Short Links Grants Scheme

2010

- Street Design Pilot Projects (in Kirkcaldy and Elgin)

2011

- Community Links Grant Scheme

2012

 

2013

- Street Design Programme roll-out

2014

- Safe Routes to School Grant Scheme

2015

 

2016

- Community Links Plus Design Competition & Grant Scheme