Create a walking and cycling network: Arbroath Active Travel Network
Angus Cycle Hub, a social enterprise which supports and develops cycling in Angus as well as running a bike shop in Arbroath, wanted to find out what people needed to encourage more cycling. Local research revealed that people felt there were no real safe places for cycling directly into the centre of Arbroath.
So, the Cycle Hub team went out and cycled and walked the local area to get a better understanding of the barriers that people faced. That led to a successful application to Paths for All's Communities Active Travel Fund, which is supported by Transport Scotland.
The result was the Arbroath Active Travel Network - a signposted circular route around the town using footpaths, cycle paths and quiet roads. It means that Arbroath's residents and visitors can now easily make local walking and cycling journeys.
Delivering this project successfully has also been a stepping stone to achieving more: the next ambition, which emerged through community engagement in a town centre “charrette” in 2016, is to redesign the dual carriageway that runs through the heart of the town, cutting the town centre in two. Sustrans’ Places for Excellence funding and support programme is helping to take the project forward.
For more information, contact Angus Cycle Hub by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.