Tayside and Central Scotland

Funding pledge for Dundee cycling

At least 5% of future council spending on roads and transportation in Dundee should go towards cycling and walking, the local authority has proposed.

A permanent cycling development officer post would also be created if the planned cycling strategy for the city is adopted.

A draft cycling strategy was issued for a public consultation last year.

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

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."

The new post would initially be part-funded from external sources, including Cycling Scotland and the Scottish government's Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund.

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