Cycling and walking projects’ £1.3 million funding boost backed

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An investment of £1.3 million in cycling and walking projects has been welcomed.

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans will match funding for projects in the region committed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans to the value of £669,000 through its community links programme.

There are 11 projects in Aberdeen which will benefit from the decision, including the design for the continuation of the riverside cycle path from Bridge of Dee to Robert Gordon University.

A number of projects have also been outlined within the five integrated travel town masterplans across Aberdeenshire, as well as further work on the Deeside Way around Aboyne.

Derick Murray, director of Nestrans, said: “Cycling and walking are efficient and healthy options for travel but both depend on the provision of good, safe routes and facilities.

“This welcome funding will allow local authorities to deliver various projects to encourage people to walk and cycle safely in and around their communities using the new infrastructure.”

The community links programme provides grant funding for the creation of infrastructure across Scotland that enables more people to cycle and walk for everyday journeys. Sustrans provides up to 50% of the funding required for a project.