Introduction of temporary active travel measures during Covid-19

Midlothian Council is bidding for an initial £208,000 of Scottish Government money to make it safer for people to walk, cycle or ‘wheel’ locally. It is also inviting local people to get in touch with more suggestions to apply for a second tranche of funding. 

53 kilometres of cycle lanes

If successful, the money from the initial bid would be used for temporary measures including installing or widening more than 53 kilometres of cycle lanes for cyclists commuting to and from Edinburgh, cycling safety banners on approaches to town centres, reduced speed limits signs and the temporary widening of paths.

Extra space for shoppers

Other initiatives included in the first bid are barriers to give shoppers extra space in four busy town centres, rural Covid-19 cycle route signs, physical distancing signs at the busiest leisure paths in Midlothian and cutting back vegetation on paths.

Active travel should be the norm

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for green travel, Councillor John Hackett said: “As a council, we’re committed to a future where safe and convenient walking and cycling routes are available for all Midlothian residents and visitors, with active travel being the norm for everyday journeys.

Read this, and more, at Midlothian Council’s website.