An extra £3.9million to enhance cycling infrastructure over the next two years has been announced by the Scottish Government as part of an additional £21million investment in transport and will go towards encouraging more people in Scotland to move from four wheels to two.
Transport Minister Keith Brown confirmed the package as part of the “shovel-ready” economic stimulus spending announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney.
Mr Brown said:
“as we enter 2013 and more people think about taking up cycling with the fitness, financial and environmental benefits that brings, I am pleased to be able to announce this funding to help improve cycling infrastructure for tourists, commuters and schoolchildren in areas throughout Scotland.
“In the Highlands and Argyll & Bute, we are committing £3million to fast track the National Cycle Network route 78 between Oban and Inverness.
“The £2.6million Connon Ferry to Inverness section will be managed by Transport Scotland in partnership with Highland Council and will deliver much-needed safe cycle routes linking remote communities and taking cyclists off the trunk road network by 2015.
“The Great Glen cycle path will be an iconic route which will boost the local economy through the additional tourism in an area which already attracts over 20,000 spectators to the World Mountain Bike Championship each year in Fort William.
“We are also committing £400,000 for the Oban to Appin cycle route to link a remote community off the main Oban to Fort William section of the larger route.