Perthshire council plans for cycling infrastructure

The authority is currently working on a business case to help it attract additional funding for investment in cycle infrastructure.

It is also aiming to form a user group made up of local cycle officials. ByCycle has been part of the discussions with councillors.

Katharine Melville from the campaign group said members were pleased with the moves the authority was making.

She said: “ByCycle, the Perth and Kinross Cycle Campaign are involved in steps taken by councillor Angus Forbes, to understand at first hand from the saddle what it’s like to cycle in Perth.

“The hope is that this infrastructure will increase the number of people walking and cycling.

“The target is not just for those already cycling but for those who don’t particularly regard themselves as cyclists.

“It is hoped that those people will discover that it is pleasanter to cycle to work or school or college or to the shops than to sit in traffic jams and struggle to find parking.”

She said there were simple steps that the council could take straight away to promote safer cycling.

“ByCycle thinks that in the short term a simple programme of repainting the white lines and traffic light boxes would enhance cyclist safety,” she added.

Last week Katharine and fellow cyclist Sam Bird took councillors on a ride around the city to point out dangerous spots on the road.

They were joined by Conservative councillor Angus Forbes and Liberal Democrat Lewis Simpson.

Mr Simpson said it had been an enlightening experience and hopes were high for the future of safer cycling routes.

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