Recreation & Active Travel
The Green Network can deliver health and well-being benefits through the provision of walking and cycling routes. These will also support a shift from road travel to more sustainable and lower cost forms of ‘active travel’, with all their associated health benefits.
Local authorities are being encouraged to increase walking and cycling as part of their local transport strategies and are undertaking core path planning, working the Local Access Forums and consultees, to establish a network of paths, giving communities reasonable access throughout their area. The National Cycle Network is also being developed by Sustrans and the lowland canal network represents a further strategic access resource.
A Strategic Statement on CSGN Active Travel identifying short-term priority tasks to 2015 and a longer term programme of work will be ready shortly. Paths for All has created a suite of 16 CSGN Active Travel Case Studies which promote best practice from within the CSGN area and from across Scotland.
Since 2010, the CSGN Development Fund has supported over 50 access and active travel projects improving and creating local and longer distance routes in rural and urban areas.
To help improve access and encourage active travel in the CSGN area, we aim by 2016 to ensure that:
- The John Muir Way, has been established and promoted, and work is ongoing to enhance facilities and encourage use.
- By 2015, progress has been made in encouraging establishment and uptake of Active Travel schemes by key employers, and these cases are well documented and promoted; plans are in place to progress further schemes.
- By 2015, existing routes within the network of longer distance routes are collectively promoted as part of a CSGN active recreation and travel network; progress is being made in addressing priority network gaps and improving existing routes.
This work is led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).