Glasgow City Council will receive an additional £4.8 million in grant funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP) and Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes (CWSR).
The funding will be used to improve the city’s sustainable transport network after being approved by the council’s City Administration Committee.
Part of the additional funds will be used towards helping expand Glasgow’s cycling infrastructure and increase the number of cycle routes as part of the Councils Strategic Plan for Cycling and supports the Glasgow Climate Plans ambition in providing a more comprehensive active travel network.
As part of plans to further improve the safety of cyclists and other road users, Glasgow City Council has also recently introduced high visibility electronic road signs. These signs activate automatically as a cyclist approaches a junction and have been installed at 16 locations so far, with further sites being considered throughout the city.
Public transport funding will also be used to enhance the city’s bus infrastructure, helping to ease congestion and reduce emissions across Glasgow.
Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “As we look at ways to encourage Glaswegians to shift towards more sustainable methods of transport, we need to ensure that the city has the right infrastructure in place which will allow people to get around safely and easily.”
“When it comes to cycling, safety has been one of the key concerns raised by many of Glasgow’s residents. We hope these improvements will encourage people to get out and enjoy the benefits which active travel can bring, across almost every aspect of our lives, from improved air quality, lower congestion alongside helping to improve citizens physical and mental wellbeing.”
“It’s also worth mentioning that Glasgow City Council were the first local authority in the UK to install electronic Cycle Activated signage at junctions, improving the visibility of cyclists as they travel around the city. The additional funding will help support our ambitions to becoming net-zero carbon by 2030 as we look to ensure our place as one of the most sustainable cities’ in Europe.”