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Skye Cycle Network Special
September 13, 2020
This week's SkyeConnect video update is a special on the new Skye Cycle Network, a local community project aiming to provide better cycling, walking and wheeling access for communities across Skye and Raasay.
The Skye Cycle Network Consultation Has Started
Funded by Sustrans – the UK walking and cycling charity – The new Skye Cycle Network Project is looking to tap into your local knowledge. The project is asking the local community & businesses to help us identify potential dedicated walking, cycling, wheeling and all ability access routes across Skye. Your ideas will help us create proposals for a network of safe, healthy & environmentally friendly travel alternatives.
The project builds on the fantastic efforts of two active travel projects already underway in Skye – the Skye Cycle Way overseen by the Broadford & Strath Community Company & the Edinbane Paths project overseen by the Edinbane Community Company. We aim to create a network of regenerated and newly built pathways that link neighbourhoods, communities, local hubs & places of interest near you.
Businesses are encouraged to submit their ideas on potential new or redeveloped car-free access routes between their premises and the local community as well as other local places of interest
This project presents an amazing opportunity for Skye, but we need as many responses and suggestions as possible to showcase community demand for better car free access and ensure the project is taken forward.
The project is already well underway;
- You can now join the Skye Cycle Network Facebook group where we are encouraging people to participate and share their suggestions and ideas (https://www.facebook.com/groups/skyecyclenetwork)
- Mike Hyatt Landscape Architects have started to commence route surveys on the potential route sections that were included as part of the funding bid to Sustrans. Mike and his team have also started surveying routes already identified by locals. Photo’s of surveyed areas are regularly posted to the Facebook group.
- The project team has been actively contacting Community Trusts within Skye. We are asking trusts to think about how active travel infrastructure within their local area could help improve the place and environment in which their community live.
- The Project has also been engaging with local schools to see if they have a current active travel plan, and also to consider what infrastructure improvements are needed to encourage further uptake on walking and cycling to school instead of car drop offs. We have so far received great responses and ideas from schools on Skye.