Scottish Government launches further £350k active travel funding for social housing providers
An additional £350,000 of Scottish Government funding is now available for registered social landlords to make it easier and more accessible for people to walk and cycle as part of everyday journeys.
The Social Housing Partnership Fund for Improved Cycling & Walking Facilities, which is delivered by Cycling Scotland, supports housing associations and tenement residential properties across Scotland to encourage active travel within communities and prioritises areas of high deprivation.
Housing associations can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for a range of infrastructure proposals including cycle parking shelters, street furniture such as seating, litter bins, bollards and planters as well as improvements to access points and lighting.
Cycling Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland to deliver the initiative.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, said: “I’m pleased the Scottish Government can continue to fund this progressive programme – working with social housing providers to make it easier for people to walk and cycle as part of their day to day journeys.
“It’s encouraging that 33 social housing providers have already received support through the fund. Over £820,000 has been awarded to date, across 155 sites and benefitting over 62,000 residents with improved amenities in their communities.
“This additional allocation from our active travel budget will enable even more providers to take part, supporting our ambition to develop an active nation where more people across Scotland can enjoy the benefits of walking, cycling and wheeling than ever before.”
Kath Brough, head of behaviour change at Cycling Scotland, added: “More funding will make it possible for even more people living and working in social housing across the country to walk and cycle. Secure cycle parking, seating and street furniture will make it easier, more accessible and more enjoyable for residents and staff to get active, enjoy the outside space and connect with others.
“We’re already working with over 150 sites, and look forward to supporting more housing providers across Scotland support their staff and residents to live healthier and more active lives.”