WORK at four locations in Dundee to make it safer for walking or cycling for commuting, essential trips and exercise is set to get underway in the spring.
The schemes, part of the second phase of the Spaces for People programme will improve footpath and cycleway connections creating safer routes to schools and communities in Downfield, Kirkton, Fintry and Broughty Ferry.
Steven Rome, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “With the backing of Sustrans and local communities we are continuing to encourage safe active travel for pedestrians, wheelers and cyclists during the Covid period at sites across the city.
“Improving the infrastructure ramps up the incentive for people to get out and use cleaner, greener and healthier ways of making essential journeys, not just in the current circumstances but also in the future.”
The works include footpath and road crossing improvements at St Andrew’s Primary and footway improvements at St Paul’s High School, Longhaugh Road and West Grange Road.
It is hoped that the projects, which are part of a raft of measures backed by a £2m grant from Sustrans will start in April.
Funded by Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as we transition out of lockdown.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.