Measures to improve cycling provision on key commuter links in the West End of Dundee have been revealed by Dundee City Council.
As part of the Scottish Government's Spaces for People programme the council has designed almost three kilometres of pop up cycle lanes in Perth Road and Ninewells Avenue.
Mark Flynn convener of the council’s city development committee said: “Where the carriageway width and other factors like schools and bus stops have allowed it we are proposing 1.5m wide fully segregated cycling lanes.
“On the stretches where that’s not possible, one metre wide advisory lanes are planned. These will be marked by a broken while line which provides a visual warning for vehicles that cyclists are likely to be present.
“These cycle lanes are a pragmatic and sensible compromise for all road users while still encouraging safe active travel during the Covid period.
“Physical improvements like these motivate more 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 proposed new lanes will be on Ninewells Avenue northbound, where they will be segregated by bollards and cycle lane separators, southbound on Ninewells Avenue footpath which will be widened from 2m to 4m by removing the grass verge and vegetation and in Perth Road west of Harris Academy as dedicated cycle lanes where width of the road allows.
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%.