Cycling funding boost backed


29th June 2020

A pair of cycling city councillors have led the pack welcoming more funds to support two-wheeled transport.

Mark Flynn, depute convener of the city development committee and Kevin Cordell the council’s cycling spokesperson, have also called on local businesses, community groups and social housing providers to apply for money from the £1.7m Cycling Scotland Cycling Friendly initiative.

The funds, from the Scottish Government, aim to make it easier and more accessible to cycle where people live, work, study and spend time.

Cllr Flynn said: “As a keen cyclist I am keen that the benefits I have experienced in my health and well-being can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, with the added value of improving air quality for all of us in the city.

“I am determined that we do as much as we can to support people to make an active choice when it comes to their mode of transport and this funding will help to do that.”

Cllr Cordell added: “Dundee is already a great place to cycle and this money will support organisations who want to provide physical amenities like places to park or store bikes, upgrade shower facilities or to buy bikes and maintenance equipment.

“Campuses can also register their interest to receive funding that will make it easier for students at college or university to cycle.”

Workplaces can apply for between £5000 and £25,000 which can be used to improve facilities, such as showers or installing secure cycle racks while community groups can apply for between £2500 and £20,000 to buy bikes for the local community, maintenance materials and to deliver cycling activities.

Further information on the Cycling Friendly Scotland initiative can be found on the Cycling Scotland website at: 

Dundee City Council

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%.

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