Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling are effective, healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transport.

Benefits

NHS Scotland recommends that adults should aim to be active daily. There are recommended guidelines for your age at www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/keeping-active/guidelines

Active travel has many health benefits including:

  • Reduces risk of a range of diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps maintain and strengthen joints and bones
  • Improves your general mood and self-esteem
  • Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety

SPT is working with our partner councils to promote and encourage active travel across the SPT area. This includes investment in improved pedestrian links to public transport and in the regional and national cycle network.

Walking

Walking has many health benefits. As well as walking at the weekends and in your free time, why not walk more while you are at work?

Here are some suggestions if you want to walk a bit more during the working day:

  • If you commute by bus, walk to the next bus stop rather than to the nearest one
  • If you commute by train and live near the station instead of driving to the station walk once or twice a week
  • If you commute by car, park the car a little further away from the work place and walk
  • Go for a short walk at lunchtime
  • Walk to meetings

To find a walking route or plan a walking trip visit the Walk it website.

The SPT Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, supports employers who encourage their staff to walk. We can fund travel planning activities to promote walking to, from or at work (terms and conditions apply).

The SPT Capital Funding Program assists our council partners to develop and improve national and local path networks, helping to create safe and accessible walking routes throughout the SPT area.

SPT funding has been used to:

  • Improve walking routes to public transport
  • Provide signage and improve path surfaces
  • Develop and widen local paths
  • Create new paths to link local communities

Walking information

Cycling

SPT supports and promotes cycling in a number of ways.

Our Capital Funding Program assists our Council partners to develop and improve a number of national and local cycle routes throughout the SPT area including:

Our Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, supports employers who encourage their staff to cycle to work. We can fund staff bike parking facilities and travel planning activities to promote cycling to work (terms and conditions apply) Working with our partner organisations we encourage employers to be become a Cycle Friendly Employer and provide their staff with the bike to work scheme.

Cycling information

  • SPT Journeyshare – Matches you up with others going the same route, so you can share your bike journey
  • Cycle Routes UK – A great site for finding Cycle routes, mountain bike trails and single track that has been tried and tested
  • Map My Ride – Search for cycling routes in your area
  • Cycling Scotland – Cycling Scotland is the national cycle promotion organisation for Scotland
  • Sustrans – A leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport
  • The Bike Station – Scotland’s largest bicycle recycling organisation

Further information on cycling in the SPT area

Active Travel Grant Scheme

SPT, in partnership with Sustrans, have funding available for communities and educational institutions for local place making projects and to improve access for cycling and walking.

For more detailed information on these grants, see the information sheets below:

  • Communities Place Making Grant [PDF, 220kb]
  • Cycle Parking and Access Grant [PDF, 221kb]
  • Applications can be submitted throughout the year, but the deadline for works to be finished and claimed for is 31 March 2018.

    Application Form