We're committed to our Active Travel vision of enabling walking and cycling to be the most popular mode of travel for short, everyday journeys. We want to make Scotland's towns and cities friendlier, safer and more accessible.
Active Travel is fundamental to the development of a sustainable travel network and a key priority for the Programme for Government.
We work very closely with our partners and Local Authorities to deliver the Active Travel vision, underpinned by the Active Travel Framework. We fund projects throughout Scotland designed to improve our public spaces, such as creating segregated walking and cycling lanes and safer junctions and crossings.
We also support educational and behaviour change projects, making walking and cycling the easy choice for everyday short journeys.
You can read more about walking and cycling investment in our funding stories:
2021 Active Travel News
- Cycling by Design
- 10% of total transport budget for Active Travel by 2024-25
- Connecting Woodside cycle route
- Free bike pilots announced
- Over £1.2 million for cycling projects
- Further £1.7 million to make cycling easier
- Over £633,000 awarded to e-bike projects
2020 Active Travel News
- Over £22 million allocated for three landmark active travel projects
- Over £5 million in grants help get Scotland moving
- £9.46 million for low carbon and active travel
- Over £38 million allocated for pop-up active travel infrastructure
- Cycle Repair Scheme launched to keep Scotland pedalling
- Success for £30 million pop-up infrastructure initiative
- E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s green recovery
- £1.7 million in Cycling Friendly funding available in 2020
- Free bike share in Scottish cities as lockdown eases
- Third round of sustainable travel fund now open
- Guidance and next steps for passengers and transport sector - with an additional £20 million for Spaces for People
- £10 million to support pop-up active travel infrastructure
- Work begins on new £8m Active Travel project in Glasgow
2019 Active Travel News
- Milestone for sustainable travel fund as it awards over 100 projects
- E-bike revolution continues across Scotland
- Further £1.8 million for walking and cycling facilities across Scotland
- £60 million Active Travel projects announced
- £51 million for active travel infrastructure in 2019
- New round of sustainable travel funding now open
- Wheels in motion for further e-bike support
- New fund to support active travel through social housing providers
- Further grants to continue e-bike revolution
- 45 projects share £1m in grants to support sustainable travel
2018 Active Travel news
- Record Active Travel funding maintained
- £330k to support community cycling initiatives
- First awards from £2m sustainable travel fund
- Grants to start e-bike revolution
- New funding for active travel and low carbon hubs
- Cycle routes in the frame for nearly £7m
- Further investment in cycle training for early years
- £1.3m for electric bike revolution in Scotland
- Cycling Scotland awards over £600,000 to employers
- £36m to be made available through Community Links fund
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Working with partners
During his keynote speech, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson talked about areas including the National Transport Strategy and our Active Travel priorities.
Watch the video to learn more about the event.
Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland
Former professional mountain bike rider and co-founder of the Adventure Syndicate, Lee Craigie, is the Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland. Lee’s role is to act as a national advocate for walking and cycling across the country, raising the profile of these inclusive and sustainable modes of travel while promoting their heath, environmental, social and economic benefits to everyone who lives, works in, or visits Scotland.
Investing in eBikes
Did you know there are now more than 600 eBikes in Scotland thanks to our eBike Grant Fund? We joined Ellie Grebenik from Energy Saving Trust at Edinburgh Napier University's Annual Electric Vehicle Event to hear more about the fund – just one element of our wider work to promote Active Travel.