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Developing an Active Nation

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.

Investing in Active Travel

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

2020 Active Travel News

2019 Active Travel News

2018 Active Travel news

For more information:

Working with partners

We joined partner organisations including Paths for All, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland at Cycling Scotland's Annual Conference in Edinburgh in November 2019.

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.

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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.

Find out more about the role.

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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.

Learn more about the fund.

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