"We are delighted to announce the opening of the recruitment process for Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner.
"The Scottish Government is committed to building an ‘Active Nation’ by making our towns and cities friendlier, safer and more accessible. Our funding of active travel projects aims to significantly improve our public realm, creating segregated cycle lanes in our towns and cities, supporting behaviour change and educational projects and making walking and cycling the natural and easy choice for everyday short journeys.
"Active Travel is a key priority within the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government (PfG), and we work very closely with walking and cycling partners and Local Authorities to deliver this vision which is underpinned by both the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) and the National Walking Strategy. This vision has been further boosted by the recently published Active Travel Task Force report that outlines 18 recommendations to overcoming barriers in delivering better walking and cycling infrastructure, changing travel behaviour and working towards our Active Nation vision, and with the announcement by the First Minister on 10 June of the National Performance Framework for Scotland where journeys by active travel is an agreed national Indicator.
"We would like to appoint an independent Commissioner who can support this vision by working with and challenging stakeholders and the status quo, to raise the profile of this exciting work.
"Thank you for your interest, and good luck!”
Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity
Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing
Sunday 7 October 2018