Walking and Cycling: 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.

Recent investment

We work very closely with our partners and Local Authorities to deliver the Active Travel vision, underpinned by the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and the National Walking Strategy. We fund active travel 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.

Over the past few months we've announced new funding for active travel across a range of areas - you can read more about this in our funding stories below. Select a story to learn more:

For more information see our funding opportunities section to find out how you can get involved in developing active travel around Scotland

Video: Investing in communities

This month we announced that 28 organisations across Scotland have received over £330k through the Cycle Friendly Community Development Fund. The money has been provided by the Scottish Government and delivered through Cycling Scotland in order to provide greater access to bikes and more opportunities to cycle.

Read more about this funding.


Working with partners

Earlier this year we joined partner organisations including Cycling Scotland, Paths for All, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland at the Active Travel Conference in Perth.

During his keynote speech, former Transport Minister Humza Yousaf talked about the doubling of the active travel budget to £80m investment for 2018, and launched the new Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund. 

Watch the video to learn a little more about the event.