Transport Scotland aims to get more people making active travel choices for short everyday journeys wherever possible, to improve health and the environment. The long term vision sets out how Scotland will look in 2030 if this is achieved. Linked to the long term vision are the National Walking Strategy and Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2017-2020 and the newly published Active Travel Task Force report which makes recommendations for overcoming barriers to the delivery of innovative and new walking and cycling infrastructure.
Transport Scotland grant funds organisations for both building infrastructure and behaviour change interventions (such as mapping, signage and information on routes, cycle training, cycle loan schemes, led walks), to encourage more people to walk and cycle more often. These include Paths for All, Cycling Scotland, Sustrans and Local Authorities across Scotland.
The Scottish Government has also confirmed in the Programme for Government that it will maintain record levels of funding for Active Travel for the duration of this Parliament. This funding will also help to deliver our commitment to the shared vision as reiterated in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2017-2020 that by 2020 10% of everyday journeys will be by bike.
It goes without saying that walking and cycling benefits the individual with not just physical health benefits, but benefits for mental health, the environment and keeping people's transport costs down. Transport Scotland is committed to making it easier for everyone to incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines.