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City council plans could ‘reallocate’ road space for new segregated cycling lanes on three major Dundee commuter routes

The city council wants to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle.
The city council wants to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle.

Travellers will be encouraged to use pedal power rather than petrol in a plan to upgrade three of Dundee’s major commuter routes.

Dundee City Council wants to create segregated lanes for cyclists as part of the project, which includes Lochee Road and the Seagate.

Major commuter routes could see more space given to cyclists.

Routes along Victoria Road and Dens Road, as well as Princes Street and King Street, are also included in the Northern Links project.

The plans say “by reallocating some road space in favour of people rather than traffic, we can make our streets safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians (and for buggy, scooter and wheelchair users)”.

The proposed changes are due to be submitted to sustainable transport charity Sustrans by April next year.

It will then decide whether to provide further funding to the scheme.

The council is asking people who use the routes to make their opinions known through the Northern Links website.

People can also email their comments and suggestions to cycling@dundeecity.gov.uk.

The initial feedback will be used to create concept designs. The local authority hopes to publish draft plans early next year to kick-start a “more refined consultation”.

Mark Flynn, city development depute convener, hopes the potential changes will encourage people to use their bikes to commute.

The SNP councillor said: “Everyone agrees that we need to improve air quality, have less congestion, shorter journey times and better health in Dundee, but when it comes to making changes that will deliver those outcomes there is little agreement on who should change and what should be done.

“That is where the council has taken up the challenge with our ambitious and brave Northern Links proposals. We want to take these issues seriously, bring communities with us and make real change that will give us the benefits we all agree we want.

“Making a more sustainable transport choice for journeys into and out of the city centre should be easier and these proposals do that by improving cycling and walking routes.”

Mr Flynn said the aim was to make the targeted streets safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as for buggy, scooter and wheelchair users.

“By redesigning our public spaces, we can make them more attractive, healthier and more sociable places to spend time in as well as travel through,” he added.

The process is supported by the Scottish Government and run by Sustrans, which says it is looking for “big, bold and innovative” projects to restore the balance of Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking and cycling.

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