One of the first images of a proposed cycle path along some of Dundee’s busiest roads has been released by the council.
The Northern Links project plans could see cycling and walking routes along three corridors into the city centre; Lochee Road, Victoria Road and Princes Street/King Street.
The council wants to promote healthier ways of travelling and restore the balance in the city away from traffic and in favour of people.
An initial consultation in November showed strong support for moves to make these streets safer and more convenient for active travel.
Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We were really encouraged by the initial consultation where people showed strong support and enthusiasm for investing in segregated cycling infrastructure and we are grateful to everyone who took part.
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“That backing has spurred us on to the next stage with refined proposals and some visual representations of what the new layouts could look like so that people can get a better idea of how active travel infrastructure could look.
“The benefits for our city cannot be underestimated; healthier citizens, more connected communities, reduced traffic congestion and better air quality.”
It comes as other improvements are made to the city’s cycling infrastructure, such as a £376,000 upgrade of the Dundee Docks route from the city centre to Broughty Ferry.
Councillor Kevin Cordell, Dundee City Council’s cycling spokesperson, added: “The visual representation of what a segregated cycleway on Lochee Road might look like really brings home how our streets could be set up to encourage more active forms of travel.
“Getting more people to use their bikes for commuting and short journeys around the city would be good for all of us.”
The process is supported by the Scottish Government and run by Sustrans, who are looking for “big, bold and innovative projects to restore the balance of Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking and cycling.”
Draft proposals will be submitted to Sustrans by the end of April where decisions will be taken on whether they go forward to the next phase of detailed development.