Dundee City Council has released details of how it plans to make the city more cycle-friendly.
The administration revealed details of the first draft of its Cycling Strategy this week following a series of public meetings.
It is summed up as getting more people to cycle more often.
As well as promising 5% of the council’s annual transport budget will be spent on promoting cycling and walking in the city, the policy outlines plans to develop a network of cycle routes, improve infrastructure for cyclists and prioritise the safety of cyclists.
There also plans for a new cycle hub at the waterfront, and cycle awareness training for the council’s drivers.
The local authority’s report shows that Dundonians travel by bike less than the average Scot and half as much as people from Edinburgh.
Just 1% of all journeys made in the city are made by bike, according to the document (PDF link).
It was also revealed that despite 51% of households in the city not holding a driving licence, only 24% of homes have access to an adult-size bike.
With that in mind, the council has set itself the ambitious targets of achieving an 200% increase in annual bike use by 2026 and 100% by 2021.
City development convener Will Dawson said: “We are doing all we can to encourage people to keep fit and use sustainable transport methods.
“The council and its partners have invested in a number of developments over the years and we hope to take forward this future strategy to further improve cycling in the city.
“The council welcomes any encouragement that can be given to people to get out and cycle in Dundee.”
Cyclist safety and improving the numbers of child cyclists are other aspects that have been prioritised, with council chiefs promising to monitor the numbers of cyclists injured in road accidents and increase youth cycling figures by 100%.
Plans to create an annual cycling forum to allow residents and cyclists to discuss the progress of the project were also shared.
The council’s first draft of its Cycling Strategy follows consultation with 60 members of the public and with NHS Tayside and Police Scotland.
Dundee was given just two-and-a-half stars out of a possible five in 2013 by Cycle Scotland.
The draft strategy will be discussed at a meeting of the council on Monday, followed by a six-week public consultation.
Earlier this week, a Sustrans-commissioned poll claimed to have found the majority of drivers back increased investment in cycling infrastructure in the UK.