Community Links Plus
Sustrans (a national charity who have been allocated money by the Scottish Government to promote walking and cycling) are running a design competition called Community Links PLUS. The aim of the competition is to help develop and deliver an exemplar placemaking and active travel project.
The Council’s initial ideas – building on proposals contained within the City Deal Masterplan and the Local Transport Strategy – have made it into the final of the competition along with Glasgow, Edinburgh and Highland Councils.
Over the last couple of months we have been consulting with local communities to further develop our initial ideas. We held community engagement events including cycle rides and have encouraged feedback online to help us develop and refine our initial ideas.
Our proposals aim to create a world class active travel culture with a world class active travel network for Stirling. We submitted our updated bid to the competition on Friday 14 July and this includes proposals for:
- Two high quality walking and cycling routes, one to the university, and one a green ribbon to take residents and visitors to the future City Park
- Placemaking with communities to give the routes an identity and character of their own
- Streetscaping projects, working with communities on the routes, along Dunster Road, Cowane Street and in Raploch to make their streets places for all the family
- A 'Smarter Choices' programme with the Cycle Hub, to help people walk and cycle for work, learning and pleasure to wherever they need to go
The winners of the competition will be announced in August. If our bid is successful we will start to refine these proposals through consultation and engagement. This will put the wheels in motion for all the exciting activities we hope will help everyone step out and cycle on in Stirling.
You can find out more information about the Sustrans Community Links process on their website.