The transport studies undertaken for the Stirling Local Development Plan recommended new active travel infrastructure along Dumbarton Road as part of a package of measures to relieve city centre traffic congestion. This recommendation was developed into a proposal for a high-quality cycling and walking route into the city centre. This was developed further with a successful bid for the first and second rounds of Sustrans Community Links PLUS funding, expanding to include a route to the University and a travel behaviour change programme.
In 2017, the Council was successful in the final round of the Community Links PLUS competition, adjudicated by Transport Scotland, to help develop and deliver an exemplar placemaking and active travel project. The project, called Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling, has been awarded significant funding to take the programme forward.
Making improvements to routes from the city centre to Forth Valley College and Stirling Station to the University of Stirling, Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling will make it easier and safer to travel around on foot and bike. It will also reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and create more attractive and dynamic public spaces along routes helping to make the city a better place for people to live, work and visit.
Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling is part funded by Transport Scotland. Additional funding for the project is to be drawn from the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and contributions from local development.
A Commonplace website has been set up for Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling to allow the public to provide their input into the project. Please sign up to the website to be kept up-to-date on upcoming engagement events and project progress - you can find the website by following the link to www.walkcyclelivestirling.commonplace.is.
What does Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling hope to achieve?
- A greater number of journeys made on foot, by bike, by scooter or by wheelchair.
- The provision of walking and cycling routes which allow everyone to get around independently, including children aged 12 years or older, and people with disabilities.
- Create people-focussed places that improve urban and green spaces.
- Support local businesses and provide affordable access to employment for local people.
- A reduction in the negative impacts of traffic volume and speed in local neighbourhoods.
About the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling areas:
The Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is made up of the following improvement areas. These are discussed in more detail below:
- The Raploch Street Design Project
- The City Centre to Forth Valley College Route
- The Stirling Station to University Route
The Raploch Street Design Project
The first phase of the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is a focussed street design project covering Raploch Road and the link to Forth Valley College Stirling Campus along Drip Road. This project is being led by Sustrans’ specialist Street Design Team who use intensive engagement methods to co-design the public realm and streetscape improvement with the local community.
The next major public event will take place on 15th March 2019, where the team will present their initial design options for review and discussion. You can find more details about this event by clicking here.
City centre to Forth Valley College
The city centre to Forth Valley College route will improve the look and feel of the streets on the route from Upper Craigs, Port Street and Wellgreen Road, along the A811 and A84 to the Castleview ‘Park and Choose’ site and the Forth Valley College campus.
The route proposals could include resurfacing and widening pavements and creating safer crossing points, alongside protected cycle lanes. The route will also:
- Bring residents and visitors to the Forth Valley College and draw people from the city centre to destinations including the Albert Halls, Smith Art Gallery and King’s Knot.
- Provide a walking and cycling link from the Castleview ‘Park and Choose’ site, Forth Valley College and Castle Business Park to the city centre.
- Improve the look and feel of the city centre and develop increased provision for walking and cycling.
Stirling Station to the University of Stirling
The route between Stirling station and the University of Stirling will improve the look and feel of the route along busy streets including Cowane Street, Causewayhead Road and Airthrey Road.
This route is currently one of the most popular links in the city for people travelling by foot or bike. The project will help to create safer and more attractive streets where walking and cycling is prioritised and provide improved links from residential areas and the city centre to destinations including the University of Stirling and Wallace High school. The project will also:
- Improve connections from Stirling’s communities living north of the river to the city centre and other key destinations.
- Improve walking and cycling for visitors between the city centre (including Stirling Castle), Stirling Bridge, the river and the Wallace Monument.
- Improve the quality of the National Cycle Network (NCN 765) as it passes through the city.
The engagement phase for the main active travel routes is planned to commence in Spring 2019. There will be public notification by leaflets, print and social media in advance of the public events.
Following this engagement phase, outline designs will be prepared for each section of the scheme. There will be further engagement on these designs before and during the detailed design stage and prior to construction, which is due to start in 2020/21.
If you would like to know any more about Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling, please get in touch using the 'contact us' links to the right.