The Council adopted Glasgow's Active Travel Strategy 2022-2031 at the City Administration Committee on 24th February 2022.
As part of a step change to how we move around Glasgow, the Active Travel Strategy (ATS) aims to achieve significant modal shift across the city to walking, wheeling and cycling and to deliver on its vision that:
"walking, wheeling and cycling will be the first and natural
choice for everyday journeys, for people of all ages and ability, to
travel locally to schools, to shops, to work, or to the city centre."
The ATS further defines how active travel contributes to the transport needs of the city, while helping deliver on carbon neutrality and social equity.
The strategy supports the City's ambitious commitments by 2030 to:
The strategy is framed by three policy and action areas:
A key activity strand of the strategy is the development of the City Network, which will provide an accessible, safe, coherent and direct active travel network across Glasgow. To be delivered by 2030, the City Network will connect key amenities and drivers of travel such as education, business, retail and culture.
The Connectivity, People and Place: Interim Delivery Plan for the City Network sets out how the City Network will be designed and rapidly delivered over a 10 year period. The Final Delivery Plan for the City Network sets out the phasing of key sectors of the network, allowing GCC officers to prioritise design and delivery across the city. As the overarching network document for the GCC delivery teams, it will also be used to direct funding applications.
The development of the more informal Neighbourhood Network will focus on improvements for walking and wheeling to enable easy everyday active journeys within neighbourhoods, and to make easy connections to the City Network and public transport networks.
The City Network and Neighbourhood Network will be co-created as part of the Glasgow's Liveable Neighbourhoods programme at a multi-neighbourhood level.
Responding to the Unlocking Change theme of the ATS and to Policy 97 of the Glasgow Transport Strategy, is the Travel Behaviour Change Strategy. Approved by the City Administration Committee in June 2023, the strategy aims to encourage more sustainable travel choices.
The TBCS uses the Scottish Government's Individual, Social and Material model (ISM) of Behaviour Change as a framework for its policies and actions within. The ISM helps us to understand how people make their travel choices, and then proposes how these choices can be influenced to deliver improved outcomes from transport, in line with the policies of Glasgow's suite of transport strategies.
The strategy sets out a series of short-term priority actions under the 'Action Areas' of I, S and M, as well as a fourth area focusing on Communications. The strategy further acts as overarching guidance for design teams within GCC requiring a behaviour change plan as part of their project delivery."
Responding to the Thinking Differently theme of the ATS, a draft Cycling and Urban Sports Strategy has been published. As a successor to the Strategic Plan for Cycling 2016-2025, the new strategy innovatively includes wheeled urban sports, such as BMX, skateboarding, skating and push-scooting, alongside all forms of cycling.
As wheeled urban sports moves more into the mainstream, partnering them with cycling will help deliver on the outcomes for the city from transport: these activities can help to get more people active, improving health and wellbeing, and they can lead to an increase in rates of active travel, helping the city's transition to net-zero. By considering these activities as we continue to develop the city, we can help unlock vibrant community spaces for all, and linking these places together for easy access by our active travel networks will help incorporate them into people's everyday journeys and lives.
The delivery framework for the strategy is People, Place, Programme and Partnership, with the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity embedded throughout. People refers to the staff, volunteers, coaches, etc, who deliver cycling and wheeled urban sports activity programmes. Place refers to the safe and accessible spaces and facilities providing opportunities to participate. Programme is about the training and other activities that improve skills and boost the confidence people require to participate. Partnerships is the overarching approach to delivery as GCC and Glasgow Life must work together and with other partners to deliver the people, place and programme elements of the strategy.
The profile of cycling will be raised to the fore in Glasgow during the summer's 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. The engagement and online consultation for the draft Cycling and Urban Sports Strategy will take place concurrently.
Public Engagement on the draft Cycling and Urban Sport Strategy will commence on Tuesday, 11 July 2023 and close on Monday, 21 August 2023. Please take a moment to read through the draft strategy and click on the link to complete the short Online Survey or use the QR code provided below:
The Active Travel Strategy and the Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme are both part of a suite of transport related plans and documents which will:
The suite of transport related documents includes:
This report (formerly known as Bike Life) is produced by Sustrans in partnership with Glasgow City Council. The biennial Index is part of the biggest assessment of walking and cycling in the UK and Ireland, incorporating 18 cities and urban areas. The report contains a wealth of data on provision within the city to facilitate walking, wheeling and cycling, and incorporates the attitudes of local residents towards these travel modes.
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