Community group Yokecoco has scooped a massive £13m to fund their inspired idea to create a cycling village in the west end of Glasgow.
The Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Cycling Village project won £6.5m in a competition run by the active travel charity Sustrans Scotland, through their Places for Everyone fund; and will be matched by Glasgow City Council.
The project will create segregated cycle lanes linking three National Cycle Routes. New crossing points, more dropped herbs, and tighter junctions to help reduce traffic speeds are part of the plans. Road space will also be reprioritised to make cycling safer and more enjoyable.
Lee Grant, who was one of the team behind the bid, said the award was way beyond what volunteers had imagined winning:
“This investment in cycling and walking will totally transform the experience for residents and people who visit the area. The project has been created by local people, for all those living and working within Yorkhill, Kelvingrove and Finnieston. Our aim is to create Scotland’s most accessible community. Not only for cyclists, but also those with an impairment.”
It is the first time in Scotland that a community group has approached transport charity funder Sustrans for such a proposal, rather than a council.
This film was made to support the bid:
This is amazing news for the city of Glasgow and it’s cyclists, and we look forward to seeing this develop.
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