Published: 19/04/2017 17:00 - Updated: 18/04/2017 11:54

Green roads mean go for cyclists in Inverness

Written byNicole Webber

Highland Council staff finished pouring the markings in the the last week.
Highland Council staff finished pouring the markings in the the last week.

CYCLE lanes have appeared on Drummond and Culduthel Road to get people thinking about safety and speed.

The green strips on the road around junctions aim to remind drivers to be aware of cyclists and to alert riders to the risk of cars approaching from both sides.

Highland Council received funding for road improvements to encourage walking and cycling as a runner up in the Sustrans Community Links Plus competition in 2016. The council put forward the Inverness City Active Travel Network to compete against other local authorities for a grant of up to £3 million.

Although they missed out on the main grant last year they are once again in the final stages of the competition. Highland council have received another £40,000 from Sustrans to put forward new proposals and plans for the competition.

Councillor for the Ness-side ward of Inverness, Alasdair Christie said: "It is part of a wider scale project to slow down traffic and make Culduthel Road safer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. A lot of cyclists use that route and a lot of children walk that way to school so it is important that measures like this are put in place to slow traffic.

"The money from Sustrans comes from the Scottish Government - any additional funds to make Inverness better, safer and more vibrant is welcomed."

A Highland Council spokeswoman could not confirm how much the road markings cost but said: "The new painted lanes are part of the Slackbuie cycle route and cover Drummond Road and Culduthel Road.

"The green road markings have been used all over the country to make cyclists and drivers more aware of each other."

The winner of the Sustrans Community Links Plus competition will be announced this summer. If successful the council plan to create segregated cycle-friendly routes along Millburn Road, Academy Street and the Raigmore Interchange.

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