A NEW travel network aimed at doubling the level of cycling around Inverness has cleared the first hurdle of a national competition.
Highland Council is aiming to secure CLPlus funding for its proposed Inverness City Active Travel Network design.
Run by Sustrans and funded by the Scottish Government, CLPlus delivers projects that improve options for so-called ‘active travel’ – such as cycling.
Having made it into the second stage the council will now receive up to £10,000 of funding to further work up its proposal.
The Inverness project aims to double the level of cycling by taking inspiration from Dutch-inspired infrastructure.
Councillor Helen Carmichael, Provost of Inverness, said: "Inverness is a city that understands the importance of long and fulfilled lives lived in good health and the importance of tourism and inward investment, supported by a strong city centre and employment base.
"The Inverness City Active Travel Network will add to and improve what we have already achieved."
The Inverness proposal in one of 10 projects across Scotland that are vying for the cash.
Stage two competitors now have until February 3 to work on their proposals before five finalists are announced.
These will then receive up to £40,000 to complete detailed proposals, with the overall winner being announced in late summer.