Members of Broadford Youth Group on a recent sponsored cycle. A safe path could benefit users of all ages.
Proposals to create a safe path for cyclists and other users between the Skye Bridge and Broadford are gaining momentum. A local action group is inviting people to get involved and submit ideas via an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZCV9WKR).
Group member Adele Beck explains: 'The stretch of A87 between Broadford and the Kyle of Lochalsh is a hugely busy road. All Skye Bridge traffic comes this way, including lorries and tourist traffic. While cycling in Skye is increasingly popular, and a more environmentally friendly way to travel for both work and leisure, this is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous route to attempt on two wheels.'
However, alongside this busy road sits the remnants of an old road running along the shore - largely now hidden, but with much of the tarmac still in place under the moss and undergrowth.
Adele adds: 'The group's vision is to re-use this existing structure and extend it to provide a beautiful, safe and convenient path for non-motorised users - including cyclists, walkers and runners. In due course it is hoped that this could become the start of a 'green' transport network across Skye and Wester Ross.'
Section of the old road which it is hoped to open up for all users
Formed just over 3 months ago, Skye Cycle Way action group has already made headway in engaging with landowners and potential funders. The group comprises volunteers and representatives from local groups, working in partnership with Broadford & Strath Community Company, and welcomes new volunteers and members. Regular open meetings are held, with the next meeting taking place at Kyleakin Hall on Thursday 26 April at 6pm.
Local residents and visitors are invited to share ideas about how they might use the path and any further thoughts by the end of April. The survey link and further information can be found on the group's Facebook page and the Broadford and Strath Community Company website