A Skye project has taken a step forward following a funding award.
The Skye Cycle Way has received £54,000 to carry out survey work and feasibility studies along the route between the Skye Bridge and Broadford.
The route will link to Kyle of Lochalsh railway station via an existing cycle path on the Skye Bridge, creating a safe and sustainable route onto the Isle of Skye. The project is organised by volunteers under the umbrella of Broadford & Strath Community Company (BSCC).
The funding has been provided by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, through the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland funded Community Links programme. The grant will help identify any technical issues before concept design can begin. Tenders for the work, which includes ecological, engineering and archaeological surveys, will be advertised in early February 2019 on the Public Contracts Scotland website. Suitably qualified local firms are welcome to apply.
The Community Links programme supports the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. Dave Keane, Community Links Manager for Sustrans, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the development of the Skye Cycle Way. This is an interesting project, with a fantastic group of volunteers and community activists driving it forward.”
Skye Cycle Way action group volunteer Andy Neison said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which is a fantastic and significant step in making the cycle way a reality. On behalf of the group I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the project so far, including landowners, local businesses and volunteers. We’re always keen for more people to get involved - check out our Facebook page to find out more.”
Eilean a’ Cheo Ward Councillor John Finlayson said: “I would like to congratulate BSCC for securing this funding and for again showing such a forward thinking and can do attitude to yet another project. The development of the Skye Cycle Way will be of great value to locals and tourists alike and not just provide a safe route for cyclists but also help to improve the health and wellbeing of many people. This will hopefully be the start of a more extensive cycle way on the island.”
Images from Skye Cycle Way group taken at a recent action day in November.