Choosing to walk or cycle can have a big impact on physical health, mental wellbeing, connecting people with their communities and encouraging healthier lifestyles. These benefits can be felt especially by people living in areas of high deprivation, overcoming transport poverty, isolation and health inequalities.
Through the new Social Housing Fund for Improved Walking and Cycling Facilities, tenants living in housing associations and tenement residential properties across Scotland will soon be able to enjoy improved facilities to make walking and cycling easier, more attractive and more accessible.
What is the fund?
The new Social Housing Fund is available to social housing providers and registered social landlords across Scotland to encourage and support active travel within communities. The fund, supported by the Scottish Government, will prioritise areas of high deprivation with the aim of encouraging walking and cycling for everyday journeys.
The new fund will improve facilities for walking and cycling, enabling residents, tenants and housing staff to enjoy their outside space and get active.
How much is available?
Social housing providers can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for a range of infrastructure proposals including cycle parking shelters, street furniture such seating, litter bins, bollards and planters as well as improvements to access points and lighting.
Who can apply?
Social housing providers who are looking to actively promote walking and cycling options for residents.
The fund will prioritise areas of high deprivation and properties that aim to encourage residents to incorporate walking and cycling as part of their daily journeys to and from work, to go shopping, attend appointments, and visit family and friends.
How to apply?