About this good practice
SEStran used a consultant to develop a strategy for guiding investment in cross local authority boundary sections of the cycling network, with particular focus on routes suitable for commuters. The approach involved the following key stages: best practice review, desktop study, and initial consultation, site audits, developing of recommendation and stakeholder workshop.
Effective partnership working with local authorities is essential.
Due to the high level of the study, detailed cost estimates for the interventions listed below have not been developed. However the level of investment required has been designated as low, medium or high based on set criteria.
Evidence of success
Thirteen key actions based on key commuting corridors were identified with short and long term solutions offered for each. Thirty-eight key barriers and missing links within the strategic commuter cycling network were identified.
Coordinated implementation of the strategy, and new working relationships between neighbouring council cycling officers.
Supporting grant (match-funded) scheme established and investment from local authorities and landowners (e.g. Edinburgh University)
Potential for learning or transfer
Be ambitious but realistic in your objectives.
Cross boundary issues are not always at the forefront of Councils priorities so a broader perspective is necessary.