A series of new paths aimed at improving pedestrian and cycling access in an Aberdeen suburb has been officially opened.
The Greenbrae Cycle Project, which links to Greenbrae School, housing developments and the nearby industrial estate, were launched by Nestrans chair, Councillor Peter Argyle and vice-chair Councillor Ramsay Milne, assisted by pupils of Greenbrae School.
Pupils and staff at Greenbrae School have been preparing for the launch by taking part in a sponsored cycle event and arranging an orienteering challenge around the new routes for parents, residents and the local business community.
Work on the project, which began in 2011, has seen the construction of a new path linking housing developments to the school and nearby industrial estate, as well as an increase in the number of children cycling to and from school.
Pavements throughout the area have been converted to shared use to cater for less confident cyclists, while signage has been installed to direct cyclists to recommended on-road routes and useful shortcuts.
These physical improvements have been accompanied by an intensive soft measures campaign in the neighbourhood, which has included: cycle training and bicycle maintenance classes at Greenbrae School; improvements to cycle parking; public cycling events; and road safety promotions. This has seen the proportion of pupils cycling to Greenbrae School rise from 1% in 2010 to 6% last year.
The official opening of the Greenbrae Cycle Project coincides with the publication of the Greenbrae Cycle Map, which shows all the cycle routes and facilities in the area.
Councillor Milne, who is also vice-convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Enterprise, Infrastructure and Planning Committee, said: “I’m delighted that Nestrans and the council have been able to provide this safe cycle route. I hope the residents of Bridge of Don will take the opportunity to use the facility and I encourage the children, young people and residents of all ages to get on their bikes. The creation of the Greenbrae Cycle Path is also a boon to those working in the Dubford industrial estate and hopefully it will help to reduce traffic on the roads.”
The project has been mainly funded by Nestrans, with an additional grant from sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland.