A PROJECT looking to improve the walking and cycling network in the Braehead and Broomridge areas is underway.
It became possible after Stirling Council successfully secured funding from Sustrans to foot the bill for the £170,000 initiative.
Improvements will see paths widened, new crossings and dropped kerbs as well as new signage to make the route into the city centre clearer.
Having started at the end of February, the works ate expected to last for around seven weeks.
Councillor Jim Thomson, convener of the Environment and Housing Committee at Stirling Council, said: “I am pleased to see this project up and running which will deliver high-quality networks for cyclists and pedestrians in the local area and enhance neighbourhoods.”
The project is part of the local authority’s wider Active Travel Action Plan, supporting the delivery of the Local Transport Strategy and is aiming to encourage more trips by walking, cycling and public transport.
Cllr Thomson added: “These improvements have been developed in consultation with communities and will make a huge difference to how people travel across the city as we look to achieve a sustainable and active Stirling.
“The wide benefits of cycling and walking are well documented and this initiative in Braehead and Broomridge will provide a range of active travel options for people which are affordable, healthy and environmentally friendly.”
The funding came as part of Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme, which provides money for infrastructure to improve everyday journeys by walking and biking.
Dave Keane, manager of the programme, said: “These improvements will make it easier for people to walk, cycle or wheel to and from Braehead and Broomridge, giving people more options for reaching workplaces, businesses and education.
“We are very pleased to have been able to work with Stirling Council to deliver real improvements for the area.”