Complete the Helensburgh to Dumbarton Cycle Path!

Complete the Helensburgh to Dumbarton Cycle Path!

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Cardross CAN started this petition to Chief Executive - Argyll and Bute Council and

The Helensburgh to Dumbarton cycle path via Cardross has been in the planning for nearly 20 years and is scheduled for completion by 2026/2027. We propose to lobby Argyll and Bute Council, Sustrans and the Transport MSP to ensure that this project is delivered at the very latest within the current schedule, if not before. We ask them to be accountable to this timeline, and ensure that this project has timely, if not continuous funding and allocation of relevant staff resources so there are no further slippages. The past 20 years have shown a lack of accountability for the cycle path, thereby losing the public’s trust in these organisations to complete this project.

The cycle path is a much needed safe environment for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and users of mobility equipment to travel between the towns and villages situated along the northern shores of the River Clyde. Cardross village in particular has no direct active transport route out of the village other than the main road between Dumbarton and Helensburgh (A814).

The A814 (60mph speed limit) is a narrow road, with relatively few straights for vehicles to pass cyclists and walkers safely. Many that travel on this road regularly have a near-miss story to tell and this was tragically emphasised in November by the death of a local cyclist. 

Following the recent upsurge in people walking and cycling, it is imperative that this cycle path is completed without any further delays. The cycle path will protect vulnerable cyclists and walkers and provide a safe route for all ages to partake in active travel between Helensburgh and Dumbarton, including enabling young people to develop healthy commuting habits. 

With Scotland hosting COP26 next year it is an embarrassment that such a busy commuter area does not have an active travel path.  The Scottish Government states that this is vitally important for reducing carbon emissions: “More people choosing to walk and cycle will reduce pollution and emissions from motorised travel and so help tackle climate change” (Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Framework, Feb 2020)

If you believe this cycle path is important to you, your family, your friends, the wider local community’s mental and physical wellbeing, and the environment, please sign our petition. A strong level of public support through signing this petition will send a clear message that we as a community really need and will use this path.

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