Two key parts of the Strathmore Cycle Network will soon be in place following Perth & Kinross Council’s approval of several new ‘Green Routes’ across the county.
Green Routes are country lanes normally narrower than 4m, where 40 mph speed limits are imposed making them friendlier for walkers and cyclists. There are already 19 such routes in Perth & Kinross, and the Council has now approved five new ones, two of which are key components of the Strathmore Cycle Network.
One of these includes the minor roads from Bothrie to Burnhead, and from Blacklaw to the bridge over the River Isla at Boat of Bardmony. This will connect New Alyth with the eastern end of the new multi-user path that has just been constructed by the Strathmore Cycle Network and local landowners, connecting Blacklaw with Ashgrove Road in Rattray.
The other new Green Route is the network of lanes southeast of Blairgowrie linking Rosemount, Parkhead, Myreriggs, Coupar Grange and Bendochy. This will link to the proposed new multi-user path coming out of Coupar Angus and over the Couttie Bridge, completing the Blairgowrie-Coupar Angus section of there Strathmore Cycle Network.
The other three Green Routes that have been approved are at Muthill, Longforgan, and Aberargie. The Council says that discussions with elected members, local communities and cycling groups indicate that the Green Routes are very popular with road users, and they’re sure that the new routes will be no different.
The Council’s formal approval of the new routes will allow traffic regulation orders to be prepared and advertised, with any objections being considered by a Council committee. All being well, the new Green Routes should be a reality by next Spring.
The Strathmore Cycle Network is an ambitious plan to create a £1.6-million network of cycling and walking routes designed to connect Alyth. Blairgowrie/Rattray and Coupar Angus, improving road safety and helping to cut carbon emissions and pollution.
The development trusts in the three town have already raised more than £250,000 towards the total, which is being invested in the new path between Alyth and Rattray as well as the design of the new path from Coupar Angus to Bendochy.
See all the new Green Routes on this PKC document: New Green Routes