Online public engagement to gain local views on walking and cycling improvements in Inverness.
The Highland Council, alongside project partners Sustrans Scotland have launched an online engagement website to gather views and update local residents, business and stakeholders on key active travel improvements taking place on key corridors within the city
The commonplace web portal has already been used successfully with similar active travel schemes in Glasgow, Perth and Stirling, and a key feature of the website is an interactive heat map where people can pin point locations on the key project routes, and highlight what they currently like or dislike, and comment on how they would like this to change going forward. . Additionally, there are key project pages with concept designs and news of upcoming consultation events, which will be updated regularly as the schemes progress.
Councillor Trish Robertson, Vice Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee, said: “Improving active travel routes in Inverness and reducing single car use is one way which we can help the climate emergency declared by the Council. Encouraging walking and cycling is not only better for the environment, but will encourage healthier lifestyles going forward, and ties into the Scottish Government aspiration to reach 10% of everyday journeys by bike. The commonplace website is a very easy to use interactive resource, which I hope local families, stakeholders and business will utilise to ensure we gather a real understanding of the barriers to walking and cycling.”