Kidical Mass | National Action for Safer Streets

Join us on the 20th of April 2024 for Kidical Mass.
This month we are taking part in the national action calling for safer streets.
We need to make our city a safe place for people of all ages to be able to travel, whether as pedestrians or on a bike. Many people cant make their journeys by car – either they can’t afford one, or for whatever reason they can’t drive – and they too have a right to get safely snd conveniently around Inverness.
This year in Scotland two children have been killed as they made their way to school. Children should be safe to cycle, wheel and walk to school. Join us to demand safer streets for all.

Beauly – Inverness route – Dunballoch to Brockie’s Corner section

Reported by Ged Church, with photos from Graeme Turner

The creation of a safe cycling/walking route between Inverness and Beauly has been a goal of HCC since its inception in 1996 . Yes that’s 28 years ago now! Since 2000 this project has been supported and taken forward by the local Community Trust now known as Aird Community Trust ( ACT ) The first major section was completed by 2003, i.e. the Inchmore to Easter Moniack path, creating a traffic free link between Inchmore and the Cabrich and Reelig minor roads. The finance for that section was raised by a Community Trust paths group supported by Highland Council. We had to wait until 2016 for the next section – Lovat Bridge to Dunballoch to be completed. This was provided by the Council who obtained specific Active Travel funding from central government.

Shared use path at dunballoch.  There is a bike propped agaist the crossing posts and a sign showing shared use.

Now, at last, the section from Dunballoch to the Kiltarlity road junction ( Brockie’s corner ) has been provided, being completed just before Christmas 2023. In between these successes have been many disappointments. When a roadside path is desired there are three main obstacles to overcome. The first is “ Is it possible or are there infra structure difficulties? “. The second is “ Is there finance available? ” . Thirdly “ Who owns the land and are they willing to enter into an agreement for a path?” This last section was initially held up by landowner difficulties. Then, when these were resolved, the finance was no longer available. However Highland Council took ownership of the project and obtained Central Govt. Active Travel funding to complete the latest section last year. 

Image shows a bike lent against a sign at the entrance to the new shared use path near brockies corner.

Many of you will have noticed that the East end of this section joins the A862 main road. This is unsatisfactory as it requires East bound cyclists to cross the road and cycle for 100m to the Cabrich road junction where they must then turn right onto the quiet Cabrich road. There is a design to allow for a crossing of the Kiltarlity road and a link on the south side to the Cabrich road and thus continue to Inchmore without having to cross the A862, but this part has been held up due to lack of landowner consent. We believe that Highland Council are working hard to resolve this situation. Meanwhile ACT members and local councillors are working to make sure this remains a high priority. We wish them success and thank the local councillors for their support for this much desired community link.

West of the Ness Drop in Session

The West of The Ness Project which aims to make walking, wheeling, and cycling in the area between the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal easier and safer, has announced a new round of public consultation sessions as part of Stage Two of its work.

The sessions which will take the form of informal drop-in sessions held towards the end of January at two local venues, will enable the public to give their views on a range of possible initiatives which have been developed as a result of community feedback received during Stage One of the project.

  • Merkinch Community Centre on Thursday 25 January from 2.30pm – 6.00pm followed by a 7pm presentation and question and answer session.

West of the Ness Drop in Session

The West of The Ness Project which aims to make walking, wheeling, and cycling in the area between the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal easier and safer, has announced a new round of public consultation sessions as part of Stage Two of its work.

The sessions which will take the form of informal drop-in sessions held towards the end of January at two local venues, will enable the public to give their views on a range of possible initiatives which have been developed as a result of community feedback received during Stage One of the project.

  • Kenneth Street Hall (11 Kenneth Street) on Tuesday 23 January from 2.30pm – 6.00pm followed by a 7pm presentation and question and answer session and the

Riverside Way Update Event

A public meeting is due to take place on Tuesday 16 January to update the public on the progress made with the Riverside Way works in Inverness. This ambitious project aims to improve active travel provision along the popular route of Ness Walk and Bught Road for those walking, wheeling, and cycling.
The meeting, which is open to anyone to attend, will be held in the Conference Room at the Highland Rugby Club premises, Canal Park from 7pm to 9pm.