Towards Zero Carbon Bute Active Travel Project, funded by Climate Challenge Fund, appointed T P & E as consultants in September 2013. The objective was to undertake a review of Isle of Bute to allow improvements to be identified and implemented enabling islanders to see walking and cycling as a viable choice when undertaking short journeys.
We are pleased to publish the Active Travel Action Plan. The report is available for download at 2013-10-03 Bute Report v.1.1 or by dropping into 7 Castle Street, Rothesay.
To achieve our aim of reducing carbon by replacing short car journeys with walking and cycling we have investigated three distinct areas:
Achievements to date
It has been a great year with people of all ages participating in challenges, cycling to make smoothies, orienteering to find clues and planning journeys to school or work. Thanks to all who have supported as volunteers, partners, and participants. And there’s more to come!
The action plan contains recommendations for placing permanent map boards at key locations to illustrate there is a good network of routes and quiet roads giving access to local services and attractions, making it ideal for walking and cycling. We are delighted to be invited by Bute Community Council to place the first of these in Montague Street garden – installation pending.
The action plan contains a signage strategy for Bute Cycle Network, with recommendation for Bute to become part of National Cycle Network. The signage strategy would enable cyclist to understand the time involved travelling from one location to another; how navigable the island is by bike; and alert drivers to the possibility encountering other road users. TZCB, supported by T P & E, are engaging with Argyll & Bute Council, HITRANS and SUSTRANS to secure delivery of the strategy. The verbal responses have been encouraging.
Consultation regarding shared use of space and trial of traffic free periods in Montague Street met with mixed response. Taking responses forward it was established that the latest Road Traffic Order has not been fully installed however full delivery of the RTO would fit very well with the requests of shop owners to keep the traffic flowing by restricting parking time.
Finally a community link design for first phase of Bute Coastal Cycle path was drawn up, and we are looking at funding options to take this project forward.
We would welcome feedback on the report. Please also look out for our newsletter, dropping through a letter box near you soon.
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Fyne Futures Towards Zero Carbon Bute project has secured funding to progress development phase of co-operative community owned and managed renewable energy project from Co-operative Community Energy Challenge and Community and Renewable Energy Scheme.
The funding has been secured for a self-employed Project Manager to work with Bute Renewable Energy Project Steering Group to develop a business plan for the community co-operative, manage relationships with supporting suppliers and undertake activities in preparation for a community share issue.
The goal is to complete the development phase of the project and if feasible, secure funds to progress. Do you believe in community owned and run renewable energy generation? We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on this exciting community project for the Isle of Bute.
Deadline for applications is Friday 20th September.
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