Dundee roads could be squeezed giving cyclists and pedestrians more space to ‘make streets safer’

People across Dundee are being asked to give their views on proposals to allocate more road space to cyclists and pedestrians.

The Northern Links proposal – which is being managed by Dundee City Council and supported by Tactran and Sustrans Scotland – would lead to the creation of three cycle routes connecting the city centre and the communities to the north-east and west.

Routes along Lochee Road, Seagate, Victoria Road and Dens Road, as well as Princes Street and King Street, are included in the project.

Lochee Road is one of the streets that could allow more space for cyclists and pedestrians

According to the proposals, “by reallocating some road space in favour of people rather than traffic, we can make our streets safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians”.

Gary Cummins, senior consultant for public transport consulting group Systra, said: “The project is about making sustainable transport easier for people, whether they are walking, cycling, using wheelchairs or pushing buggies.

“Lochee Road and Dens Road are dominated by moving traffic – it’s about getting more of a balance.”

Residents have been voicing their opinions on the proposal at information events held at the Olympia Leisure Centre, Lochee Leisure Centre, Mitchell Street Centre and Lochee Library.

The scheme is also looking for ideas to improve the Seagate by reducing pollution and traffic congestion.

Stuart Elder, assistant consultant for Systra, said: “It’s been quite fruitful – we’ve had a lot of comments from cyclists in particular. We’re looking for more members of the public to give feedback – the more the better.”

Proposals will be submitted to Sustrans by April 2019 after which it will be decided whether the proposal goes into the next phase. Views can be given at dundeenorthern links.com/get-involved.