Old railway line from Doune to Callander

March 1, 2020

 

 

SAAP attended a February meeting with three members from Sustrans on an off-road active travel route (old railway line) from Doune to Burn of Cambus and eventually Callander. 

 

This is the first phase of a circa 3 mile, £4m project funded by Sustrans.  We strongly lobbied for the following key points:

  • To use an inclusive description like ‘active travel route’ and remove “cycle route” or ‘wheeling’ – per ‘Access for all’ in the 2005 Land Reform Act / Equality Act 2010.

  • At the start of the route, there should be toilet facilities indicated. (otherwise people will use the route as an open toilet)

  • Car parking should be provided as most people will go there by car and Doune doesn’t have enough car parking for visitors

We also put forward a string of questions that we feel need answered: 

  • How can this route be developed into a commuter route?

  • What profile does the path take? It should ideally be concave.

  • How are they going to stop speeding electric bikes and electric scooters which can travel at 15mph?

  • Will there be signs showing Do’s and Don’ts for users, e.g., ring your bell as you approach walkers?

  • Seating and picnic areas?

  • Waste Bins and Dog waste bins?

  • Dementia friendly signage?

We requested in writing that the meeting be minuted but as yet have not received meeting notes or minutes. 

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