Avoch to Munlochy and 

Drumderfit Active Travel Link


 March 2021

Active travel link consultation now open


The public consultation lasts from March 1 to March 30 2021.  The consultation is via this presentation


https://sway.office.com/a0LpKUlODiT6XfJY?ref=Link&loc=play

 

for which there is an on-line feedback form embedded within the presentation, and a number of online question and answer sessions later this month.

 

The feedback is chiefly a questionnaire with up to 15 questions,  and the questions you will be asked will depend on how you answer preceding ones.  The feedback form also provides  the opportunity for any comments you wish to make that are not otherwise dealt with.

 

An on-line Question and Answer session will include a representative from Transition Black Isle, a representative of the consultants, Pell Frischmann, and probably a staff member from the Sustrans Inverness office.

 

The dates of the Question and Answer sessions are

 

1000-1200 Saturday 20 March

1200-1400 Tuesday 23 March

1800-2000 Friday 25 March

 

Details of how to access the on-line Question and Answer sessions will be given here in due course.

 

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January 2021

Avoch to Munlochy & Drumderfit Active Travel Link - the background

TBI has been trying since 2014 to facilitate the creation of a cycle and pedestrian path to avoid the busy main road between Avoch and Munlochy and continue to provide safe walking and cycling to the Drumderfit car park on the minor road to Drumsmittal.  After a feasibility study identified possible routes, progress slowed in the face of anticipated problems in acquiring the necessary land.  Activity resumed in 2019 with a further consultants' review of the route and the recent announcement of a public consultation process, but problems over land acquisition remain unresolved.

TBI Convenor Julian Paren outlines the thinking behind the proposal for a path and reviews the progress to date.

The road from Avoch to Munlochy is one of the most well-used in the area. As well as local trips, both drivers and cyclists use it to commute to Inverness, with others coming into the area to visit tourist sites, shops and guest houses. Transition Black Isle (TBI) has been working to improve safety on the road - and to make it accessible for people traveling on foot, by bike or traveling in a wheelchair, mobility scooter or with a pram.

In 2014, TBI sought an alternative solution - a dedicated cycle path that could be used by commuting and leisure cyclists, walkers as well as parents with prams and young children, or the infirm riding mobility scooters.

Read the full article

Other documents about the cycle path are available at 

Resources / Document library / Transport / Cycling / Avoch-Munlochy cycle path .

 

 Part of the likely route of the cycle path - image Richard Dorrell, Geograph, Creative Commons Licence.

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