About Walk, Cycle, Live StirlingWCLS Winter Walks

As we prepare to start the next round of consultation online, we want to encourage our communities to walk safely along the routes and share with us their ideas for how they might be improved, particularly placemaking ideas. With this in mind, the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling team have designed 2 fun family Winter Walks. These are activity trails that help reconnect the walkers with some of Stirling’s history and encourage them to imagine what it might be like in the future. Each 1.5 hour walk consists of a number of stops with location history, puzzles and activities to complete for children and adults as well as targeted place quality questions. These will help us understand current perceptions of those places and allow people to share ideas and aspirations for how these places could be improved in the future. Completing the puzzles and questions also puts you in line to win some fantastic prizes! Use the following link to find the walks, activity sheets and surveys, https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/folders/wlcs  Please ensure you have read the latest Government guidelines in advance of participating in our walks https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Project background

The transport studies undertaken for the Stirling Local Development Plan recommended new active travel infrastructure along Dumbarton Road. This is part of a package of measures to relieve city centre traffic congestion.

This recommendation was developed into a proposal for a high-quality cycling and walking route into the city centre. An expanded proposal including a route to the University and a travel behaviour change programme has won funding from the Sustrans Community Links PLUS programme.

In 2017, the Council won additional funding (Final round of Community Links PLUS competition, adjudicated by Transport Scotland), to help develop and deliver an exemplar placemaking and active travel project. The project, called Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling, has been awarded significant funding to take it forward.

The improvements to routes from the city centre to Forth Valley College and Stirling Station to the University of Stirling, will make it easier and safer to travel around on foot and bike. The Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling programme will also reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and create more attractive and dynamic public spaces along routes helping to make the city a better place for people to live, work and visit.

Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling is partly funded by Transport Scotland. Additional funding for the project is to be drawn from the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and contributions from local development.

What does Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling hope to achieve?

  1. A greater number of journeys made on foot, by bike, by scooter or by wheelchair.
  2. The provision of walking and cycling routes which allow everyone to get around independently, including children aged 12 years or older, and people with disabilities.
  3. Create people-focussed places that improve urban and green spaces.
  4. Support local businesses and provide affordable access to employment for local people.
  5. A reduction in the negative impacts of traffic volume and speed in local neighbourhoods.

Download Bike Life 2018 to read more on the benefits this project will bring.

About the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling areas:

The Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is made up of the following improvement areas. These are discussed in more detail below:

  1. The Raploch Street Design Project
  2. The City Centre to Forth Valley College Route
  3. The Stirling Station to University Route

An illustrated overview map of the project is available here.

The Raploch Street Design Project

The first phase of the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is a focussed street design project covering Raploch Road and the link to Forth Valley College Stirling Campus along Drip Road. This project is being led by Sustrans’ specialist Street Design Team who use intensive engagement methods to co-design the public realm and streetscape improvement with the local community.

City centre to Forth Valley College

The city centre to Forth Valley College route will improve the look and feel of the streets on the route from Upper Craigs, along the A811 and the Forth Valley College campus.

The route proposals could include resurfacing and widening pavements and creating safer crossing points, alongside protected cycle lanes. The route will also:

  • Bring residents and visitors to the Forth Valley College and draw people from the city centre to destinations including the Albert Halls, Smith Art Gallery and King’s Knot.
  • Provide a walking and cycling link from the Forth Valley College to the city centre.
  • Improve the look and feel of the city centre and develop increased provision for walking and cycling.
Stirling Station to the University of Stirling

The route between Stirling station and the University of Stirling will improve the look and feel of the route along busy streets including Cowane Street, Causewayhead Road and Airthrey Road.

This route is currently one of the most popular links in the city for people travelling by foot or bike. The project will help to create safer and more attractive streets where walking and cycling is prioritised and provide improved links from residential areas and the city centre to destinations including the University of Stirling and Wallace High school. The project will also:

  • Improve connections from Stirling’s communities living north of the river to the city centre and other key destinations.
  • Improve walking and cycling for visitors between the city centre (including Stirling Castle), Stirling Bridge, the river and the Wallace Monument.
  • Improve the quality of the National Cycle Network (NCN 765) as it passes through the city.

Next steps

The concept design engagement phase for the main active travel routes is now finished. You can see comments and proposals here, WCLS concept design feedback

We have taken all the feedback and comments from the concept design consultation and have used them to develop the detailed design for each of the routes. The next consultation will be around the detailed design, we will post updates here as well as on the Stirling Council's new engagement platform. Engage with WCLS  

If you would like to know any more about the project and/or want to be kept up to date with the WCLS developments please email us at walk-cycle-live@stirling.gov.uk


Last updated: Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:03 PM