On Tuesday night at the Community Council meetings the dangers to pedestrians and cyclists on some of the minor roads around Nairn was discussed. Hopefully the increasing amounts of "rat-run" traffic that causes the danger would disappear once the bypass is built.
But what about the bypass and the opportunity this gives to create new routes for cyclists? The official national cycle route to Inverness takes you up into the Cawdor hills and a 26 mile plus route to Invereness. If we are to get a bypass and dual carriageway to Inverness then that is an opportuinty to create an additional route that would be more practical and encourage more people to cycle all or part of the route to Inverness on a regular basis.
Yesterday there were plenty of suits on hand in the Commmunity and arts centre to meet and greet citizens who wanted to get the latest information on the bypass route and there was certainly no shortage of folk with concerns or otherwise generally interested in the project.
One of the project staff told this observer that no decision had been taken on cycling provision yet but it would be integral to the project. It may mean dedicated cycling lanes beside the bypass or putting cyclists onto the old A96 or even the creation of a new but detached route. Time for local cyclists to pay attention as this project goes forward and cycling provision comes under the microscope? The project team can be contacted at A96Dualling@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk