Now in its second year, Community Links PLUS seeks big, bold and innovative projects which will restore the balance of Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking and cycling. Previous successful entries have demonstrated an integrated approach to place-making, integrating community engagement, urban design, and promotion of walking and cycling to generate projects on a scale not yet seen in Scotland.
The aim of Community Links PLUS is to create inspirational examples of high-quality infrastructure, and more widely to encourage:
- the delivery of more ambitious cycling and walking infrastructure across Scotland;
- an increase in the number of aspirational projects being submitted to Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links grant programme;
- greater understanding of what high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure looks and feels like amongst families, communities, and decision makers; and
- a demonstration of the wider benefits that cycling and walking brings, including positive impacts on health and wellbeing, the quality of the environment and public realm, strengthened local economies and increased road safety.
Community Links PLUS is a three-stage design competition. Stage One for initial Expressions of Interest concludes on December 2nd. Up to ten of the most promising entries will be invited to proceed to Stage Two and will receive a grant of up to £10,000 to develop their proposals further. A shortlist of up to five of the highest quality bids will be invited to proceed to Stage Three, and will receive a grant of up to £50,000 to finalise their detailed proposals and make presentations to a cross-sector expert panel. The result will be announced in the summer of 2017, with the winning project(s) being delivered from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
Those interested in Community Links PLUS 2016-17 can find out more here http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/what-we-do/communities/community-links-plus-design-competition
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon, December 2 2016.