An Active Travel Strategy for the Outer Hebrides


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), with support from the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme, worked together with the regional transport partnership, HITRANS and were assisted by Ove Arup & Partners to prepare an Active Travel Strategy Framework document.

The next stage of this project is to carry out community consultations with all Outer Hebrides Community Councils, using this document as a basis of discussion to ensure that the final strategy is robust and fully informed of each area’s needs, desires and aspirations regards Active Travel.

Why We Are Consulting

Active Travel can help improve where you live in your community, and places residents and tourists go such as centres of employment, shopping and leisure, including beaches, museums and the countryside. If you are an owner or operator of a business, projects may help you to promote walking and cycling to visitors and staff.

The intended outcome of this project is to further develop and refine the framework consultation document’s aim, objectives and outcomes by each community’s needs, desires and aspirations regards Active Travel.

Day to day maintenance of streets will still be dealt with outside of this strategy, though actions within this strategy may help inform priorities.

What Happens Next

Each Community Council will contacted to request an opportunity to meet with the committee to share the aims and objectives of the plan and ascertain their priorities in relation to the following questions:

  • Other than the weather, what prevents people in your area from walking or cycling for short,  everyday journeys?
  • As a community group are you currently working on, or aware of, any local schemes to improve footpaths, cycleway, walking or cycling incentives, seating , shelters etc?
  • In regards to active travel and as a community, do you have a vision for what you would like to see happen in your locality?

 Exact times and locations of these meetings will be arranged with each community council.

Equalities Monitoring

Please complete our Equalities Monitoring Form:

Equalities Monitoring Form

This is used by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to provide essential statistical information about who participates in our consultations.

The data is managed confidentially, is not personally attributable, and is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.