Active travel planning and projects

West Lothian Council has developed an Active Travel Plan for West Lothian, and continues to deliver a number of infrastructure projects to support everyday walking and cycling journeys.

What is Active Travel?

Active travel is primarily defined as making journeys by walking, cycling and scooting. It can also include horse-riding (and even running and non-motorised water-based transport.) It is an approach to travel and transport that focuses on physical activity as opposed to motorised means.

"Making Active Connections" - West Lothian's Active Travel Plan

West Lothian Council has developed an Active Travel Plan for West Lothian, 2016-21. As the title "Making Active Connections" suggests, this is a plan to link people to places by active travel. It is not just about physical connections however - it is also a framework for mainstreaming active travel in West Lothian, and creating a culture where active travel becomes the norm for suitable everyday trips. To achieve this, it is crucial that West Lothian Council works successfully with external partners and with local communities, and "joins up" policies and projects delivered by different Services and teams across the Council.

The Active Travel Plan is available here - Icon for pdf West Lothian Active Travel Plan 2016-21 "Making Active Connections" [2.53MB]. A handy summary guide is also available to share within your communities, workplaces and schools - Icon for pdf Summary West Lothian Active Travel Plan 2016-21 [1.43MB]

Active travel infrastructure projects

  • Armadale to Whitburn Cycleway along with the construction of a footway on Whitburn Road linking to Inchcross Industrial Estate. New cycle path improvement
  • Cyclepath links between Polkemmet Road and Whitdale Roundabout along the B7066, Whitdale Roundabout to Boghead Roundabout along the A706, and Wester Inch to Whitehill Industrial Estate.

There are also a number of projects being developed for delivery in the future:

  • A706/B7066 - Whitdale Roundabout - Cyclepath Connections
  • Edinburgh Road, Bathgate - Segregated Cycleway
  • Bents and Fauldhouse - Cyclepath
  • Whitburn Town Walk Improvements - Cyclepath Improvements Phase 2

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