Local councillors have rubber-stamped masterplans that could see walking and cycling overtake driving in Caithness town centres.
Updated proposals for active travel schemes in Wick and Thurso were approved at Highland Council’s Caithness committee meeting on Friday.
The long-term plans could see 16km of high-quality segregated cycle and walking routes developed, as well up to five low-traffic neighbourhoods.
Two mobility hubs, offering secure cycle parking, an electric bike hire scheme and information on active travel including local routes, are also planned for the riverside car park in Wick and the train station in Thurso.
Committee chairwoman Nicola Sinclair said that while the plans were ‘aspirational’, some elements of the schemes should be able to go ahead relatively quickly.
“We expect funding to be made available soon, and councillors will work closely with officers and local groups…