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Work begins to create cycle paths on deadly Aberdeen road

£900,000 will be spend to creat 3m wide paths on road that claimed life of young father in 2014

Work will begin to make cycling safer on some of Aberdeen’s busiest roads in just a week’s time.

The £900,000 work will begin on February 22, with cyclist and pedestrian paths three metres wide to be build along the A90 in Bridge of Don - a road which claimed the life of a young father in 2014.

The new infrastructure will link roundabout at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Ellon Road and Balgownie Road.

There will also be upgrades to other paths at Ellon Road and Whitestripes Avenue.

Work will take around four months to complete, with some road closures that should not last more than a day at a time.

Councillor Ross Grant, transport and regeneration spokesman for the council, was delighted with the plans.

He said “This is fantastic that work is starting on a new shared cycling and walking path.”

He added: “Aberdeen City Council is committed to making the city a safer and better place for cyclists of all ages.

“I’m sure the new paths will make a difference not only for residents living in the Bridge of Don area, but also for people all over Aberdeen wanting to cycle through the north of the city.”

We reported in 2014 how a male cyclist was killed at 3.45pm on a Sunday afternoon when he was involved in a collision with a BMW 330 car on the A90 in Aberdeen.

Neil Jaffrey, 32, who was also known as Eddie, was survived by his wife Dawn, daughter Jessica, 2, and seven-week-old twins Faye and Isla.

Last year, we reported how an area of Aberdeen City Centre, encompassing Schoolhill, Belmont Street and Little Belmont Street, was closed to traffic and devoted instead to a large free public event on the themes of sustainable mobility and 'taking back the streets'. There was also a Pedal for Scotland mass cycling event.

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baroncols | 8 years ago

Sadly Aberdeen City Council's commitment (irony I assume) to cyclist safety does not seem to stretch to improving the Anderson Drive section of A90 where the accident  actually happened -despite heavier use by cyclists.  Their record on infrastructure design and maintenance (not to mention gritting) is not good so we may ultimately be disappointed anyway.

Cyclic | 8 years ago

At least a start has been made.  As above, all infrastructure in Aberdeen and the shire is sadly lacking, I hope this isn't too little too late for a city which is now in meltdown. The area has to diversify and quickly; black gold can't be relied upon to prop the area up.

SpiritualOne | 8 years ago

There has been the usual resistance and outcry that its a waste of money.

Aberdeen needs a lot more improvements but like most things in Scotland, money is thrown at the Central Belt.  Aberdeen's infrastructure has badly been neglected for years. 

Whilst the council will make these improvements, they do nothing to grit them in the winter making them dangerous. 


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