Aberdeen to Westhill cycle path
The existing facility from Westhill to Kingswells is located on the side of the A944. The Council has gradually been upgrading sections of the route as funds become available. The project has been split into 5 phases. Both recreational and commuter cyclists can now cycle from Kingswells to Hazlehead Park completely off-road.
In order to fully use the River Dee as a formal walking and cycling route the Council has been investigating the possibility of a high quality path linking Victoria Bridge in Torry to the Robert Gordon University Campus in Garthdee. This will provide a traffic free path linking the National Cycle Network with Duthie Park, the Deeside Railway Line, Garthdee retail park and the University. The first section from Queen Elizabeth Bridge to the Bridge of Dee is already complete.
Bridge of Don to Dyce
As part of the redevelopment of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 (North) through Aberdeen a feasibility study was commissioned to look at possible options. The preferred solution is a new off-road riverside cycle route linking the Formartine and Buchan Way in Dyce to Old Aberdeen via new paths and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River. This will then provide:
- A safe commuter route for cyclists.
- A local recreational route with points of access to the countryside and links between the communities of Dyce, Bucksburn, Danestone, Bridge of Don, Tillydrone and Seaton.
- A tourist route for visitors to the area.
- A DDA compliant route that is accessible for all.
Two sections of the route have now been installed between Tillydrone and Danestone, and the Formartine and Buchan Way and Stoneywood Mills. Additional phases of the 16km route will come forward as funding allows.
As part of the Locking in the Benefits Study for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), Anderson Drive was identified as one of three priority corridors from which major traffic reduction benefits could be expected. The Council has therefore been investigating the potential for establishing a cycle route along the length of Anderson Drive.
Kingswells to Bucksburn path
The Neighbourhood Community Action Plans for both Kingswells and Bucksburn, developed following extensive public consultation, identified a need for better walking and particularly, cycling links between the two communities. Two route corridors emerged from the initial ten as the preferred options and these were taken forward for wider public consultation. Upgrades to the path of the preferred option are now taking place and improvements will continue as funding allows.
A number of requests have come from cyclists over the past few years for improving the route from the city centre to the Bridge of Don along King Street. On-road cycle lanes have now been installed along much of the length of King Street where road width allows. The path is now complete to the Ellon Road at Murcar.