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Who are we?
We are a sensible, realistic, positive campaigning voice for Inverness active travel (walking, cycling, non motorised and public transport).

What do we want?
We want Inverness to be a better and safer place to walk, cycle, roll or stroll, regardless of age, income or ability.

Why OYSI (Own Your Street Inverness)?

We want a city shaped around human beings and our community. It is about all of us, together, making our city nicer, healthier and greener place to live.

What will OYSI do?

  • Campaign for better infrastructure for walking, cycling and all ability access.
  • Organise events that bring the community together.
  • Inform  about upcoming events / meetings / consultations.
  • Collaborate with other like minded groups.

Want to get involved?

We are just starting out and we need your support. You might not realise that you have a skill we might value… So get in touch!

Email info@ownyourstreetinverness.org

Upcoming campaigns…

Keen to see 20mph restrictions in urban areas? Now is the time to make your voice heard!

The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill will be considered soon.

Pedal on Parliament give an excellent overview here.

20 MPH Bill – act now to speed the journey to safer streets

Here are the relevant documents:  

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/109191.aspx

 

What can you do?

National survey There is an online survey you can complete.  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/20mphBill/

Local action Three of the MSPs on the committee that has oversight (the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee) are local MSPs. Why not write to them or email them as well.

Edward.Mountain.msp@parliament.scot (Convener) – Highlands & Islands (Conservative)

Gail.Ross.msp@parliament.scot (Deputy Convener) – Caithness, Sutherland & Ross (SNP)

John.Finnie.msp@parliament.scot (Member) – Highlands & Islands (Green)

 

Academy Street public consultation

Accessing Inverness project – Public Consultation

OYSI is really pleased to see some great plans for Academy Street and the surrounding area which are currently under consultation (this project is called Accessing Inverness). Read more about the plans here.

The city centre really needs this project  – Academy Street is not exactly an easy or pleasant place to walk down at the moment, with narrow pavements, a lot of traffic, and not particularly safe on a bike.

The plans are a good compromise and bring a breath of fresh air with some nice green touches. There are some concerns about how the crossings will be safe for visually impaired pedestrians which still need to be addressed.

OYSI suspects this will massively boost businesses along Academy Street, as there is good evidence from other cities that similar changes increase footfall: https://cyclingfallacies.com/en/3/shopkeepers-rely-on-people-driving.

Read more about the plans here.

This is your chance to have your say: you can respond to the proposals by clicking on the following link before February 2nd:

https://highland-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/dp/accessinginverness/accessinginverness

 

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Pedal on Parliament 2019… get your thinking caps on

Year on year, Pedal on Parliament has grown as an event across Scotland. We are looking for anyone who might want to get involved in the 2019 edition in Inverness… Email us at info@ownyourstreetinverness.org. And watch this space for more info… Don’t forget in the meantime that there is the Accessing Inverness public consultation underway …

2018 – Jenny’s world record, Lee’s appointment and OYSI finding its voice

Before we get on to 2019 proper, let’s just finish 2018 by celebrating two great Inverness inspirations. Jenny Graham:  fastest unsupported cycle around the world, utter legend, all the more so for her self effacing nature, her seemingly permanent good cheer, and her complete can-do attitude. If she doesn’t create a generation of Inverness cyclists, …

Contact

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@ownyourstreetinverness.org.