Cycling Infrastructure Part 2

17 March 2024

Why has the cycling infrastructure across most parts of the UK actually declined over recent years? - Why have local councils not delivered on their promises?... Why are there nowhere near enough cycle lanes across the region to encourage cycling?.. Has too much funding been given each year to charities who have simply failed to deliver?.. Did somebody in Government replace the word cycling with 'walking, wheeling and cycling' in the hope nobody would notice?

Another year has passed since our previous article on the state of the roads in Perthshire (9th February 2023), and while Highland Perthshire still has fantastic scenery, the vast majority of roads and infrastructure serving this part of Scotland, especially in the towns and cities, remains extremely poor!.. so much so that here in Perth the local council has not delivered any of the new cycling lanes they had promised, or improved their cycling infrastructure since way before the Covid pandemic!

Therefore our guided e-bike tours for this season will focus on departures from Pitlochry, as this way we can make use of roads that are more cycle friendly.

All our tours that depart from Perth (to Dundee, Crieff or Loch Leven) will have to be booked in advance by email confirmation. This way we can ensure the correct bike sizes are at the starting point.

More to follow..

We do cycle tours, but sometimes when environmental issues are raised they are worth pursuing.. especially when they have any kind of impact on ecotourism (sustainable transport) or conserving the environment

At HBT we hope to create a long-lasting sustainable tourism attraction, which will help protect the environment, but it would help if local decision makers could actually deliver the basics.. at present the roads and so called 'cycle lanes' in Perth itself are an absolute disgrace!

In 2023 the Scottish Government actually allocated £20 million towards cycling infrastructure, but it appears that Perth Council (PKC) never applied? - Why?

Or does this funding end up getting spent on 'consultancy fees' instead of the infrastructure? - From their website: Developed in partnership with Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, local authorities and following extensive public consultation, the shared actions will remove barriers to cycling across the country and transform our communities into healthier and happier places to live, work in and visit.. but then they are able to use their ‘get out clause not to deliver (again)’, by simply adding the words: supports the 2030 Active Travel Vision… So this way they then get to spin that particular PR stunt till at least 2030!

The previous article about an acceptable cycling infrastructure can be found at:


Photos; taken from a functional infrastructure in a modern European country - Cycling, trams and vehicles sharing the same infrastructure in Holland (main blog page photo), and banner photo: Bicycle parking outside Dutch rail station in Utrecht.

To follow; wheeling ramps or biker stair ramps in Poland, bicycle bridges built in the more wealthier European countries exclusively for cyclists to cross busy motorways or rivers, roads without potholes or crumbling infrastructure..

What our guests say

We had a great time on a private tour. The bikes were excellent and Terry was able to customize the tour to what we wanted. Highly recommend booking this tour.

Morgan Elk

Loved our day with Highland Bike Tours! Equipment was in great shape (helmets, vests, and bikes). I learned and saw things I would not have been able to see by car or if I had biked on my own.


Had a great tour around Perth. Great cycling and learned a lot about the landscape (and also whiskies). Of course, it is also an added bonus that you can do this tour in Dutch. Terry speaks perfect Dutch as a Scot and can also tell a nice story. Recommended!

Pim Bleeker

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How to book your Tour

There are no cash payments at the premises, so all tours must be booked in advance, or paid by debit or credit card (at the shop/hub) prior to the tour. All our tours starting in Pitlochry can now be booked online.

Please note that there are only a maximum of 4 places on any given tour.

It is also worth mentioning that if the ‘private tour’ option has been booked in advance then there are no other places or bikes available on that day. For more info about the ‘private tour’ (from 1 up to a maximum of 3 people for the same fee) please see our Tours section, or simply contact us by email or via the website.

To reserve your place on one of our tours that start in Perth, you can either send us an email to [email protected], or simply complete the Contact Us section. As there are only 4 slots on any of our tours we operate on a first-come first-served basis with all our bookings. Please also include the height of each person - We will then supply you with the correct frame size.

Highland Bike Tours (HBT) make use of Hybrid E-Bikes with a classic Dutch design, so suitable to use while wearing casual clothing. You can view images of these e-bikes on the FAQs page (see above), or on our Instagram link (see below).

Guided E-Bike Tours also in the Dutch language. NL: Samen met een Nederlandssprekende tourgids ervaar je al het moois dat de Schotse Hooglanden te bieden heeft op een unieke manier. Vanaf 2023 zijn er tours die vertrekken vanuit Pitlochry! - Voor meer info zie ook: (our Dutch language website)

Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BL, Perthshire, Scotland

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