We're committed to making Fife a safer place to travel and exercise.
Through the Spaces for People programme, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans has awarded Fife Council £2.42 million in funding, to install temporary measures to help make it safer for people to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise. It primarily aims to help people to adhere to ‘physical distancing’ guidelines during the Covid-19 restrictions and the transition out of lock-down.
We want people to have an awareness of the space around them. As well as temporary physical interventions, such as barriers and cordoned off areas, we want to encourage people to change their behaviour, if needed, to make roads safer for active and sustainable travel. There's also a very high numbers of cyclists and walkers sharing paths, so responsible behaviour is encouraged. ‘Pass with Care’ is the key message, making sure that plenty of space is available.
During the last few months, more people are cycling in Fife than ever before. We encourage people to support local traders and safely access services in town centres whilst still maintaining physical distancing.
The changes being introduced will enable us all to move around freely and safely, but also in a sustainable way. We want to help you look after your physical and mental health while still being safe in our public spaces.
Typical temporary measures that we hope to introduce throughout Fife, over the coming months, include:
- Wider areas for pedestrians
- Physical distancing markings where necessary
- Pop-up cycle lanes
- Traffic calming
- Temporary 20mph speed limits
- Filtering traffic or one-way systems
- Road closures, possibly time limited to allow servicing of shops
- Maximising access path widths
- Surface integrity on new cycling/walking corridors
- Automatic pedestrian sensors at signals, to limit contact by having to press buttons
- Priority systems using signing for short lengths, or temporary signals for longer lengths of road
- Temporary contra-flow cycle lanes
- Soft measures: such as information campaigns on relevant issues such as the likelihood of pedestrians stepping onto the carriageway; vehicles passing to close to cyclists; pedestrians and cyclists sharing the same space, but in much greater numbers than was previously experienced
- Extra crossings for pedestrians, or greater width on traffic islands to give the public greater space to stand when crossing traffic lanes
Not all the measures listed above will be suitable for every area, so we will work with businesses and communities to find the best solution on an individual basis. As well as these changes, there will be an increase in signs and notices to remind you of the need for physical distancing on our streets and open spaces
What's going on in my town?
Our programme of works will be ongoing, as each project is approved. Please see below for the improvements planned in these areas: