Fife Council has been awarded £2.42M by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland to provide additional space for ‘physical distancing’ measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The application from Fife Council includes measures for St Andrews and was informed by a proposal from the Confederation of St Andrews Residents’ Associations (CSARA) and another from St Andrews Space for Cycling (SASC), as previously reported by QV. (See table below for details of measures included in Fife Council’s successful bid for funding).
The new Spaces for People fund, which was set up by the Scottish Government on 28 April 2020, aims to help Councils and other statutory bodies to implement measures that are focused on protecting public health and supporting physical distancing.
Throughout Fife, many communities will benefit from the new temporary infrastructure which will enable physical distancing in public places for people to walk, wheel or cycle. The measures will help active travel trips to schools, workplaces, shopping, health provision and for exercise.
Fife’s successful bid includes provision for measures such as extra pedestrian space, pop-up cycle tracks, speed reduction measures, behaviour change promotion, adjustments to traffic signals, traffic priority and filtering systems.
Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, Cllr Altany Craik commented: “We’re very pleased to have received this funding award which was made in consultation with our seven Area Conveners to ensure that local priorities and needs were included. The funding will help provide measures which are focused on protecting public health and supporting physical distancing which will allow communities to function more easily as we ease out of lockdown.
Karen McGregor, Director of Sustrans Scotland, said: “It’s clear that people across Scotland want to do the right thing during the Coronavirus pandemic. They want to look after their physical and mental health.
“They want to make sure that they are keeping to physical distancing guidelines while still being safe on our streets.
“Providing funding support to Fife Council through our Spaces for People programme will make it easier and safer for people to travel around Fife for essential travel and exercise as we transition out of lockdown.”
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