Last week Transport Scotland announced that the Spaces for People fund had closed for new applications and that almost all of the £30m fund had been allocated – with another £8m worth of bids still being considered. All in all, 28 out of the 32 local authorities have been awarded some money, with one (Moray) with a bid still under consideration. Only East Dunbartonshire, Orkney and Shetland councils don’t seem to have applied at all, although in Shetland, the local transport partnership (ZetTrans) did make a successful application. TACTRANS, SEPA and three NHS boards have also been awarded funding.
So now it’s over to the councils and other bodies to deliver their plans – and it’s over to us to make sure that there’s no backpedalling.
Not all of these schemes are perfect, and we know that many of you will be disappointed by your council’s plans, but (unless you live in Orkney or East Dunbartonshire) please do everything to support them anyway. Even the most timid have proposals to remove on street parking, reallocate roads space or close roads, something that would have been unthinkable to many of them before this crisis, and some are rolling out segregated cycling infrastructure at a speed and scale – if maybe not the quality – that would have been unimaginable a few months ago.
Remember, ‘The council’ is made up of people, many of whom have been working hard and under difficult circumstances these past few months. They will be under fire from businesses, taxi firms, and the usual loud voices in opposition to any change to the status quo. More people support these changes than oppose them – but as long as they remain the silent majority, that support won’t make itself felt. We need to be at least as vocal in our support as those who will oppose them, or many of these plans will wither on the vine before they’ve had a chance to make a real difference to all those people who discovered the joy of cycling during the lockdown.
Here are a few things you can do to make a difference:
- If there’s a consultation exercise going on, respond to it (we’ve put links to all the live ones we can find below). Use the consultation put in your own suggestions, but also support the council’s plans or (if it’s a Commonplace site) vote up suggestions already made. Share the consultation on social media, especially to like-minded local friends.
- Email your councillors supporting the plans and thanking them for putting in a bid. Let them know what their plans will mean for you, personally, or your family. Stories mean more than statistics when it comes to winning hearts and minds, so give them those stories.
- Give the plans some social media love – post videos and photos celebrating changes that have gone in, and tagging your council. Go onto your council’s own social media and reply to their announcements telling them how happy you are that they’re doing something – you’ll only have to glance at some of the other replies to realise how important a few positive remarks can be.
#spaceforpeople in Porty High St underway – not in shot but more extensive parking removal than we expected. Should be easier for cyclists heading east out of Brighton Terrace. Let us know you get on. Great to see more space for walking/wheeling. pic.twitter.com/yrZHeIyA2q
— Spokes Porty (@SpokesPorty) July 24, 2020
- Praise in public and criticise in private. If you’ve got reservations about some aspects of their plans, send them in by email rather than moaning on social media, and include any positive support you can give as well.
- Monitor your local media for articles slamming the changes and write in or contact them with an opposing view.
- If you can, get out and give some local businesses some custom in any affected areas – they will have had a tough time of it generally and their fears about losing parking spots may well be genuine. If you can mention that you approve of the changes, that’s all to the good.
- If you can do it within current social distancing guidelines, how about organising weekend rides to support lanes (such as these in support of the A56 lane in Trafford
Thanks to the awesome people who came along to show love for the lanes. We had new riders, it was fun & positive. We’re gonna do it again. Spread the love. Let’s share the roads and improve our air. #A56cycling pic.twitter.com/yYrpBtuL9Y
— Ruth Hannan (@HannanRuth) July 25, 2020
- You can sign this petition to show your general support for changes to support cycling and walking, and look out for local petitions in support of changes.
- Add any measures your council put in to this map with your feedback.
We’ve updated and expanded our listing of the awards below, as far as we can from the information readily available online. Where there’s a live consultation exercise going on we’ve included a link to it, along with the closing date if known. If there’s anything we’ve missed let us know.
£1.76m in funding awarded. Plans include pedestrianisation, pavement widening, temporary bike lanes and one-way walking. Individual webpages given for Union St, Torry, Rosemount (includes a new one-way system and a contraflow bike lane), George Street, Hazlehead (mandatory bike lanes) and the beach area. Most of the detailed plans have been consulted on already but there is an overall consultation via an online survey and there is also a Commonplace site.
£310k awarded. Changes should have been made (the work was due to be finished at the end of June) in Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead and Stonehaven with an emphasis on removing parking or converting streets to one way to allow for more space for pedestrians, along with extended 20mph limits. Details here.
£160k awarded, with a further bid of almost £630k being considered. The first tranche of money covered studies and temporary 20mph limits in all seven Burgh towns in Angus as well as Edzell, Friockheim and Liff. The rest will extend the 20mph limits to more villages and implement “physical intervention measures in all Burgh towns, which will include barriers and signage to promote physical distancing within the new areas where temporary 20mph speed restrictions are operating and in each school cluster across Angus.” Details here.
Argyll and Bute
£315k awarded, with a further bid of £600k under consideration. There were separate consultations for Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay and Tobermory, but closing on the 26th July. Each consultation contains the details proposed for each area. Plans include a segregated cycleway along the Esplanade in Campbeltown, a temporary one-way system in Helensburgh to free up a running lane(!) and widened footways, one-way pedestrian systems and traffic management in other areas. There will also be cycle repair stations, which are expected to remain in the longer term. Details here.
£1.2m awarded. A consultation exercise looking for suggestions for temporary schemes closed on the 7th July. No further details available.
Awarded £367k (according to the Transport Scotland press release, although the council website says they have been awarded £550k with a further £175k coming from the council itself. Measures include street closures in Alloa town centre, enhancements to footways along the A91 and B908, 40mph speed limits on some rural roads (B908, B913, A907) and 20mph limits within towns. They’re also constructing two new paths from Glenochil and Sauchie to Lornshill Academy.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar / Western Isles
£129k awarded. Could not find any details online
Dumfries and Galloway
£595k awarded. A Commonplace map has been launched for suggestions.
£460k awarded with a further bid for £2m under consideration. Bid covered 20mph zones, closure of Union Street, traffic filters in areas of high cycling and pedestrian activity e.g. Douglas Terrace, Broughty Ferry Esplanade and Magdalen Green. The second bid would cover pop-up cycle lanes on commuter routes and upgrading the green circular. Details here.
£555k awarded. Working together with South Ayrshire and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance. Commonplace site for consultation which also includes information about other proposals such as improving the current advisory cycle lanes in Kilmarnock They’re also considering measures around schools, such as school streets.
Did not put in a bid.
Awarded £1.4m. Temporary measures will be introduced in: Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, Prestonpans, Dunbar and North Berwick, details here. In rural locations additional cycle racks will be installed at countryside sites including coastal car parks and new 20mph speed limits will be introduced in all towns. Although some plans have suffered pushback from traders and are being put on hold in North Berwick and Haddington. Work has started on a temporary pop-up cycle route between Prestonpans and Cockenzie.
£1.03m awarded. Taking a phased approach, with details here. Phase 1 is mainly parking restrictions and pavement widening and a popup cycle lane along Fenwick Road. Phase 2 includes strategic cycle corridors with light segregation alongside main roads, road closures and road space reallocation. Phase 3 includes looking at the Commonplace responses (closes at the end of July) to develop a wider active travel network, low traffic neighbourhoods and school zones, measures to help town centres recover. Phase 4 will look at permanent reallocation of road space and a refreshed local transport strategy.
£5m awarded. Measures already in place include temporary segregated cycle lanes from Forrest Road to the Mound, Crewe Road South and Old Dalkeith Road and road closures including Waverley Bridge, Silverknowes Road, Braid Road, Warriston Road and more. Many pedestrian crossings now have an automatic green man without pressing the button. Plans to come include bus gates in some city centre locations, widening pavements in shopping areas in Corstorphine, Dalry, Portobello, Morningside, Queensferry High street and more. Segregated cycle lanes are planned for Comiston Rd, Dundee St, Ferry Rd, Meadow Place Rd and Wester Hailes Road. There are also plans for a low traffic neighbourhood in East Craigs.
£190k awarded. No further information apparent on the council website.
£2.42m awarded. According to the announcement on the 7th July the proposals are still being developed and will be shared more widely before being put in place. Proposals include extra pedestrian space, widened footpaths for access to public transport, pop-up cycle tracks and routes, speed reduction measures, behaviour change promotion to promote walking and cycling, adjustments to traffic signals, traffic priority and filtering systems. Short term travel infrastructure to be implemented by the end of July. Since then there has been a public meeting in St Andrews but there’s no other information available about plans.
£3.5m awarded with a further £3.6m bid under consideration. Council web site on the project here. There are three work streams: the city centre has closed off roads around George Square, made space around Central Station with one-way streets and cycle contraflows and put in bus gates. The neighbourhood space scheme is mostly pavement widening to give space to those walking and wheeling in neighbourhood shopping streets (for instance in Easterhouses). The active travel routes workplan covers Broomielaw, London Road (2 phases), Great Western Road, Drumbreck Road, Gorbals Street and Cumbernauld Road. There are also plans for Langdale Street, Sauchiehall Street and Hawthorn Street. There’s a nice little video tour of what was in place as of 21st July here:
£1.9m awarded. Most of the cycling measures are in Inverness, including temporary cycle tracks using water-filled barriers, a new one-way system to make space for footpath widening and cycle lanes, temporary traffic lights and removal of barriers. Elsewhere there is a 20mph zone in Dingwall, and plans for wider pavements and parking suspensions in Aviemore, Fort William, Portree, Nairn and Wick. Very detailed consultation here. There has been some tweaking of the Inverness one way scheme following assessment once it went in.
£285k awarded, with a further bid for £300k currently being evaluated. The emphaisis seems to be on widening pavements and making it easier for businesses to use outside spaces – more details here.There is a Commonplace site for suggestions.
£157k awarded, with an additional bid for £33.5k being evaluated. The proposals approved for funding include: cutting back vegetation on footpaths, making more space for pedestrians in Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Gorebridge and Loanhead town centres, improving a walking and cycling path in Dalkeith and one to Beeslack High School in Penicuik, and signs designating a ‘rural cycle route’ from Pathhead to Dalkeith. Other suggestions from the consultation have been added to the second bid and include road closures, path improvements and signage.
£100k awarded, with a further bid of £300k under consideration. Plans include footway widening in Ardrossan and Dalry, and road reallocated to form a cycle lane in Irvine. There is also a Commonplace site for further suggestions.
Just over £1m awarded. No information on the council’s website, but measures include filtering roads in Motherwell, and pavement widening in Airdrie, Kilsyth and Wishaw. No announcements of further details or consultations.
Perth and Kinross
£1.1m awarded. Measures include route signage and road markings, selective road closures, reallocating space to widen footways and create cycle tracks, temporary toucan crossings, reallocating parking, reducing speed limits, adding cycle parking and removing barriers and pinch points. 41 new 20mph zones will be introduced soon.
£545k awarded. Plans have been announced for nine cycleways radiating around Paisley – Twitter user MurphyGlasgow has made a helpful map of them:
Made a map of the new cycling routes being brought in by Renfrewshire Council.
This is only the 7 or so radiating from Paisley centre (others listed in link). Some sections are paint, some wand separated, but this is quite the basis of a future network! https://t.co/UkiagF0idG pic.twitter.com/0OWBA3xxGZ
— Murphy (@MurphyGlasgow) July 21, 2020
No award, but ZetTrans (see below) have been awarded £200k.
£510k awarded. A Commonplace site for suggestions will be coming soon
Awarded £1.2m for four projects. Plans include £50k on easing congestion at certain points along existing routes, £300k invested on initially temporary cycle segregation on roads into East Kilbride, £750k around schools including car-free school zones and £100k for town centre measures.
£513k awarded. Plans include the closure of Murray Place and King Street in Stirling and parking restrictions in Stirling and Bridge of Allan (although planned parking restrictions in Bridge of Allen have been removed. Further changes are planned for Dunblane High Street, Aberfoyle and Callander.
£641k awarded. Work started on the 3rd of July on retiming traffic lights to include a permanent pedestrian phase. Other measures include 20mph limits in all towns and villages, footway widening and parking suspensions in Linlithgow, East, West and Mid Calder, Kirknewton and Armadale, walking and cycling friendly rural roads (40mph limits), temporary advisory cycle lanes in Broxburn, Linlithgow, Livingson and Blackridge, and clearance works to widen footpaths and cycle tracks.
£817k awarded. Nothing on website. Aberdeen’s plans appear to have been a joint project with NHS Grampian, Aberdeen council and NESTRANS
£210 awarded. No information on website.
£90k awarded. No information on website.
120k awarded. Not much information on their website although a consultation was held about planned changes in Levenmouth – 3rd-13th July.
£250k awarded but no details on their website. According to this tweet, it is to evaluate the work done by its constituent councils, Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling.
£200k awarded. Nothing on website, but according to local media, plans include creating a low traffic neighbourhood in Lerwick, and covered and heated outdoor seating areas for cafes, as well as improving walking an cycling in Voe and access to primary schools ‘considered a priority’.