Suggestions wanted for temporary schemes to help Borderers walk and cycle more for essential journeys

ideas, feedback, survey

Published: Thursday, 18th June 2020

We are seeking the input of Borderers to identify potential schemes to put temporary infrastructure in place during the COVID-19 pandemic following the development of a new national fund.

Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk or cycle for essential trips and exercise during COVID-19.

The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.

It aims to enable local authorities to implement measures focused on protecting public health, supporting physical distancing and preventing a second wave of the outbreak.

Projects should focus on essential journeys including:

  • Active travel projects to and from schools
  • To and from hospitals and health services
  • To shops and pharmacies
  • For recommended exercise, for example, neighbourhoods and local parks.
  • Projects should be delivered quickly and provide a visible improvement that has an immediate benefit.

We are keen to hear of any suggestions the public have to extending pavements, creating cycle lanes or closing streets on a temporary basis.

It is important to bear in mind that such schemes may see a loss of parking, loading bays and taxi ranks, depending on the location, and temporary road closures would have to apply to all vehicles, including residents, delivery vehicles and blue badge holders.

Give us your suggestions

Suggestions should be specific to locations, although we are considering potential region-wide measures.

Suggestions can be provided up until Wednesday 8 July via our Citizen Space.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“This £30million fund provides local authorities the opportunity to put in place temporary schemes quickly to help people walk or cycle more, and safely, for essential journeys and exercise during the ongoing pandemic.

“Whilst our own teams are exploring potential schemes, we would like to hear from any Borderers who think there are opportunities within their community.”