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Spaces for People - FAQs

Here you can find the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about Spaces for People.

For an overview of the programme and access to useful links, see our Spaces for People homepage.

What is Spaces for People?

Spaces for People is a series of temporary travel infrastructure measures in our city centre, neighbourhoods and active travel routes that support physical distancing across the city during COVID-19.

Measures delivered to provide additional space for walking and wheeling include footway widening, automation of traffic lights to reduce waiting time at pedestrian crossing points and bus boarders built out into the road at busier bus stops.

Infrastructure to encourage cycling for everyday journeys and which help ease demand on public transport, includes the creation of pop-up segregated cycle lanes across the city.

Cumbernauld Rd complete cycle lane 5

Why is Spaces for People Needed?

By helping to facilitate safer access to community facilities and public transport hubs, these short-term measures support the ability to physically distance during COVID-19.

Spaces for People also supports business operation and recovery in the city centre and at local hubs by helping to ensure there is sufficient space on footways for businesses and their customers as lockdown restrictions ease.

How is it Funded?

Transport Scotland's Spaces for People programme, administered by Sustrans Scotland, offered 100% funding to put in place temporary measures to enable physical distancing while walking, wheeling and cycling. When the programme is complete, we will have used c.£5.9m of grant funding to implement and maintain measures - and as restrictions ease, to either make permanent (following consultation) or remove them.  

What Measures are in Place?

The first measures included the closure of Kelvin Way to vehicles and the creation of a westbound cycle lane on the Clydeside which runs from Saltmarket to the Clyde Arc.

Since then, many other projects across our city centre and neighbourhoods have delivered extra space for distancing, all of which are noted in our What We Have Done So Far webpage.

Work currently underway/planned for Spring 2021 will include:

  • Easier access to parks and open spaces (to include vegetation clearance)
  • Expansion of pop-up cycle lanes
  • Improving the look and feel of temporary measures
  • Expansion of no-touch pedestrian crossings

See full details here.

What Do Measures Look Like?

Footway Widening in George Square and on Montrose St:

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Montrose St complete

A Pop-Up Cycle Lane on Cumbernauld Rd:

Cumbernauld Rd complete cycle lane 3

Footway Widening at local shops in Easterhouse:

Easterhouse 1

Use of Shared Space on Kelvin Way:

Kelvin Way complete 2

What About On-Street Parking/Loading?

To provide additional protected space for walking and wheeling during COVID-19, some projects have removed on-street parking availability, however there has been no reduction in disabled bay parking provision.

Where Spaces for People measures are in place, we expect to designate specific areas for loading/unloading. 

Can I Suggest a Location for Spaces for People?

In collaboration with Sustrans Scotland (July 2020) we made available a Commonplace Mapping Tool which enabled users to highlight 'pinch points' across the city centre and neighbourhoods, where emergency temporary measures such as pavement widening and new cycle lanes could be introduced to help people maintain physical distancing and suppress a resurgence of the virus.

Over 16,000 contributions were received and these were used to inform future Spaces for People plans, with temporary interventions prioritised that offered the greatest benefit to public health, balanced the needs of all users, and could be delivered in a short timeframe.

Examples of projects that were taken forward (in whole or in part) due to suggestions made on Commonplace include the segregated cycle lanes on Clarence Drive, additional cycle parking in the city centre and the addition of a segregated cycle lane within Kelvin Way which has been closed to vehicular traffic since May 2020.

What About Consultation?

Spaces for People measures are being implemented so that everyone can walk, wheel and cycle around their local area safely whilst keeping to physical distancing requirements.

To manage how our roads are used, the council ordinarily use Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) - a lengthy process that requires public consultation. The Scottish Government has however identified COVID-19 as a danger to the public and as such is one of those circumstances where local authorities can use temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) to introduce temporary measures.

TTROs require no prior consultation and are relatively flexible so there is the potential for the council to assess and put in place temporary measures relatively quickly and responsively.

Can the Measures Be Made Permanent?

As we emerge from the pandemic, we will look to maintain temporary Spaces for People measures during their transition to permanence or prior to their removal. This follows on from a commitment made by the council last June that all SFP measures will be evaluated with the view of making them permanent, following consultation and before any relevant Temporary Traffic Regulation Order(s) expire. To this end, the council will work with Sustrans to agree a monitoring and review process and thereafter to appoint an independent consultant to carry out a review of the infrastructure delivered and make recommendations on which measures should be made permanent.

It is proposed that this review would take place from April/May 2021 onwards and a report presented to Committee for decision thereafter.

The adjustment or removal of Spaces for People measures following their initial implementation does not preclude them from any future evaluation/consultation regarding permenancy as outlined above.

Accessibility

Efforts have been made to ensure the needs of disabled people are fully considered in the planning and delivery of Spaces for People measures and the project team has endeavoured to ensure that these reflect the considerations identified in the briefing paper issued by the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) as well as taking existing guidance into account in their design.

Sustrans Guidance - Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind

Sustrans has teamed up with Transport Scotland, Public Health Scotland, the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and various active travel organisations in Scotland, to provide a summary of things to consider when walking, cycling and wheeling during Covid-19:

  • Be safe - Look after yourself and those in your care

  • Be smart - Stay in your local area and plan ahead

  • Be kind - Look out for others, particularly more vulnerable groups

Find out more here.

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