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Spaces for People

Temporary measures to provide additional space for physical distancing in public places for people to walk, wheel or cycle while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, are being introduced across the city.

You can find full programme details here and an overview of the measures introduced to date here.

Suppressing the Spread of COVID-19

Short-term travel infrastructure is being implemented in our city centre, city neighbourhoods and active travel routes, and is forming a key part of the city's strategy for economic recovery.

Spaces for People is seeing footways widened at pinch points to facilitate safer pedestrian movement and easier access to shops, businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. Temporary strategic cycling routes that present active travel as an attractive, viable commuting choice are also being implemented.

Creating Extra Space

Glasgow has been at the forefront of the push for temporary footways and cycle lanes.

At the height of lockdown restrictions, one of our earliest Spaces for People projects saw Kelvin Way closed to vehicle traffic to allow greater space for people undertaking daily exercise in and around Kelvingrove Park.

Kelvin Way 1

In addition, the new Clydeside pop-up cycle lane which was created on 16 May 2020, provides dedicated space for cyclists travelling west, and runs for 1.5miles between Saltmarket and the Clyde Arc.

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See full details of all implemented and planned initiatives, at our Spaces for People programme page.

Safe Access to Shops and Businesses

Additional public space for physical distancing is also considered to be a key component in the economic recovery of the city. Wider footways will help to enable safer access to shops and business premises.

Future Plans Across the City

Areas with high pedestrian footfall are under consideration for the introduction of short-term measures.

See full details under our Spaces for People programme page.

Longer term, and once restrictions begin to ease, it is anticipated that walking and cycling will continue to be considered a safe and convenient mode of transport that benefits health and air quality.

Suggestions for Spaces for People

In collaboration with Sustrans Scotland, 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.

The platform closed on 10 July 2020 after being open for suggestions for several weeks. 

Over 16,000 contributions were received and these will be used to inform future Spaces for People plans as COVID-19 restrictions ease, with temporary interventions prioritised that offer the greatest benefit to public health, balances the needs of all users, and can be delivered in a short timeframe. Updates will follow as soon as possible.

British Sign Language (BSL) video

Sustrans Funding Programme

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.

The council initially bid for, and was awarded, £3.5m to support the introduction of temporary physical distancing measures across the city.

In August, our further funding bid of £4m was successful and will be used to expand, enhance and maintain initiatives that support physical distancing in public places.  This latest development takes the total amount awarded to the council for Spaces for People initiatives to £7.5m.

As of 21 August 2020, the funding scheme is now closed with over £38m allocated to local authorities for pop-up walking and cycling infrastructure through the Spaces for People initiative.

Sustrans Active Travel 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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