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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 and as we transition out of the pandemic.

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:

SFP: George Square Refresh 1

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.

Can I Suggest a Location for Spaces for People?

The Spaces for People programme has now delivered all measures as part of it's planned programme. There is therefore no scope for further suggestions for new measures to be made.

In Summer 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.

Can the Measures Be Made Permanent?

An online Spaces for People survey closed on 20 June 2021 after six weeks. The survey sought views on the infrastructure delivered and whether any should be retained permanently. Over 3,700 responses were received.

We consulted because Spaces for People projects have the potential to help deliver other outcomes unrelated to the pandemic such as:

  • encouraging more people to switch to more sustainable ways of travelling such as walking, wheeling or cycling
  • supporting businesses by providing more space for people
  • improving air quality and reducing carbon dioxide emissions
  • improving road safety
  • improving health

Survey responses help to better understand public opinion on Spaces for People projects, and to gauge which measures people wish to see retained or removed.  Feedback from survey respondents on which measures have worked well, and which perhaps less so, will also be taken on board by the council to help shape future active travel infrastructure planning.

All survey responses received have fed into a monitoring and review process agreed with Sustrans Scotland. This included the appointment of an independent consultant to consider the infrastructure delivered and make recommendations on which should be kept permanently. The consultant's report is now complete and will be considered at City Administration Committee on 16 September 2021. You can find more details about the report here


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.

British Sign Language (BSL) video


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