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.
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.
We are also expanding the number of School Car Free Zones. These zones are designed to prohibit cars and other vehicles from driving up to school gates between 8.30am and 9.15am and then 2.30pm and 3.15pm each weekday, during term time; leaving extra space for walking, wheeling and cycling.
Glasgow has been at the forefront of the push for temporary footways and cycle lanes.
At the height of lockdown restrictions in April 2020, 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. Plans were revised in September 2020 to enable vehicle access to the re-opened Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This included a more structured use of the space to include a bi-directional cycle lane and decorative planters.
In May 2020 we also created a pop-up cycle lane on the Broomielaw to provide dedicated space for cyclists travelling west - this stretch runs for 1.5miles between Saltmarket and the Clyde Arc.
See full details of all implemented and planned initiatives, at our Spaces for People programme page.
Continuing on from the measures implemented to date, future plans for the Spaces for People programme will include:
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.
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 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
Find out more here.