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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 and help stifle COVID-19.

Measures to provide additional space whilst out 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, helping to ease demand on public transport, includes the creation of pop-up segregated cycle lanes across the city.

We are also seeking to create people-friendly (or low traffic) neighbourhoods with the first of these installed in Dennistoun.

George Sq - southside

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 and help to suppress 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 once lockdown restictions 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. 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.

Where/When Will Spaces for People Measures Be Introduced?

The earliest measures (Spring 2020), 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.

Future plans for the Spaces for People programme will include:

  • Further targeted widening of footways
  • 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

Are you Consulting on Temporary Measures?

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?

Spaces for People measures are temporary however there is the potential for them to be made permenant following an appropriate evaluation and consultation process.

The adjustment or removal of Spaces for People measures following their initial implementation does not preclude them from any future evaluation/consultation regarding the potential for them to be made permanent, and a further report would be submitted to the appropriate council committee evaluating where this was possible before any relevant Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders and other temporary measures expired.

Is there a Map?

See our Spaces for People Programme page for visualisations and maps that are currently available. More are in development and will be added to the Programme page as soon as possible.

Can I Suggest a Location for Spaces for People?

In collaboration with Sustrans Scotland, we made available the 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.

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 On-Street Parking/Loading?

To provide additional protected space on the road for people to walk and wheel as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, there will be the need to remove some on-street parking spaces.  There will be no reduction in disabled bay parking provision.

Consider walking or cycling if you can, to reduce pressure on the road network. If you do need to park your vehicle however, you should seek an alternative parking space whilst the Spaces for People measures are in place.  This may require you to park further from your destination than normal. You may also wish to consider using off-street car parks wherever possible.

Where Spaces for People measures are in place, it is anticipated that we will designate areas for loading/unloading. These may be slightly further from your premises than existing facilities.


Every effort will be 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 will endeavour to ensure that these reflect the considerations identified in the recent briefing paper issued by the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) as well as taking existing guidance into account in their design.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Our Spaces for People webpages contain the most up to date information available and are frequently updated. You can also follow the council's social media feeds and share our posts about the project.

Images of Spaces for People Measures

Footway Widening in George Square and on Montrose St:

Geo Sq 2 Sustrans

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

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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