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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, city neighbourhoods and active travel routes that will support physical distancing across the city and help to stifle the spread of COVID-19.

George Sq - southside

Images of Measures in Place

Where possible, delineation of road space converted to walking and cycling space will be done as unobtrusively as possible using signing and lining, however in most cases physical barriers will be required.

Example of Measures now in George Square and on Montrose St:

Geo Sq 2 Sustrans

Montrose St complete

Example of a Pop-Up Cycle Lane on Cumbernauld Rd:

Cumbernauld Rd complete cycle lane 3

Example of Footway Widening in Easterhouse:

Easterhouse 1

Use of Shared Space on Kelvin Way:

Kelvin Way complete 2


Visualisation 1 Visualisation 2 Visualisation 3

Visualisations by Stantec


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.

Where/When Will Spaces for People Measures Be Introduced?

Early measures include the closure of Kelvin Way to vehicles and the creation of a westbound cycle lane on the Clyde Walkway, which runs from Saltmarket to the Clyde Arc.

Details of all other areas that will be included will be added to our Spaces for People Programme page as soon as possible.

Are the Measures Permanent?

It is expected that the measures introduced under the Spaces for People programme are to be temporary.

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. We are currently looking at additional park and stride/park and cycle facilities to boost existing on-street availability, and also at multi-storey car parks.

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.

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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