North east Fife cycle routes need to be kept up to scratch

Cllr Tim Brett examining one of the protruding covers on the St Andrews-Guardbridge cyclepath beside the busy A91.
Cllr Tim Brett examining one of the protruding covers on the St Andrews-Guardbridge cyclepath beside the busy A91.

A call has been made for better maintenance of the key cycle route between St Andrews and Guardbridge, following reports of an accident.

Tay Bridgehead councillor Tim Brett, leader of Fife’s Liberal Democrat group, spoke out after being told of a “second mishap” this winter on the much-used path.

Cllr Brett said: “It is important to realise that, for many Fifers, cycling is how they get to work, and therefore paths should be properly maintained and hazards removed, just as on roads.

“This winter, one constituent hit the verge and fell off his bike because he was dazzled by headlights, the warning reflective lines from 10 years ago having been allowed to wear away in places.

“More recently, another cyclist hit a metal access cover protruding from the surface near Edenside and burst a tyre. I should add that such hazards had already been drawn to Fife Council’s attention.”

Cllr Brett added he had been assured that the faults would be addressed. The lines will be repainted once the weather had improved and the metal access cover will be dealt with sooner.

However, he added: “It is, however, a pity that these matters have been left so long.

“If we really want to encourage people to cycle rather than drive, the facilities must be fit for purpose all year round.”