A new St Andrews cycling group has described cycling in the town as “dangerous, poorly signed and at times tragically inadequate”.
St Andrews Space for Cycling’s comments came after the group had toured the town looking at cycling routes.
Now the group aims to develop a safe cycling plan for St Andrews.
In a letter to the Citizen, the founders of the group – Tony Waterston, Averill Marks and Chris Wallard – highlight several dangers to cyclists around the town and comment: “We should be encouraging children from an early age to adapt to sustainable forms of transport,” but they add: “There is poor cycling access to many of St Andrews’ primary schools.”
The next move is a public meeting about how cycling can be made safe and pleasurable at Hope Park Church on March 16 at 7 pm.
St Andrews Space for Cycling’s comments come after plans for a new cycle route between St Andrews and Strathkinness were agreed in Fife Council’s budget.
Local Councillor Brian Thomson, himself a keen cyclist, backed the plans, saying it was “fantastic news, particularly for residents of Strathkinness”.
“Many residents currently commute to St Andrews by bicycle, and this could provide a much more pleasant and safer route,” he said.
And with a eye to the future, Cllr Thomson added: “With a new Madras College to be developed at the Langlands site – a site that’s only a distance of around two miles from Strathkinness – there would also be the possibility of pupils living in Strathkinness using a cycle path to travel to and from the new school.”