Kirkcaldy street design project scoops prestigious award

Best foot forward in Sinclairtown
Best foot forward in Sinclairtown
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A Kirkcaldy street design project which has resulted in more children cycling to school has scooped a prestigious award.

The Sinclairtown Street Design Project, run by Make Your Move Kirkcaldy, has won the Environment Award from the Physical Activity Health Alliance.

The project has made a big difference in the area and now more children are cycling to Sinclairtown Primary.

The scheme started over two years ago with the aim of addressing traffic issues outside the school. These included: cars parked on pavements; illegal parking on yellow zig-zag lines, blocked driveways and restricted access to safe crossing points for children.

Make your move Kirkcaldy (which is a partnership between Fife Council and Sustrans) worked with residents and the school community to develop ideas to address the problems.

Some of the ideas introduced were to create two raised areas outside the school giving children improved visibility when crossing the road; geometric road markings encouraging slower traffic speed; park and walk sites for parents to park a distance from the school and walk with their children and a parent waiting shelter.

The changes have achieved great results - traffic congestion is reducing, there are less cars in the area at peak times, more cars are travelling at 20mph or less and there is an increase in parents using park and walk facilities.

Carol Keddie, Sinclairtown Primary headteacher said: “The children have worked alongside adults from the local area, Sustrans and Fife Council who genuinely listened to their views and ideas - putting their safety first.

“Now there is a greater awareness and interest in making the journey to school more active and safe.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “Winning this award is great news for Sinclairtown and Kirkcaldy.

“The biggest asset has been the enthusiasm of staff and pupils at Sinclairtown Primary School and their willingness to try out new ideas.”