‘Too short’ mile markers on Kirkcaldy waterfront spark social media comment

Social media claims that Kirkcaldy waterfront’s new mile markers are short of the full distance have been laughed off.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 5:35 pm

The start-finish points were painted on to the esplanade last week as part of the drive to tap into its potential as more and more people take to the waterfront during lockdown for exercise.

Councillor Neil Crooks, who convenes Kirkcaldy’s area committee, said the distance had been checked - and re-checked.

And his advice was: “Do the mile with a smile!”

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New mile markers have been placed on Kirkcaldy's waterfront

The waterfront has long been used by joggers and runners as well as walkers and cyclists, and the markers were added to help those looking to keep fit.

But Mr Crooks stressed: “It is a leisurely mile.

“The mile markings were a suggestion from the public when we consulted on the waterfront and we are trying to deliver on suggestions as money becomes available.”

One concern over the markers came from a man in Orkney, but Mr Crooks saw the funny side.

He added: "Some council staff who saw the chat work for transportation services who carried out the chequered flag road markings.

“It was never meant to be a serious issue as the waterfront is a place of leisure and pleasure. However, using calibrated wheels it was confirmed that the distance was pretty much an exact mile.

“Hopefully even the breaking of fake news on the distance markers will act as an encouragement to the growing numbers of walkers, cyclists and runners using the prom for physical activity. Do the mile with a smile is my advice"

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