Second Kirkcaldy street design project is a winner

Antony, Annabell and Joshua on their bikes in front of the tiles designed by the school kids.
Antony, Annabell and Joshua on their bikes in front of the tiles designed by the school kids.

A second Street Design Project in Kirkcaldy has won an award for its innovative approach encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

The ‘Pathhead Street Design Project’, run by Make Your Move Kirkcaldy, is one of five winners of the Design and Wellbeing Award from the Carnegie Trust UK.

The award comes only a month after an earlier street design project by the same team in Sinclairtown, picked up an award from the Physical Activity and Health Alliance.

Work in Pathhead is taking place in the neighbourhood surrounding the local primary school.

Make Your Move Kirkcaldy - a partnership between Sustrans Scotland and Fife Council - worked with the community, drawing up ambitious and highly original design proposals for the area.

Kylie Walsh, Pathhead headteacher, said: “Safety for our pupils and families walking to and from school is a high priority for us. The changes in the surrounding area are a welcome addition for the school community.

“Involving the pupils in the designs, gave them some ownership of the project. They’re extremely proud their designs have been included in the playground and surrounding area.

“We would like to thank all those involved for their hard work and enthusiasm in this project.”

Paul Ruffles, Sustrans Scotland’s project co-ordinator for street design said: “Significant changes to streets and public spaces in the neighbourhood have already taken place.

“Original artwork, drawn by local pupils and inspired by conversations with residents, is also being installed on buildings in the area and within the school grounds.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “This is the second award in a month for Street Design projects around primary schools in Kirkcaldy. This is great news; I’m delighted with what we are achieving here. Well done to everyone involved in this project.”