Speeding cyclists accused of plaguing a pedestrian path network will be targeted by a new poster campaign designed by local children.
Concerns over bike users cycling at high speeds down a dual use path network in Glenrothes were raised by Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council chairman Peter Scobie.
It will hopefully highlight the issue that speeding bikes on the footpath is dangerous and could hurt somebodyPeter Scobie
“Cyclists are coming down the paths at a phenomenal rate,” said Mr Scobie. “The speed that some of the older teenagers are going at on the footpaths is worrying for pedestrians and younger children.”
Mr Scobie indicated the problem arising at the Warout Woods area continuing down to Stenton Pond and worst on the long stretch between Beaufort Drive and the Glamis Shopping Centre.
Deciding that ‘enough is enough’ members of the community have come up with a solution to the problem.
Mr Scobie said: “We have decided to run a campaign in which kids design a poster that we can put out in the area.
“It will hopefully highlight the issue that speeding bikes on the footpath is dangerous and could hurt somebody.”
Fife Council access team leader Alison Irvine said: “Although there had not been a rise in reports of path misuse in Glenrothes, or anywhere else in Fife, we welcome this community campaign to help everyone get the most out of our shared paths.”
Councillor Ross Vettraino OBE, a keen cyclist himself, believes that any exercise that increases children’s awareness is a good exercise. He said: “Cycling is like driving a car, there is always a danger. You’ve simply got to do so with due care and attention and if you don’t do that, there is a potential for danger.”
Although receiving no direct complaints on the issue himself Councillor Vettraino, who has been asked to judge the poster competition, believes that all pathway users must be particularly careful on the stretch from Beaufort Drive down to the Glamis Shopping Centre.
Children at a local summer bootcamp have been working on illustrations during the week that could be transformed into new posters and distributed along the path network.
Fife Council, who have supported the development of cycle opportunities, actively promotes responsible cycling in the area.
Through an initiative part funded by UK charity Sustrans, the council are investing in cycle routes in the area as well as in education about responsible cycling through the Cycle Glenrothes project.
Alison Irvine said: “We promote responsible cycling through ‘Bikeability’ which is a national road safety education scheme in schools, and every primary school in Glenrothes is set to benefit from.
“The annual Fife Access Forum Seminar, on October 6, is focussing on shared access paths and the need for everyone to behave responsibly and to respect the needs of other path users.