To celebrate Active Travel Month in May 2018 Fife Council Travel Planning team set schools a challenge to travel actively for the whole month to be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes.
Schools that opted to take part were issued with an Active Travel Passport for each pupil to record how they came to school each day. Pupils that managed to travel actively for the full 4 weeks were entered into the draws for a variety of prizes.
The first prize draw was for the school where one lucky winner from each school would win an active travel goody bag. The second draw was to win one of the prizes listed below donated from businesses across Fife.
- 1 of 10 free swim passes donated by Fife Leisure Centre
- Family pass donated by Fife Deer Centre
- £30 gift voucher donated by Extreme Trampoline Glenrothes.
More than 5,000 pupils took part in the initiative over 41 primary schools. 92% of returns had filled in the full 4 weeks on the passports and 46% of schools taking part had a decrease in the number of pupils coming by car by the end of week 4.
Some of our winners are below.
We are very pleased to report that North Fife Cycling has been awarded £4,000 from Cycling Scotland’s Community Cycling Development Fund. They will be using this in a number of ways to support adults and children cycling more – from commuters to visiting tourists. More Information will be posted in their newsletter and to members and supporters of NFC. Their application to help improve the Nature Trail access between Wormit and Newport is taken up within a larger Fife Council / Sustrans Safer Routes to School feasibility study and NFC will be involved in this.
St Andrews Space for Cycling (SASC) have been at the forefront of St Andrews joining World Car Free Day which was held Saturday 22nd September. The group arranged for Market Street to be closed to vehicles and have planned a great day for all the family. The town was buzzing with large crowds enjoying the good weather and great entertainment. Activities include “Dr Bike” bike maintenance, stunt cycling from The Clan and our Bikeability Co-ordinator Shealagh was there delivering some Bikeability sessions. it was great to see everyone having such a good time and to hear support from The Clan and others on the Bikeability programme and what we are trying to achieve here in Fife.
Our Bikeability Coordinator Shealagh was attending more events on the 28th and 29th of August to promote the work of Bikeability. This time the event was the Fife Festival of Township in Kirkcaldy which was led by Kirkcaldy TMCA and supported by various other partners.
The 2 day event offered community participation and demonstrated what charities and works were going on within the local area and provided information on how people could get involved. The event was a great success and showed an amazing amount of community spirit
Big Bike Swap
The Bike Swap took place in Bankie Park, Anstruther on Saturday 1st September. The event was organised by Anstruther Cycle Group, who are part of the Anstruther Community Council. The aim of the event was to encourage would be cyclists to dust off their old bikes to repair them for use or to swap or donate bikes to enable people to start cycling.
The event involved a Bike Swap, bike maintenance tips, health checks, safety tips and puncture repair workshops. Shealagh Crabb, our Bikeability Co-ordinator was there to raise the profile of Bikeability and get more people involved in delivering and supporting Bikeability in schools. Shealagh was also promoting Cycle Fife, the website for active travel in Fife. Shealagh met up with Willie Rennie MSP, who was there to support the Bike Swap as you can see! Willie Rennie is taking part in Cycling Scotland’s Big Belter on 9th September 2018, which is a 100 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh as part of the popular Big Pedal series. To get involved, see https://www.cycling.scot/pedal-for-scotland.
Pittenweem-Anstruther-Cellardyke-Kilrenny Multi use Path
This is a community-led project, the first of its kind in Fife, and a sub group of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council has been formed to take this project forward. The Anstruther Cycle Group was formed a partnership with Fife Council to ensure that a mixture of expertise and resources are harnessed to deliver this £1 million project.