Highway Code Consultation – Have your Say

Have your Say…

The UK Government is consulting on laws for safer cycling. The consultation document is seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for pedestrians, particularly children, older adults and disabled people, cyclists and horse riders. It is important that these groups feel safe in their interactions with other road users.

This interim review of The Highway Code, announced in October 2018, therefore focusses on the vulnerable groups mentioned above with specific consideration on overtaking, passing distances, cyclist and pedestrian priority at junctions, opening vehicle doors and responsibility of road users. There are 3 main changes that are being proposed through this consultation:

  1. introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  2. clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements and that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road
  3. establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists or horse riders, and ensuring that they have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead

The consultation closes at midnight on 27th October.

The online consultation form can be found on the website – click here

On Yer Doorstep Photo Competition

Can you take a photograph and write a caption to inspire others to get more active through healthier and environmentally greener journeys, and win a book voucher as well as a new bike stand for  your school?

During lockdown, we saw a dramatic and amazing decrease in air pollution in many areas. Many adults and children were out being active, walking and taking to two wheels – more than ever before. Families were spending more time together, enjoying their local surroundings and being outside. Fife Council  invites families to continue to Walk, Run, Scoot, Cycle during the autumn break and capture the fun of being outside by taking a photograph of something you found on your explorations, as well as coming up with an amusing or thought-provoking caption, something that might make us think, laugh or smile.

Judging Criteria

· Originality

· Creative ideas

· Thought provoking or humorous caption

· Does it fit the brief?

The Rules

The competition is open to all pupils across Fife and will fall into two categories: Under 12s and 12 to 18-year olds. However, entries must be submitted through a parent or guardian.

We request one photograph entry per person

Your photograph must be taken around Fife – On Yer Doorstep and be taken by the applicant.

Your photograph should be taken on a digital camera, phone or tablet and must be a minimum of 1Mb and no bigger than 10Mb

Photographs including people must have their permission to be included in the competition

By entering, you consent to allow us to use your photograph and caption on social media and in other publicity produced by Fife Council School Travel Planning Team.

Full competition rules can be found by clicking here

How to Enter

Email your photograph to school.travelplans@fife.gov.uk  providing us with your full name, category as well as the all-important caption (just include it in the email, you don’t need to Photoshop it onto your photo).

Your data will only be used in conjunction with Fife Council’s Travel Planning Team Privacy Policy https://www.fife.gov.uk/travel_planning

Prizes and Judging

The competition will run 12 – 30 October. Entrants have until Friday 30 October 2020 to submit their photograph and caption.

Fife Council’s Travel Plan Team will select 10 photos from each category, then the finalist will be chosen by the Provost of Fife.

The top winner will receive a new bike stand for their school as well as a book voucher and the runners up will also receive book vouchers.

Through Spaces for People, temporary measures are helping people safely physical distance and are making it easier for people to walk, cycle and scoot around during the Covid-19 pandemic www.fife.gov.uk/spaces-for-people