Tell us what passenger transport could look like in an ideal Fife

As part of a long-running conversation about ways the council helps people travel around Fife, staff will be out and about during the last week of November to help residents understand the issues and share their ideas for the future. This is a new type of engagement exercise for the council and we need as many people as possible to get involved.

Fife Council invests some £22 million each year in subsidised passenger transport such as public bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand responsive transport.At this stage, we’re asking what you’d like to see in an ideal world - irrespective of budgets or the way things are now. This is about gathering completely new ideas, thinking about unmet needs or alternative solutions that might change people’s need for these transport services.

Find out more about the passenger transport services we provide now, join the online debate and submit feedback by registering with the citizen participation platform, ‘Let’s Talk about our Fife’. Even if you don’t have a suggestion, this site lets you rate and comment on other people’s ideas, which could give us valuable insight into what might be a well-supported or unpopular change.

We're speaking to a range of community groups, community councils and parent councils to offer face to face conversations about the future of passenger transport services. Encourage people to get involved. If they can’t get online, look out for opportunities to speak to officers at school events or in community facilities. Freepost suggestion cards will also be available through local offices, libraries and community centres.

Anyone can drop by for a conversation about how resources might be used differently for better results at the following times and locations:

  • Monday 25 November            Dunfermline Bus Station       2pm - 4pm
  • Monday 25 November            Halbeath Park & Ride             4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 November            Glenrothes Bus Station          9.30am - 11.30am
  • Tuesday 26 November            Kirkcaldy Bus Station              2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 27 November      Leven Bus Station                   9.30am - 11.30am
  • Thursday 28 November          Ferrytoll Park & Ride               4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Friday 29 November               St Andrews Bus Station           10am - 12noon

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee said: “People travel for lots of different reasons depending on their age and life circumstances. Whether it’s to get to school, work or leisure activities, to reach facilities from rural locations or to be able to live independently and avoid social isolation. At some point we’ll all be affected by these issues and the services that are available in Fife, so please get involved and get your family or friends involved.

“We’re not just looking to hear what works well now or how existing services could be improved – though that will be useful - we want you to think big. Is there a completely different way of meeting people’s needs? Should we do less of one thing but a lot more of another? At this stage of the process any idea is welcome even if it seems like a pipedream! In the new year we’ll explore how people’s ideal-world solutions sit alongside current policy, legislation, contracts and other practicalities, so that we can refine ideas ahead of a public vote on service options."

Background information is online at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople  See why we provide different transport services, how people use them and how much they cost.

 

"Let's Talk about our Fife" is a new platform for citizen participation. It will increasingly allow the Council to open up debates and gather feedback, as well as letting Fife’s residents share ideas and submit proposals, comment on other people’s input and participate in votes and polls. Through the various sections of the system, citizen-generated ideas can lead to concrete actions by Fife Council and partners.

This online platform is being developed by COSLA for Scottish councils to use, so it’s separate from the council’s website. Anyone can read the conversations but to join in you have to register in Let's Talk about our Fife and verify your account.

Let’s talk about transporting people

Fife Council is starting a long-term engagement process in order to increase public participation in designing core services and deciding how a significant portion of its budget is spent.

We’re asking residents to find out more about the passenger transport services we provide, which help people travel around Fife for a variety of reasons. We invest £22 million each year in these services.

Over the year ahead, we want Fifers to help us explore whether resources could be used differently, for better results. This is about working together to design the best solutions for the future.

We’ve published a range of information to help people understand what we invest in at the moment, and why we think it’s important

http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople

This includes supported local bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand responsive transport.

  • Right now, people have a chance to understand the impact these services have on Fifer’s lives, how much they cost and to tell the council what they think already works well, or to ask questions about the services.
  • In October and November, we’ll ask what solutions people would like to see in an ideal world. This will involve an interactive online conversation where residents will be able to rate and comment on each other’s ideas, as well as face to face conversations with transport users.
  • Early in 2020, we’ll start to consider how ‘the dream’ matches up with policy, legislation, existing contracts and other practicalities, so that we can refine ideas and gather some more specific feedback.
  • Later in 2020, we’ll put some concrete options up for a vote.

This is not a traditional consultation process. Several phases of engagement, including opportunities to get involved offline as well as online, will explore a complex set of services, which are inextricably linked to other public services and wider aspects of community life.  This is one of the ways in which we are taking forward participatory budgeting (PB) in Fife.  This is a new approach for councils and we will be learning from it as we go.  You can find out more about PB, and what we’re aiming to achieve through https://pbscotland.scot/charter

Please encourage your family, friends and local communities to look out for information and get involved.

The first phase of the exercise is live now, with information available at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople

To join online debates and submit feedback Fifers need to register with a new citizen participation platform, ‘Let’s Talk about our Fife’. This online platform is being developed by COSLA for Scottish councils to use. It will increasingly allow councils to open up debates and gather feedback, as well as letting residents share ideas and submit proposals, comment on other people’s input and participate in votes and polls. Through the various sections of the system, citizen-generated ideas can lead to actions by Fife Council and partners.

Belleknowes Car Park Inverkeithing Temporary Closure

Belleknowes car park in Inverkeithing will be closed from 22nd February until 1st March for resurfacing. We ask that users consider alternative arrangements in advance to help minimise any disruption.

Rail passengers may wish to park at Ferrytoll, where a free shuttle bus will transfer passengers to and from Inverkeithing Rail Station following the timetable below. Alternative public transport is available, along with rail services from other stations. Further information on the alternatives are available from the home page.

We thank you for your patience during these works.

Monday – Friday              

Ferrytoll P&R

0600

Then Every

0940

1500

Then Every

1840

Inverkeithing Rail Station

0610

20 minutes

0950

1510

20 minutes

1850

Ferrytoll P&R

0620

until

1000

1520

until

1900

Saturday and Sunday
Ferrytoll P&R

0800

Then Every

0940

1600

Then Every

1740

Inverkeithing Rail Station

0810

20 minutes

0950

1610

20 minutes

1750

Ferrytoll P&R

0820

until

1000

1620

until

1800

 

Bikeability Conference – 24th March, Stirling

Cycling Scotland are hosting their annual Bikeability Conference in Stirling on Tuesday 24th March, in Stirling.

The conference will follow the normal format, starting at 9.30am (for 10am) until 3.30pm – a draft agenda can be found here.

Please be advised that both main training sessions are practical, and will have elements that take place outside on bikes.  For those attending, bikes will be available to borrow on the day, or as ever, we’d be delighted if you want to bring your own – just remember to bring suitable clothing and a lock for your bike!

 

To register your place, please click on this link.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bikeability-scotland-conference-2020-tickets-83768065539

Cycle Law Presentation Sunday 16th February

North Fife Cycling are hosting a presentation from Cycling Law Scotland, called

Cycle Collisions and Civil Law – your rights and responsibilities. The presentation will be given by Jodi Gordon, a partner in Cycle Law Scotland. There will be a discussion afterwards. The event is being held on Sunday 16th February between 6.30pm and 8pm, in the Church Hall, 1 Blyth Street, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8DB.

The flyer can be viewed here – North Fife Cycle Presentation Flyer

All are welcome and the event is FREE to attend.

You can book your place on Eventbrite on the following link –  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycling-collisions-and-civil-law-your-rights-and-responsibilities-tickets-86682420453

 

 

Your Views on Transport in Scotland for the next 20 years

Transport Scotland is asking Fife residents, businesses and other organisations to take part in a survey on strategic transport related problems and opportunities, as well as investment options. This will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next twenty years.

Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), the Scotland-wide review of the strategic transport network across all types of transport.

STPR2 will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next twenty years and input to the survey will help to deliver the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the draft National Transport Strategy.

Further information and a link to the survey can be found at www.transport.gov.scot/stpr2

The Second Strategic Transport Projects Review will:

  • help make Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and businesses
  • create better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options
  • highlight the vital contribution that transport investment can play in enabling and sustaining Scotland’s economic growth.

The survey will close at 5pm on 10 January 2020.

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Ring & Ride and Dial a Ride – Christmas & New Year 2019 operating dates and times.

Due to Christmas and New Year public holidays please be advised that there will be changes to the Ring & Ride and Dial a Ride.

There will be NO Fife Bus Service between:

    Wednesday 25th December & Friday 27th December 2019

And

    Wednesday 1st January and Friday 3rd January 2020

Normal working hours will resume Saturday & Sunday of both weeks. There will be a limited service on Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th December and Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st December 2019.
The first pick up will be 09:00am with the last journey being 3.45pm. Clicking here will give you more information on when to book the Ring and Ride and clicking here will give more information on Dial a Ride Christmas runs.

Winter Cycling – Be Safe, Be Seen

The nights are drawing in, so it’s time to get your bike and yourself ready for cycling in the dark.

Lights are mandatory for cycling at night in the UK, so a white light on the front and a red light on the back.

Increase your visibility by wearing reflective clothing, there is a wide range available from jackets, gloves to shoe covers, so visit your local cycling shop to see what is available.

Fluorescent clothing can help you be more visible during the day, with reflective clothing being more effective at night. This can include reflective panniers, rucksack covers and even helmet covers.

Adapt you cycling style to allow for the more unpredictable cycling conditions and adjust your speed to allow for extra grit on the road and black ice.

 

There are more tips in greater detail on this page from Road Cycling UK.

Ten road cycling tips to stay safe this winter

How to Reach Zero Emissions – St Andrews Space for Cycling Event

Event hosted by St Andrews Space for Cycling

Thursday 5th December 7-9pm  Lecture Room 2, Gateway Building, North Haugh,  St Andrews University

Professor Boyd will discuss his views on the lifestyle and other changes needed to respond to the climate crisis. There’s a conundrum – how do we shift ourselves from consuming? We need to do more about learning to live sustainably. We talk about sustainability but we don’t really know what it means. It will be followed by a short AGM of St Andrews Space for Cycling.

See link below for more details.

Free event, no booking required.

https://www.facebook.com/events/441998473409544/

Free Bikeability Scotland Cycling Training offered to All Schools in Fife

Yesterday Falkland Primary School children celebrated completion of their Bikeability Scotland cycling training, as part of a nationwide programme to get more kids on their bikes.

 

Headteacher of Falkland Primary School, Laura Munro said: 

 “Bikeability Scotland training has increased the confidence of many pupils now keen to access the countryside around their local area on their bikes. We had several outings last year with those who had completed Bikeability 2 into the local area as part of our own curriculum Falkland Footsteps where we promote adventuring.  Groups cycled through the estate and planned journeys to Strathmiglo all under their own steam – developing fitness, resilience, teamwork.

 “Falkland Primary have been involved in Bikeability for over 5 years now. It’s been great having the Bikeability Scotland team come along and deliver this training to our pupils. It has been such an easy process and the children love it.

 

“Bikeability Scotland training has even influenced our school travel plan, informing steps for change relating to reducing the traffic around our school.”

Research by Cycling Scotland has found that 65 per cent of children are more confident cycling after Bikeability Scotland training and 82% of parents say they will let their children cycle more as a result.*

 

Bikeability at Falkland primary school

Bikeability at Falkland primary school