Public Transport revisions due to the Coronavirus

Following the government advice to avoid non-essential travel, bus companies have seen significant reduction in passengers using their services and therefore need to make some changes to the services they offer.

For the most up to date information passengers should visit the operator’s website, Facebook and twitter feeds.  Information is also available on Traveline Scotland.

For information on Stagecoach services click here

For information on Bay Travel services click here

For information on Moffat & Williamson services click here

 

 

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Contactless Payment – now available on Bay Travel bus services.   

Bay Travel has now managed to install their buses with Contactless Payment methods.  This is especially helpful due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Niall Douglas, Service Operations Manager from Bay Travel said “We’re doing all we can for the safety of our customers during these challenging times.  Since we now have contactless payments we’re encouraging all of our customers to pay contactless when possible. They can pay by contactless with their bank card or mobile device on all our buses”.

Job opportunity – Bike Workshop and Retail Coordinator

Greener Kirkcaldy is starting up a new social enterprise project – a community bike shop offering bike servicing and repairs, sales of refurbished bikes, and a small range of accessories.  They are looking for a Bike Workshop and Retail Coordinator to play a key role in the start-up, development and operations of the project.   The successful candidate will lead a small team to repair and service bikes, upcycle donated bikes for sale, deliver Dr Bike events, and deliver basic and advanced bike maintenance workshops.

Further information on this job can be found by clicking here.

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.

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

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.