Expansion of ABC multi operator ticket

Bus travel in East Fife is as easy as ABC

• Multi-operator bus ticket comes to Fife
• New travel zone for North East Fife, including Glenrothes and Levenmouth
• Partnership approach provides new smart ticket options

The ABC bus ticket scheme, already available in Dundee, is coming to Fife this week, providing new ticket options for less.

Bus operators have once again joined forces to offer an unlimited travel, smart bus ticket to people who need to use more than one bus company to make their journey. The existing ABC bus scheme is already available in Dundee and offers adult and child versions of the multi-operator ticket, which is accepted on any Moffat & Williamson, Stagecoach or Xplore Dundee bus.

The three bus operators have now extended the scheme into Fife, offering two new ticket zones for passengers in Dundee and East Fife. The three zones available from 3 June will be the existing Dundee zone, a new East Fife zone and a third area which combines Dundee and East Fife. The development means that bus users can connect up their journeys using more than one operator, or continue onward journeys using another service, without paying for separate tickets.

The new East Fife zone covers travel from the Tay Road bridge, south to include St Andrews and the East Neuk, Leven and as far east as Glenrothes, Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty and Newburgh.
The ABC ticket scheme is making smart bus travel even easier. Tickets are loaded onto a smartcard – a durable card which is ‘read’ by the ticket machine on the bus and can be used time and time again.

ABC, which stands for All Bus Companies, has already facilitated almost 100k passenger journeys since it was launched in Dundee in 2016. The expansion into Fife, now provides even more journey opportunities, making bus travel more affordable and even easier with just one ticket required.
ABC tickets are valid for 1 day or 7 days and can be purchased for an adult or a child. Most tickets can be bought from the driver by loading an existing smartcard with the product, or customers can buy ABC tickets at Seagate bus station in Dundee, the Xplore Dundee travel shop on Commercial St Dundee, or at St Andrews bus station.

The partnership also involves Dundee City Council and Fife council, and is supported by Transport Scotland and Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme funding.

Long Service Award for cycle training

Last week we attended Wormit Primary School and had the pleasure of presenting a long service award for cycle training to Di McGhie, who has been delivering training for 15 years at Wormit and surrounding Schools. She has been a stalwart in supporting Susan Walker who is CT+ Trained and gives up her time to deliver training other parent volunteers to allow them to deliver level 1 and 2 Bikeability.

Well Done Di!

It’s time to celebrate.

Pupils from across Fife headed to their local parks to get active and celebrate all things that are great about walking and their participation in the WOW project during National Walking Month.

During May, a number Fife schools came together to take part in lots of fun activities in their local parks. All the schools there take part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets.

WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with collectable badges and has been shown to increase the number of children walking to school by 23 per cent on average. Pupils and teachers from the Fife schools have been working hard to increase active travel rates and have made a real effort to increase walking to school.

over the 4 events 500 pupils attended and took part in a range of activities including, fun with award winning Children’s entertainer Jamie the Jester, games sessions, den building, and lots more. The activities were chosen to highlight the active fun children can have outdoors.

Fife Council have been delivering the WOW celebration events for 3 years and love working in partnership with Living Streets to make the event as fun as possible and a real celebration of Fife’s commitment to making the school journey an active one.

Fife schools are part of a collective of 220 schools from across Scotland who are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge and helping make Scotland a walking nation.

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee Fife Council said:

Fife Schools have been taking part in the year round walk to school challenge for the past couple of years and we have seen some great achievements from those involved. Last year one of Fife Schools received the title for most actively travelled in Scotland for Easter, this was then repeated by another Fife school who was awarded most actively travelled in Scotland for the Festive period. it is fantastic to see such results and increases in active travel to school through the hard work of everyone involved. I hope the pupils enjoy the events and it encourages them to keep up the excellent work.

Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager, Living Streets Scotland said:

“We love working with Fife Council on their WOW park events. As a Local Authority they are dedicated to making the school journey an active one, and we support them to make this happen.

“This May we want to get the whole of Scotland taking to their feet and celebrating the benefits of moving more. These schools are a fantastic example of what can be achieved from small steps.”

Living Streets have now developed the WOW song and Dance and are encouraging people to join in the fun by learning the song and dance before uploading to twitter with #walktoschoolweek and #WOWDance. Don’t forget to tag LStreetsScot

Stride on song with subtitles, Learn the dance

Taycoasters Social Cycle Ride – Sunday 26th May

May’s Taycoasters ride will start at 1.30 on Sunday the 26th at the car park at the south access to the Tay Road Bridge. We will be heading out along the nature trail to Balmerino Abbey. This is a very ancient building, now in ruins, but with a great deal of history attached. There is no charge for admission, but there is a box for donations. There are no cafes or shops in Balmerino, so we suggest you either have lunch before you join us or bring a snack and a drink to have while we take or break at the Abbey. Some of the route is hilly, but the steepest hills are short and we don’t mind if you get off and push your bike up them. We will ride a small circle round Balmerino and then return to the bridge by the same route.The total distance is about 14 miles and we aim to be back at the bridge by 5.00.
We hope you can join us – and feel free to invite your friends.
If you intend to come along or would like to be added to their email group list to get future rides information directly
please contact Mark O Reilly email – m.oreilly@tiscali.co.uk

Group Cycle Ride – Saturday 25th May

Greener Kirkcaldy are organising a group cycle ride to Ravenscraig Park on Saturday 25th May.

The event runs from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, starting from Morrisons car park in Kirkcaldy.

This FREE event is organised by Greener Kirkcaldy, and you can book a place by going to their website – Greener Kirkcaldy

8 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT

www.greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk

Email –  info@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk

 

Bikeability and Friends – Fife Cycle Park

Fife Cycle Park have recently given a home to two Bikeability banners at their lovely new facility. The Cycle Park is a unique way to provide space to have fun on a bike, to coach, develop and advance all levels of cycling. The circuit can also be divided up into different sections to offer a choice of layouts.

Cycle Fife banners at Fife Cycle Park

Cycle Fife banners at Fife Cycle Park

What’s on offer?

  • Purpose built 1.6km tarmac cycle circuit (with various circuit options available)
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • A range of programmes and activities on offer
  • Floodlit circuit built to ‘A Road’ standard that allows for a full range of cycling activities to take place in a traffic free environment all year round.
  • Clubhouse with indoor and outdoor viewing areas
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Showers and changing rooms
  • On-site parking, including disabled spaces
  • Shared use paths linked from neighbouring Lochgelly & Lochore

Click here for more details.

 

Lets talk………about supported bus journeys in Mid-Fife

Residents of Mid Fife are being asked to share information about how and why they use local bus services as part of a consultation running from Monday 20 May – Sunday 30 June 2019.

The Council spends just over £4 million a year to support Fife bus services which otherwise wouldn’t be commercially viable for the operators to run.

The following bus services in Mid Fife are fully or partly subsidised by the council:

B1, 36, M4, 11, 12, 14A, 14, 108, 13, 13A, 32, 32A, 33B, 37, 37A, 41B, 43A, 44A, 45, 49, 66, 66A, 67, 67A, 67B

We are urging people who use buses in Mid Fife to get involved in the consultation.

As a council we fund buses on routes, or at times, when it may not make good business sense to run a service, but where it would cause a real problem for communities to be without them. These tend to be mainly evening and weekend services or day time services serving smaller, rural communities.

Over two million journeys are made around Fife each year on buses that the council pay for, so it’s really important we review them regularly to make sure they’re still meeting people’s needs.

This consultation is not about the customer service people receive from bus operators. This is about understanding where people are travelling to and from when they take the bus in Mid Fife, the facilities they need to visit, and the times they need – or would prefer – to travel. This information will be used when we renew the contracts for subsidised services in the area in August 2020.

You can take part in the consultation from Monday 20 May in a number of ways:

  • Go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/BusSurvey
  • Pick up a questionnaire from Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy or Leven bus stations
  • Look out for people surveying passengers on the bus services listed above
  • Call 03451 55 55 555 ext 444371 to have a questionnaire sent to you

 Bus passengers in the South and West of Fife were consulted in the same way last year, and those in North and East Fife will be consulted next year in line with the contracts we have in place with operators.

Bikeability Success at Dairsie Primary School

Dairsie Primary School have been taking part in the Bikeability training with Cycling Scotland Instructors Andrew Morrison and Shealagh Crabb over the last few weeks.  They have all completed and passed their Level 1 and are undertaking their Level 2 and are all on course to pass.  This training involved cycling in and around the village of Dairsie.

Bikeability 2019

Bikeability 2019

 

Five pupils from Dairsie Primary School will be the first in this area to take part in Level 3 Bikeability at the end of May which involves cycling in a more built up area with larger volumes of traffic travelling at higher speeds and learn how to negotiate complex junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights.

For more information on Bikeability, contact Shealagh Crabb at – bikeability@fife.gov.uk

Cycle Fife and friends- Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts have recently given a  home to a Cycle Fife banner in their grounds, to promote active travel as a great example of partnership working.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts FC were officially founded in early 2000 and since the clubs inception the club has grown from strength to strength. Today, led by Chairman Craig Reid, the Swifts are a SFA Legacy Quality Marked community football club and a registered Scottish Charity SC043580. The club has had significant growth since its early days early in 2000 and since then the club has grown from strength to strength. The club is currently developing boys and girls of all ages in non-competitive and competitive football from mini kickers to Senior Level.  They currently have over 400 registered boys and girls, an U20s,  an EoSFL Seniors, an over 35s and a Walking Football team taking our membership to approximately 500.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts offer a  pathway for all girls keen to play football. Pictured with the new Cycle Fife banner are the under 9 girls who play each week at Pitreavie in non competitive matches against other local teams. Our under 13’s compete in the Fife under13’s league and are performing very well against other teams in the region.

A big thank you to all at Inverkeithing Swifts for hosting our banner!

https://www.swiftsfc.com/

Inverkeithing Swifts grounds

 

Nominate your Bikeability Hero

Nominations are now open for Fife Voluntary Action’s Awards 2019.

It’s that time of year again – FVA’s flagship Awards Ceremony for volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations is back! This year’s event will be held at Keavil House Hotel in Crossford, Dunfermline on Wednesday 05 June 2019. You can nominate your Bikeability volunteer.

This is your chance to recognise and reward the effort of volunteers, organisations and community groups that are serving the people and communities of Fife.

Every nominated volunteer will receive a certificate to highlight their outstanding work. However, due to expected levels of demand there will be a shortlisting process. If your nomination has been shortlisted, you and the nominee(s) will be invited to the prestigious ceremony with all the other finalists, where a winner from each category will be announced on the night. All shortlisted organisations will also receive a certificate.

FVA have an excellent selection of categories to choose from, and invite you to nominate any volunteers or organisations you think deserve the glory of being awarded at this year’s celebration. The organisation categories are open to any project, group or organisation operating within the voluntary or public sector. For more information and to make a nomination, click here.

 

As well as the volunteer and organisation categories, we will also be celebrating Long Service recognition for those volunteers that have given their time, skills and commitment to a group or organisation for a long time. This is your chance to say a special thanks to those that have been volunteering with you for more than five years.

FVA think every long serving volunteer is a winner, so every person nominated will receive their own recognition certificate and a select few will be invited to the Ceremony. Click here to make a nomination for a Long Service award.

FVA are also looking for those young volunteers signed up to the Saltire Awards scheme that have managed to achieve the 200-hour awards and who have gone above and beyond these hours. The Saltire Summit awards are given out to these exceptional young people. Click here to make a nomination for the Saltire Awards.

Please note that the deadline for nominations is Friday 26 April 2019.