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.

Bikeability / Cycling Drop In Sessions

Thursday 25th April, 1pm to 2pm.

Drop in sessions for anyone interested in finding out about Bikeability and all things cycling.

This is an opportunity to provide support and share ideas to newly trained Cycle Training Assistant’s, and allow anyone interested in delivering Bikeability training to find out more.

Hosted by Andrea Habeshaw from Transition St Andrews group, come along to chat about cycling and Bikeability training and support in conjunction with Fife Council’s Bikeability Officer Shealagh Crabb.

These sessions are free to attend and with free tea and coffee provided. No pre-booking is required.

We look forward to meeting you!

The Observatory, St Andrews University, Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews,

 

Further dates at the same location:

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 20th June

Thursday 18th July

For further information, contact

Shealagh Crabb, Bikeability Officer, Shealagh.Crabb@fife.gov.uk

Cycle Ride Leader Training – Newport-on-Tay 10th April

North Fife Cycling supports the Taycoasters social cycling group that is providing group cycle rides on both sides of the Tay.

 

This course is running to provide them with a few more qualified cycle ride leaders. This is to lead cycle rides for adults (18+)

If you would like to help them or are involved in another group providing cycling rides to the public then we may be able to offer you a place.

 

Please contact me ASAP if you are applying for a place – please give me an idea of your level of experience cycling already,

the area your future rides would be taking place in and what cycling group you are involved in.

 

Our priority is CRL leaders for Taycoasters – we would not expect you to be leading a ride every month but become part of their pool of ride leaders.

Also the experienced ride leaders in that group will help anyone starting up so you can begin riding with them and getting used to assisting till you are ready to lead your own groups.

The course is funded by BBR Big Bike Revival – which is aimed at helping beginners to cycling or people returning to their bike gain confidence.

You will need to contact Tony Turvey to book a place on this –

tturvey1 @ gmail.com

 

www.cycle-north-fife.net   facebook page Cycle North Fife

Half day class based teaching in small group;

Half day practical skills training on bikes

Scout Hub behind Sports Hub; Car parking free.

Map https://goo.gl/maps/du9yB5teMc72

Equipment needed- Bike suitable for grass, grit path and minor roads. Cycle helmet and bike lock compulsory.

Stagecoach Fares and Ticket Zone Revision from Sunday 31 March Across Fife

From Sunday 31 March, Stagecoach will made an amendment to their fares and ticket zones in Fife.

Single, return, dayrider and megarider fares will be revised (all student/U19 tickets, the nightrider ticket (£3) and the Edinburgh 12 journey ticket (£35) will remain at current prices).

Zone Changes

  • The North East Fife ticket zone will be expanded to cover Glenrothes, Leven and services into Dundee City Centre
  • The Fife+ zone will be expanded to cover services into Perth

View the new Fife+ zone map

View the new North East Fife zone map

Your Views Matter – Kirkcaldy – Buckhaven Proposed Pedestrian and Cycle Improvements

AECOM have been commissioned by SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership) – a regional transport partnership of eight local authorities; City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian; to carry out an active travel study in Fife. SEStran is considering improvements in accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians along the A955 between the communities of Kirkcaldy, Dysart, Coaltown of Wemyss, East Wemyss and Buckhaven. This project is being undertaken also on behalf of Sustrans and in consultation with the Council’s transportation officers.

If you wish to pop in to discuss the project or give feedback to the study team then the following sessions have been organised:
• A public consultation event will take place on Friday 8th March at Buckhaven Community Centre (Kinnear Street, Buckhaven, KY8 1BH) from 1pm – 7pm.
• A public consultation event will take place on Tuesday 12th March at Windmill Library (Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3AL) from 2pm – 7pm.

If you are not able to make any of the scheduled sessions, but wish to give feedback, then please fill out the following survey:
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=155111479029
The surveyFife Flyer will be available for completion until the 19th March.

Fife Flyer

Nature Trail Survey – Newport and Wormit

What you would you like to see improved along this mainly off road route to make it better for all users? This survey is about the Nature Trail between Wormit and Newport for walkers & cyclists, parents & children – anyone wanting to use this Trail more for active travel, recreation, commuting, getting to schools and other local amenities.

The survey ends on 2nd March. It is organised by North Fife Cycling.
There is a short survey – 5 questions and the full survey of 25 questions. EVERYONE COMPLETING THIS FULL SURVEY CAN ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW – 5 PRIZES OF £10.
If you wish to be entered for the Prize Draw make sure you include your email address at the end of the survey.
Survey details at www.cycle-north-fife.net

Nature Trail Survey