Make your move Kirkcaldy wins 2014 PAHA Award

SINCLAIRTOWN’S DESIGNING STREETS A WINNING PROJECT

                     

 

A community-led street design project in Kirkcaldy, encouraging active travel around Sinclairtown Primary School and making the street safer, has won a prestigious Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) award from NHS Health Scotland in the Environment category.  The street design project is part of a town wide initiative called Make your move Kirkcaldy, which is a partnership between Fife Council and Sustrans to encourage more sustainable travel methods.

 

Concern over vehicle numbers, poor driver behaviour and pedestrian safety during the school run outside Sinclairtown Primary School meant action was required. 

 

The principles set out in ‘Designing Streets’, a Government initiative, were applied to the area outside Sinclairtown Primary School.  An urban designer and an artist were employed to work with the local community, including pupils, school staff, parents and local residents, to make the area more enjoyable for all.

 

Changes to the local environment included raising areas in the road to give pedestrians more visibility, geometric markings on the road, bollards to prevent nuisance parking; and park and walk sites to encourage parents to walk part of the school run, reducing congestion outside the school gates.

 

Paul Ruffles, Project Coordinator at Sustrans said“Artist Nicola Atkinson worked with the project to stimulate discussion and encourage the children and wider community to consider how their ideal street might look”.

 

“As a result of the programme, the local transport figures have shown positive results including a reduction in the perceived congestion in the street, illegal or dangerous parking outside the school and a reduction in the peak-time volume of traffic.”  

 

Sharon Allison, PAHA Coordinator said:   “Scotland’s built and natural environments have the opportunity to promote increased levels of physical activity.  This is an excellent example of effective local joint working and community involvement to design better streets for everyone to enjoy.   This project has demonstrated how using imaginative design and extensive consultation with the community can encourage more active travel to school and reduce congestion at peak school times for local residents.”

   

The award will be presented at the 7th National PAHA Conference, which is being held on 24 April 2014 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh attended by Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison.

 

Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Sinclairtown’s Designing Street project on its success in the Physical Activity and Health Alliance Awards (PAHA) 2014. It’s fantastic to know that there is so much innovative and truly deserving work taking place around Scotland to make the nation more active. Our legacy ambition from the Commonwealth Games is to increase physical activity levels and ultimately better health for all, and Sinclairtown’s Designing Street project is a creative project that is making this aim a reality for many people.”

 

 

For more information on PAHA, a network for professionals with an interest in physical activity, visit www.paha.org.uk.  Or for information on getting more active in your local area, visit www.activescotland.org.uk