For the last couple of years I have been supporting Crispin Hayes Associates / Cycle Path Services on a locally-based walking and wheeling project initiated by near neighbours Spott Community Association.
Places for Everyone is a scheme that aims to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys.
Funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland it is administered by Sustrans
The challenge has been to devise a safe route across difficult terrain with the following design principles in mind. The feasibility study is nearing completion with a number of preferred options emerging.
In order to ensure all projects receiving funding make the largest possible impact, we have developed six design principles. These are the minimum criteria for a successful Places for Everyone bid.
Develop ideas collaboratively and in partnership with communities.
Facilitate independent walking, cycling, and wheeling for everyone, including an unaccompanied 12-year old.
Design places that provide enjoyment, comfort and protection.
Ensure access for all and equality of opportunity in public space.
Ensure all proposals are developed in a way that is context-specific and evidence-led.
Reallocate road space, and restrict motor traffic permeability to prioritise people walking, cycling and wheeling over private motor vehicles.
All designs will be assessed against how well they achieve the design principles.
Infrastructure must be of a specification that will remain of high functional quality for at least 15 years and will accommodate both current and future needs.
All projects must be subject to Equality Impact Assessments and ecological appraisal.
Any predicted negative equalities or ecological impacts of the development must be mitigated and biodiversity enhancement should be delivered wherever possible.