Shared Space

Subject: Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Road safety campaigner, David Stewart gets answer at last from Government on shared space – cyclists/pedestrians


Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Road Safety campaigner, David Stewart, gets answer at last from Government on shared space – cyclists/pedestrians


David Stewart said ” I wrote to the Government back in September last year, highlighting that I was becoming aware of incidents of conflict between cyclists and pedestrians on cycle path/footways. At that time, I suggested improved signage and consideration of a national shared space colour coded surface, whereby for example, cycle sections were painted green or blue and pedestrian sections left the normal colour. Even if we had signage that advised pedestrians to keep to the left and cyclists the right or whatever that would address the problem.


” Eventually I received a full response from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson, advising me that the Active Travel Task Force in a recent report, recommended formally approved overarching walking and cycling design guidance for Scotland be produced for local and trunk roads. Update signage will also be considered.


“As part of this package a Working Group is being set up that will include Local Authorities, Sustrans, Regional Transport Partnerships and Transport Scotland.


” If Local Authorities wished to embark on an educational campaign they could apply to the Smarter Choices Smarter Place programme.


David concluded ” This is good, positive news which will address some of the confusion that currently exists on shared space areas and I look forward to seeing what the Working Group come up with.