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A Street Design Project in Kirkcaldy has won an award for its innovative approach encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

The ‘Pathhead Street Design Project’, run by Make your move Kirkcaldy, is one of five winners of the annual Design and Wellbeing Award from the Carnegie Trust UK announced in May. The award comes only a month after an earlier street design project by the same team in Sinclairtown, picked up an award from the Physical Activity and Health Alliance.

Work in Pathhead is taking place in the neighbourhood surrounding Pathhead Primary School in Kirkcaldy. Make your move Kirkcaldy (a partnership between Sustrans Scotland and Fife Counci) worked with the local community, drawing up ambitious and highly original design proposals for the area.

Kylie Walsh, Pathhead Primary School Headteacher said: “Safety for our pupils and families walking to and from school is a high priority for us. The changes in the surrounding area are a welcome addition for the school community. 

“Involving the pupils in the designs, gave them some ownership of the project. They’re extremely proud their designs have been included in the playground and surrounding area.

“We would like to thank all those involved for their hard work and enthusiasm in this project.”

Paul Ruffles, Sustrans Scotland’s Project Co-ordinator for Street Design said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Carnegie Trust for our work in Pathhead. Significant changes to streets and public spaces in the neighbourhood have already taken place. New road crossings have been installed and other roads narrowed so as to slow down vehicle speeds and make the journey to and from school feel safer.

“Improvements to street lighting and paths in an adjacent park are underway and it is expected this will encourage more people to use and walk through the park. New trees are also being planted to soften the streetscape and encourage slower vehicle speeds.