Devon Way Demonstration Site
Cycling Scotland, the Paths for All Partnership, Sustrans and Clackmannanshire Council have agreed to the development of a demonstration project to showcase best practice in relation to shared use paths for active travel. As part of the reaction to the recent publication of the Cycle Action Plan for Scotland, Cycling Scotland intends to develop a demonstration site and so approached Paths for All who have developed two sites, Oatridge Agricultural College and Battleby, over the last few years. Their sites are used as training venues with examples of gates, bridges, path surfacing, and retaining structures on show.
Clackmannanshire Council had a suitable site on the Devon Way between Alloa and Tillicoultry near Fishcross and was willing to work with the national agencies on developing the project. Sustrans with their extensive knowledge of shared use routes provided the expertise to the delivery of the project.
The path will use differing materials to showcase surfaces that are suitable for active travel and will demonstrate techniques to help deal with the removal of conflict issues. In addition the path design will address access control, on-route mapping and information, signing and monitoring and will have an on/off road crossing facility.
The development of the path will act as a training and information project for professionals and practitioners. All parties will use the venue as a training location and information will be disseminated to the wider professional field via information sheets and leaflets.
Peter Leslie presented the first training days on the 6th and 7th of October 2010 and was aided by Clary Elliott of Sustrans and Alan Murray of Clackmannanshire Council. The event was attended by 38 practitioners with the morning session taking place indoor using workshops and presentations prior to visiting the demonstration site in the afternoon. The presentation is available online and if you have any questions on the demonstration site then please contact Peter Leslie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The demonstration site is due to go to construction in December and if you wish to learn more about the proposed surfacing or are interested in attending the next round of workshops then email Peter Leslie.