A main St Andrews street is going car free on Saturday as the town marks World Car Free Day for the first time ever.
Market Street will be off limits to the majority of motor vehicles between 9am and 5pm as those behind the event play their part in a global initiative aimed at encouraging cleaner modes of transport.
Event organisers included Fife Council and the Transition University of St Andrews, as well as the Business Improvement District (BID) St Andrews, while lead organisers, the St Andrews Space for Cycling (SASC) group, hope to one day see their town become the most cycle friendly in Scotland.
“This is a taster of what life could be like when we live in a truly walkable city,” explained SASC chair Tony Waterston.
It is also thought the day’s activities will also raise the prospect of possible pedestrianisation in parts of St Andrews – something which has long been talked about but has divided opinion.
Local councillor Brian Thomson said he hopes events such as the Car Free Day will help gauge the level of public feeling towards pedestrianisation.
“I’m personally very keen see pedestrianisation introduced in parts of St Andrews town centre – princiaplly in Market Street – in order to work towards creating a walking town centre, which would be free from congestion and pollution, and bring about health benefits,” he said.
For more, read Monday’s Courier.