Walking projects

Help us make the city better for walking

The Transport and Environment Committee and the Planning Committee recently approved the Edinburgh Street Design Guidance. More detailed fact sheets will be developed over the coming year and an online interactive guide will be issued this year. Good street design can make our public spaces more enjoyable and aims to improve pavements, remove obstacles and provide more seating. Plus better signs will help you find your way around the city more easily.

On foot by bike

The Council wants to ensure that pedestrians are represented better and we have established an Active Travel Forum to enable this. We are currently reviewing every street in Edinburgh to ensure that they are accessible for everyone. This includes identifying where better crossing facilities could be introduced, such as new dropped kerbs or tactile paving. We are also reviewing local high streets to identify improvements that will make places more walking-friendly. You can contact us with your suggestions for any street improvements.

There are plans for footway resurfacing in a number of streets, in the coming year, including:

  • Queensferry Street Lane
  • Hanover Street
  • Rossie Place
  • Montague Terrace
  • Ashley Terrace
  • Mound Place

Each year the Council invests in similar projects and in larger schemes such as Leith Walk and George Street.

Please report pavement problems, if you would like us to repair or replace something in your street.

Working with employers

Are you an employer, a member of a walking or community group? You can take a free course on what's needed to lead a walk run by Paths for All.

Download the NHS poster on why a walk helps at work for your workplace. You can also get involved by helping creating a workplace travel plan, or volunteering to become a Sustrans Active Travel Champion.

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