Future Streets

Our Future Streets: a circulation plan for Edinburgh

Photo of cyclist, wheelchair user and pedestrian using the new path layout at Edinburgh Bioquarter

Our Future Streets is our approach to  

  • provide suitable and safe space for all users on our streets
  • support people to make alternative travel choices that are easier, greener and improve our wellbeing 
  • provide a long-term approach for planning transport and place improvements across the city.

It was agreed by our Transport and Environment Committee on 1 February 2024. You can see the full Transport and Environment Committee agenda online as well as view the webcast or download a pdf of the report - Our Future Streets: A circulation plan for Edinburgh. The pdf is not accessible. If you need help with this, please email the team.

How Our Future Streets strategy guides us

It looks at our 

  • city centre 
  • key travel corridors 
  • neighbourhoods 

and helps us plan our streets so they work best. moving people around efficiently and making it easier to get things done.

Our representative market research has shown 

  • 82% support for making junctions and crossings easier and safer to walk or wheel, even where this may result in impacts to other ways of travelling
  • 61% of people agreed with the proposed expansion of the city’s cycle network

A key part of the strategy is making sure we provide a safer and more pleasant environment for activities such as

  • walking, wheeling or cycling to school
  • riding the bus to work
  • driving a blue badge holder to the shops
  • sitting outside a café
  • unloading a van or cargo bike of deliveries.

How we deliver Our Future Streets strategy

We have a Street Allocation Framework which provides a blueprint for how we can bring about positive changes to our city streets. It is the starting point for designing all future projects and helps us deliver a clear, coherent and efficient network for all travel modes, including general traffic. 

Find out more about the Street Allocation Framework.

How we will involve you in developing future streets 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and this is just the starting point.

As well as the Street Allocation Framework, each project will have its own specific local engagement and consultation plan. This means we can listen to the needs of individual streets, local communities and businesses while making sure plans fit with the wider strategic network of the city and regions. 

We also consult a wide range of partners and interested parties including

  • the emergency services
  • accessibility groups
  • public transport providers
  • local resident groups
  • local business groups and representatives
  • active travel groups
  • other local community groups, including Community Councils
  • local councillors

A selection of photos showing a City Mobility Plan engagement event with guests using a street planning toolkit.

An engagement event using a street planning toolkit.