Safe walking and cycling - coronavirus

Changes to make it safe for everyone

The way we move around the city has changed significantly over recent weeks. It’s clear that we need to make some changes to our roads at the moment so that everyone can keep their distance and stay as safe as possible.

We’ve been working closely with the Scottish Government and Sustrans to make changes to our roads. We are putting in place several changes to help people who are

  • walking
  • running  
  • cycling
  • using wheelchairs, prams and so on

to travel safely while keeping physically distant from each other.

The Council has been awarded £5m - half of the original £10m Places for Everyone funding from Sustrans - to put in place measures to make it easier and safer for people to move around our streets as the phased lifting of lockdown continues. We've already put some immediate measures in place which are welcomed by many.

Share your suggestions

Over recent weeks, we've received many suggestions for road closures, widened pavements, segregated cycle lanes and other possible actions from across the city. You can now join in the conversation with your suggestions and comments on our new Commonplace interactive map, in partnership with Sustrans. You can plot your ideas on the map as well as see and like other people's ideas and comments. If you've already sent us a comment, you don't need to resubmit them on the interactive map.


All responses received will be recorded and used to inform plans. We will prioritise temporary interventions that will have the greatest benefit to public health and can be delivered in a short timeframe. The interactive map will close for comments on 29 June.

While we welcome every response, we won’t be able to deliver all the improvements suggested, with any work dependent on available funding, procurement of materials and the availability of contractors. We’ll share information on schemes that have been suggested alongside those that are being progressed.

How we are prioritising changes

The key focus is on

  • routes to and from hospitals, health services, shops, pharmacies, schools for key workers, to local neighbourhoods and parks for exercise
  • areas where access to a car and/or public transport is limited.