Spaces for people

Keeping people safe and supporting business recovery

As the Covid-19 situation has developed, residents have contacted us about making more space for exercise and for key workers to travel safely on streets. We’re not alone - across the world, cities are adapting streets to make it easier for people to keep a safe distance.

We have been awarded £5m of funding from Sustrans to make temporary changes to our streets as lockdown is gradually lifted. To make it easier and safer for people to move around our streets, these changes to our pavements, pathways and roads will create space for everyone, whether they are

  • walking
  • cycling
  • using a wheelchair or other mobility equipment
  • using a pram.

We also need to support our businesses to re-open and adapt to a new way of operating such as space on pavements for queuing at a safe distance.

Edinburgh residents have made more than 4100 suggestions for creating more space to walk, cycle and wheel during the ongoing coronavirus crisis on the Commonplace interactive map. Your comments and ideas for making streets more accessible and welcoming are helping to inform existing measures and more plans coming forward over the coming weeks and months.