Living Streets worked with Cycling Scotland to assess the conditions for walking and cycling around 29 social housing locations in Scotland.
Living Streets Scotland reviewed the sites and assessed their suitability for walking and cycling, considering whether it felt safe, practical and pleasant to walk and cycle around the 29 sites. This is part of Social Housing Fund partnership work between Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland and SFHA and Sustrans Scotland
The review considered:
This review found a number of common themes that create barriers to everyday walking and cycling.
Footways were often uneven and poorly maintained, and were often blocked by vehicles. Roads around the sites are dominated by cars, both in terms of the road layout and the need to cross main roads to get around.
Many sites are cut off from other nearby areas, by roads and by large areas of greenspace, which can be intimidating to walk and cycle through particularly after dark. Walking and cycling routes varied a lot between areas, meaning people walking and cycling face a range of good and bad conditions within many of the journeys they make.
As part of the review we also considered what good conditions for walking and cycling look like. We think, generally, good urban environments for walking and cycling:
You can download the main report below, and additional reports (including individual site reports) at the bottom of the page.
We are interested in improving conditions for pedestrians on the streets of our towns and cities. Poor conditions for pedestrians can have profound effects on health, wellbeing, and the simple practicalities of everyday life.
We’re offering our help and expertise to registered social landlords in Scotland, in connection with property you manage, to support you, your tenants, and other stakeholders:
Our support is free to you because it’s funded by the Social Housing Fund.
We can help in different ways, which we can discuss with you. These might include:
To find out more, please contact us and mark your email FAO Robert Weetman.