A volunteer from Edinburgh Living Streets Group has been recognised for his work to help make Edinburgh’s streets better and safer places for pedestrians.
David Hunter was named Path for All’s Active Travel Volunteer of the Year 2019 at the Scottish Parliament earlier this month (10 September), where he was presented with his award by BBC presenter Fiona Stalker and Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.
David’s extensive voluntary work has included street audits to identify barriers to walking that people were facing when using Edinburgh’s streets. The audits found that pavement clutter caused obstructions for residents, workers and visitors to the city; being particularly problematic for vulnerable pedestrians including those with mobility issues or living with sight loss. The audits led to Edinburgh City Council enforcing a ban on A boards, coming into effect in November 2018.
Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland said:
“Our volunteers are vital to Living Streets’ success, so we are thrilled that David’s work has been recognised. David has done so much for the city to make it more accessible for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy."
Banning A-boards is by far the most progressive walking measure ever introduced by the council – and it came as a result of David’s tenacity and hard work combined with his ability to bring together the right people with his infectious passion for safer streets.
Ian Findlay CBE, Chief Officer, Paths for All said:
“Getting outside and going for a walk is so valuable for our own personal health and for the health of our planet, so it’s very important to take the time to thank volunteers like David whose selfless efforts are making this easier and safer for others around him.
“It’s inspiring to think that, collectively, our volunteers who are invested in making walking a bigger part of daily life are helping to incite important behavioural change.”