Over the past year Living Streets Scotland has been working on a project in four communities across Scotland, supporting communities and local authorities to introduce 20mph areas.

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20mph - more than signs

To help those working on 20mph in the future to think about how they introduce 20mph, who they need to involve and the issues they need to consider, we’ve developed a toolkit.

Download our Low Speed Communities Toolkit - pdf

Review of practice

We looked at the current practice in introducing 20mph in Scotland, and what it tells us about the action needed to successfully implement a lower speed limit.

Download our Review of Current Practice - pdf


Read about what we learned from working with five communities in Scotland to help them secure lower speed streets, including lessons for other areas and future projects.

Download our evaluation - pdf

The chances of a pedestrian dying as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle decreases hugely at slower speed.



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Increasingly communities across Scotland are concerned about the speed of traffic in their streets.

Communities like Dunbar in East Lothian have campaigned effectively for a 20mph limit in most of their town – and the local authority has worked with them to make this happen.

Our Lower Speed Communities project worked with communities and local authorities to look at:

  • how to get more people supporting 20mph areas
  • how local people can be involved in agreeing which areas should be 20mph
  • how to work with car drivers to get them to reduce their speed
  • how to work with schools on walk to school routes or walking buses
  • setting up walking and cycling groups to take advantage of lower speed streets.

Communities we worked in

Case studies

We produced case studies of areas which have successfully introduced 20mph, and the lessons from these projects.