Living Streets Scotland is pleased to announce a new project which will work in four communities across Scotland, supporting communities and local authorities to introduce 20mph areas.

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



1 in 5



1 in 40

Lower speeds mean fewer accidents and more opportunities for walking and cycling. The air is cleaner. There is less traffic noise. Children and older people find it easier to cross the road. Communities feel like better places.

Lowering speed is about safety - at 30mph there is a 1 in 5 chance of being killed; at 20mph there is a 1 in 40 chance of being killed.

But lowering speed is also about helping to redress the balance between walkers, cyclists and cars. And it helps to get us all a bit more active!

Residential streets are areas which have to both accommodate cars but also be a place where people walk to the local shops, exercise dogs, where children learn to ride bikes or residents commute to school or work.

However many communities now feel that cars – and the speed they drive at - are preventing people using the streets for walking and cycling. People feel wary about where to cross and there are increasing fears about safety when out walking.

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 will work 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.

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Barbara Allan