Living Streets wants Edinburgh to be healthier, cleaner and less congested – by making walking safer, more pleasant and the easiest option for short journeys we can make change happen.


Our campaign is about conserving Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage site, and rethinking our public spaces.

There's a lot going on in Edinburgh - find out what and how you can get involved to make it a world-leading walking city.

Make Picardy Place Fitter For Walking

Picardy Place is a crucial part of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is already traffic dominated and pedestrians will suffer if proposals for a three-lane gyratory go ahead.

What needs to happen?

• The council needs to put people at the heart of their transport policy. This means a T-Junction, not a roundabout.
• The plans should make it easier for people to cross roads using direct routes and following desire lines.
• People and bike users need their own dedicated space
• Pavements need to be wide enough for people, pushchairs and people with disabilities.
• Public space needs to be protected and art work conserved. 

Please take two minutes to share your views through the Council’s consultation process for the Picardy Place area and help to make a real difference to this important part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site for generations to come.

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Council proposals for Edinburgh's Picardy Place

David Spaven of our Edinburgh Local Group says...

The current Picardy Place environment is highly sub-standard for walking, so investment in upgrading is welcome, but this should be done in a way which retains important public spaces – and without creating a new set of problems for people on foot.

A design that puts so much emphasis on traffic movement will inevitably compromise the convenience and safety of walking and cycling.

More on our Edinburgh Local Group

Our Edinburgh Group's position statement





These are our campaign aims in Edinburgh



  1. Transformed street management
  2. Much more investment in walking
  3. A comprehensive traffic plan
  4. Pedestrianise George Street
  • We need to change the way our streets are managed on a day-to-day basis, with a joined-up and transparent responsibility for looking after our streets, spotting faults and ensuring that they are fixed quickly.

  • We need to prioritise spending more on practical measures to help walking as a key component of a civilised public realm: such as better maintenance, junction improvements, more pedestrian crossings, renewal and widening of pavements. Unless we do this, the council’s pro-walking policies and Street Design Guidance are just talk.

  • Many streets in central Edinburgh are overwhelmed by traffic, especially large vehicles like coaches, bin lorries and HGVs. We can’t fix these problems street-by-street, but instead need a coherent and comprehensive plan for the whole city centre that strikes a better balance between people and traffic.

  • Edinburgh lacks a landmark pedestrianisation project – in stark contrast to almost any peer city in the world. There is a clear case to return George Street to people, rather than traffic, through an ambitious pedestrianisation scheme.

Living Streets' Scotland Manager, Stuart Hay, says...

Edinburgh is visually stunning, but its poorly maintained streets and pavements and lack of pedestrian areas let the city down.

Rival cities including Dublin, Oslo, Barcelona are taking traffic out the city centre and creating new places for walking and public life.

Bold proposals on walking are needed if Edinburgh is to maintain its status as a great place to live and visit.

Our Walking Cities Campaign

Living Streets is calling on the mayor and local councillors in a selection of major UK cities to pledge to make their cities healthier, cleaner and less congested by making our streets safe and inviting for everyone to walk.



Walking Cities