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.


In the run-up to May's local elections, our Walking Cities campaign is calling on future council leaders to commit to making Edinburgh a world-leading walking city.

How to get involved

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We have prepared a handy guide to our campaign calls - download yours now.

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Put our calls to your local candidates at hustings or on your doorstep

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Use our template letter to write to your local newspaper and call for walking to be an election priority.

Download template letter

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Tweet your candidates about our calls - add @livingstreets and #walkingcities so we see it.

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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 mayoral and local election candidates 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