Street design in Scotland

Local residents at a community event, working to redesign the streets where they live and travel.

New street name signs with colourful flower designs laid out on ground

Residents loved the new, colourful street signs.

Three people looking at a street design proposal

Residents' opinions and ideas were an integral part of the street design upgrades.

Two residents stand outside their house with street design flower painting on corner of house

The new street designs really brightened up the community

Pictures of shoes on a long brick wall

We have been working in partnership with local authorities across Scotland.

We’ve been working in partnership with local authorities, communities and schools across Scotland to improve neighbourhoods through our street design projects.

Streets with lower traffic volumes and lower traffic speeds feel safer and more pleasant and are likely to have high levels of active travel, outdoor play, and stronger social connections between residents.

Communities are usually disparaging of consultation, thinking it is informing not consulting. With this project I think they could see it was a true consultation and we were working with them (the residents) to jointly develop the project.

- Fife Council, Katrine Crescent Street Design Project

Four community led street design projects have been completed in Scotland. A fifth community led project encompassing an entire neighbourhood is underway in the Queen Street area of Dumfries. Statistics drawn from our recent work in Pathhead, Kirkcaldy demonstrate the following positive changes; 

  • 7.5% increase in the number of children cycling

  • 3.6% increase in the number of children scooting

  • 75% of residents surveyed think the street is pedestrian friendly (46% pre project)

  • 6.5% reduction in total traffic volumes

We are also working with local authorities, stakeholders and community groups on larger scale projects in Kirkintilloch and Dunblane. These projects will improve the quality of the public spaces for people walking and cycling, enhance accessibility, and improve the public realm.

Construction will commence in Kirkintilloch in January 2016 with construction commencing in Dunblane in June 2016.

Street design is funded by Transport Scotland, with match funding for delivery provided by Scottish Local Authorities and partner organisations.

Contact us to find out how we can work with you and your local community.

Find out more about our community led street design work.

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