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Edinburgh launches Walk Hack

Walk Hack logo over some walking feet

Walk Hack encouraged citizens to come up with innovative new ways of inspiring people to walk around Scotland’s capital city

2 November 2015

An innovative two-day event was hosted by Sustrans Scotland and City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership, and facilitated by service design agency Snook last week, to encourage local citizens to come up with innovative new ways of inspiring people to walk around Scotland’s capital city.

More than 60 members of the public attended the free hack, to hear talks from specialists in behaviour change, public space and transport design, and to learn more about the challenges faced to encourage people to get around on foot.

3D maps, temporary QR code tattoos and an ‘anti-mapping’ campaign, which encourages people to be more aware of their surroundings, are just three of the prototype ideas developed from Edinburgh city’s first ever Walk Hack.

Participants were then asked to come up with ideas, which were developed into working prototypes within the space of a day, so they were able to get instant feedback on their solutions to the challenges put forward.

Sustrans Scotland Smarter Choices Coordinator, Cecilia Oram, said she was impressed with the range of prototypes put forward by attendees:

“From a playable city toolkit, which would be used by school children exploring the city, to electronic weather signs at bus stops, it’s clear that members of the public are brimming with ideas on how to make Edinburgh more pedestrian-friendly.

“It was also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the hack process and encourage people to make new connections and come up with new ideas.

“Our next step is to look at turning some of these prototype ideas into reality.”

Walk Hack was funded through Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding, made available to the Edinburgh City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership by Paths for All.