Published: 1st JULY 2019

Places for Everyone

Sustrans Scotland provides advice, support and funding for the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. Funded by Transport Scotland, we’ve used our knowledge and experience to back hundreds of projects across Scotland since 2010.

The aim of Places for Everyone is to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys.

The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland and is administered by Sustrans.

Places for Everyone contributes to the Scottish Government’s aim for a healthier, environmentally sustainable nation with a strong economy and communities, as laid out in the National Performance Framework.


Applicants will receive direct access to our knowledge and experience, as well as benefit from our partnership approach that leads to better outcomes.

This way of working helps ensure that the projects we’re involved with achieve the best possible outcomes for communities across Scotland.

We can provide support at any stage in a project’s development, but encourage projects to express an interest in Places for Everyone as early as possible, so we can help guide you through the process.

Design Principles

In order to ensure all projects receiving funding make the largest possible impact, we have developed six design principles.

These are the minimum criteria for a successful Places for Everyone bid.

  1. Develop ideas collaboratively and in partnership with communities.
  2. Facilitate independent walking, cycling, and wheeling for everyone, including an unaccompanied 12-year old.
  3. Design places that provide enjoyment, comfort and protection.
  4. Ensure access for all and equality of opportunity in public space.
  5. Ensure all proposals are developed in a way that is context-specific and evidence-led.
  6. Reallocate road space, and restrict motor traffic permeability to prioritise people walking, cycling and wheeling over private motor vehicles.

All designs will be assessed against how well they achieve the design principles.

Additional Requirements

Infrastructure must be of a specification that will remain of high functional quality for at least 15 years and will accommodate both current and future needs.

All projects must be subject to Equality Impact Assessments and ecological appraisal.

Any predicted negative equalities or ecological impacts of the development must be mitigated and biodiversity enhancement should be delivered wherever possible.

Apply to Places for Everyone

Increasing demand for high-quality walking, wheeling and cycling routes and the creation of hundreds of temporary measures to allow for physical distancing during the pandemic means that our fund is currently oversubscribed.

We are focusing on making sure our current projects are fully funded to completion and we do not expect to be able to accept new applications for new projects until 2022.

Current partners can log into our online grant application portal to review previous applications or ongoing projects

Details on the application process for 2020-21 and the structure of the programme can be found in the Places for Everyone Application Guide 2020-2021. Updated application guidance will be published ahead of the fund reopening to applications.

Places for Everyone

Interested in making an application, or already have a project with us? Head over to our partner-focused website for relevant news and updates.

Find out more about Places for Everyone.

Funding Guidance

Download our match funding guidance to find out more. 

Award Process

Places for Everyone funding is awarded regularly.

Depending on the scale of your project, it may be assessed by the Places for Everyone Steering Group.

The group is made up of experts from across Sustrans Scotland and external partners with expertise in urban design, active travel and transport management before an award is made.

Ambitious projects seeking to deliver large-scale changes for their local area such as Glasgow City Council's South City Way are also assessed by the external Places for Everyone Panel.

It's made up of independent experts with experience in a variety of fields.

Full details of the award process can be found in our Application Guidance.


Meetings of the Places for Everyone Steering Group and Panel have been impacted by the pandemic. Please contact us at for more information on future meetings.



Take a look at some examples of the bold and innovative projects delivered through Places for Everyone please visit.


If you have any questions please email or phone 0131 346 1384.

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