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.
“ 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. ”
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.