It’s painfully obvious that our streets and public transport networks are not fit for social distancing. This isn’t a particularly unique insight — from Pedal on Parliament to Living Streets, Boris Johnson to Michael Matheson, campaign groups and politicians from all major parties know it. On 28 April 2020, the Scottish Government announced a £10m ‘Places for People’ fund, reallocating part of an existing active travel budget to emergency measures to respond to COVID-19. Local authorities can bid for some of this money and, unlike some other schemes, won’t have to fund anything themselves as the scheme will cover 100% of costs. The scheme is managed by Sustrans. Local councils across Scotland have put forward various proposals and some have acted quickly to put in emergency measures. This post will analyse the plans for Edinburgh in their ‘Creating Safe Spaces for Walking and Cycling’ document, which is to be put to the ‘Policy and Sustainability Committee’ on 14 May 2020.
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