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Edinburgh launches online mapping tool for safer travel

The public can use the Commonplace platform to share suggestions for creating safer spaces for walking, cycling and wheeling as the current lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted.

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The tool will help Edinburgh council to better shape its plans for safer travel
The tool will help Edinburgh council to better shape its plans for safer travel

Edinburgh is launching an online mapping tool that enables people to share suggestions for creating safer spaces for walking, cycling and wheeling as the current lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted.

 

The public can use the Commonplace platform to highlight specific areas on an interactive map and provide feedback on barriers experienced, as well as identifying improvements.

 

Ideas sharing

 

Edinburgh City Council said, along with the ideas citizens have already shared, the information will help shape its efforts over the coming weeks and months.

 

The launch of the tool follows the announcement of a package of measures last month to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclist move around the Scottish capital more safely, which include road closures, widened pavements and segregated cycle lanes.

 

As well as the need to provide extra space, the council said its proposals recognise a rise in active travel since lockdown began and aim to facilitate this as the phased lifting of lockdown continues.

"This new tool is a great opportunity to involve the very people who use our streets to help shape our plans"

It has been granted £5m Transport Scotland Spaces for People funding, administered by the UK walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, to help deliver measures to achieve this.

 

“We’ve seen a real increase in cycling and walking since the beginning of lockdown and we want to help this to continue as we return to a sense of normality,” said councillor Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener.

 

She added: “We’ve already had an incredibly enthusiastic response from residents who also want to see calmer, safer conditions maintained as we return to normal. This new tool is a great opportunity to involve the very people who use our streets to help shape our plans."

 

Informing plans


Responses received through the Commonplace platform will be recorded and used to inform plans, though temporary interventions that will have the greatest benefit to public health and can be delivered in a short timeframe will be prioritised. The website will close for comments on 29 June.

 

All measures that are introduced will be closely monitored and refined or adapted in response to any issues, where necessary.

 

The design process for any intervention will consider all road users, particularly people with mobility or visual impairments, and will seek feedback from organisations including RNIB, Edinburgh Access Panel and Living Streets.

 

The interactive map and comments can be viewed here.

 

 

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