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Transform Scotland Members’ Session — Towards Active Cities: Scotland the Brave? (Stuart Hay, Living Streets Scotland)

Date: 28 June 2018
Location: Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR
Organised by: Transform Scotland

We’re pleased to be holding June’s Members’ Session on 28 June at our office in Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh.

This month we welcome Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland to present on the Active Cities.

Scotland has seen considerable progress in terms of national policies and growing national budgets for active travel. However, this has not yet translated into a transformation of our towns and cities. In most cases, transport at a local level is dominated by space for private motor vehicles. Dedicated space and infrastructure for cycling is rare and the quality and scope of pedestrian infrastructure compares poorly to space provided for motor vehicles.

The local situation contrasts sharply with national policies that promote a vision for active travel and safer more pleasant streets. Nor does Scottish practice match the scale and ambition of leading European and global cities that have adopted bold policies to reallocate space through transformative transport and the public realm.

The Glasgow Avenues project and Aberdeen City Centre Master Plan and potentially Edinburgh City Centre Transformation represent a major departure in how space for transport is provided within city centre areas. This talk discuses factors associated with the successful development of active cities and discusses how applicable these drivers are in a Scottish context and the prospects for further change.

The event is free to attend, but please reserve your space by emailing <>. If you have registered but can no longer make it, please let us know.