On Friday, the Council launched a campaign encouraging everyone to be considerate of other people and follow Scottish Government guidance when enjoying their outdoor exercise and travel.
The press release which was published on Friday can be found here.
Increase in people using off-road paths and parks
Since restrictions were introduced to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been an increase in people using the city’s network of paths, as well as parks, as part of their daily exercise and for travelling to work or local amenities – with up to five times their normal use.
Data up to week five of lockdown shows increases on the Union Canal towpath, with 17% growth in pedestrian numbers at Harrison Park, whilst cycling numbers have grown by 76% at Wester Hailes. On the North Edinburgh Path Network at Rodney St, pedestrian numbers have grown by 14%, cycling numbers by 32%. At certain times of the week, especially weekends, much bigger increases have been recorded.
While it’s great that the routes are popular and well-used, we want to make sure that everyone can undertake and enjoy their daily exercise and travel in safety and comfort.
Paths for everyone code of conduct
The campaign will direct people to the Paths for Everyone section of the Council’s webpages, where we hope to be able to display information such as busy routes/times, coming from our pedestrian/cycle counter data. This aims to encourage people to use alternative routes if they can, or exercise at a less busy time. Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding for this project is gratefully received from Paths for All.
About the campaign
Temporary signage (example on the right: click the thumbnail to see the full-size image) will be rolled out this week, starting on the active travel network entry points, and signage in the parks will follow. We will be running a complementary social media campaign also, and we would really appreciate your support with sharing this content amongst your followers and networks.
There might be local issues that you are aware of where additional signs may help. Please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you all the best and thank you in advance for your support with our campaign.
‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ Programme Manager
Road Safety and Active Travel
Transport Networks, Place Development
The City of Edinburgh Council