Spaces for People

We are determined to re-allocate road space for walking and cycling as a mode of transport: vital because of reduced public transport services.

Our bid to Sustrans

Here are details of our first bid to Sustrans Scotland, the walking and cycling charity. Sustrans manage the Spaces for People programme for the Scottish Government. 

The proposals

These involve changes to roads, streets, foot and cycle paths for the duration of the pandemic crisis. This is an emergency response, and we can only bid for temporary measures. The priorities are social distancing, and routes to work and school.

Second bid

We are now working on a second bid. Any suggestions not taken into account in the first raft will be included (several are from community councils). We will assess all suggestions. 

Our permanent infrastructure plans will progress as crisis restrictions ease. Please look at our Active Travel Strategy showing the priorities for permanent walking and cycling infrastructure in Midlothian.


The following projects from the proposals listed above have been approved for funding:

  • Improved social distancing in Midlothian through cut back vegetation
  • Temporary covid-19 measures at 4 Midlothian town centres
  • Easthouses Road to Waterfall Park, Dalkeith
  • Eastfield Industrial Estate to Beeslack High School Link Development
  • Social distancing signs to encourage correct behaviours on our paths
  • Dalkeith to Pathhead covid-19 rural cycle route

The other projects have been rejected for funding.

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