‘Our Streets’ makes way for Open Streets !

It’s been a good 18 months for Our Streets in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Way back in November 2017, we were really (really!) unhappy with Our Streets.

So we decided to do something about it.

We published Our Streets. Written by Bill Cowan, this summarised what residents, workers and visitors were having to put up with, on the streets of Old Town in 2017. We didn’t even include the worst case examples or unusual events !

Here’s a chronology of what happened next.

Our Streets featured in The Scotsman.

Sam Piacentini was interviewed on BBC’s Reporting Scotland.

Janet Dick took part in a debate on STV’s Scotland Tonight.

The City of Edinburgh Council banned A-Board advertising in November 2018.

They undertook a low emission zone consultation in the same month.

In March 2019, the City Council published proposals to pedestrianise some of Our Streets on the first Sundays in May, June and July.

The first of these Open Streets events took place today and what an occasion it was ! Tens of thousands of people enjoyed walking on the streets in Grassmarket, Victoria Street, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cockburn Street and Canongate. The were opportunities to meet neighbours, participate in The Place Standard, play badminton, practice yoga and much more.

Not everything is perfect in Old Town, but we are moving in the right direction.

Edinburgh Old Town Community Council extends a big thank you to everyone who made today’s Open Streets event possible.

How the media reported Open Streets :

Traffic-free days begin in Edinburgh city centre BBC News

Edinburgh streets for traffic-free to reduce air pollution STV News

In pictures: Edinburgh’s first Open Streets day The Scotsman

The best pictures from the first ever Open Streets Edinburgh Edinburgh Evening News

In pictures: Edinburgh enjoys traffic-free Sunday as part of Open-Streets initiative The Glasgow Herald

Edinburgh shuts out motorised vehicles for Open Streets day The National

Edinburgh streets shut to traffic in move to cut air pollution SKY News

In pictures: Edinburgh’s roads transformed into peaceful pedestrian walkways in Open Streets day EdinburghLive

Edinburgh city centre goes car-free to combat air pollution The Independent

Edinburgh closes roads in city centre to cut air pollution The Guardian

Shoppers take part in open-air yoga classes and play giant chess on the street as Edinburgh bans all vehicles from the city centre in a crackdown on pollution Daily Mail

Streets in Edinburgh closed to vehicles to cut air pollution Belfast Telegraph

Parts of Edinburgh to be closed to traffic once a month in drive to reduce air pollution Evening Standard

Traffic-free days have begun in Edinburgh city centre Cycling Weekly

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