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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Community energy[edit]

Cycling activism[edit]

Since 1999 the percentage of all trips in the city of Edinburgh made by bicycle has risen by an eighth, however travelling by bicycle still accounts for less than 2% of all trips taken by Edinburgh residents, with bicycle use lower than in many other European cities such as Amsterdam or Paris. Like most cities cycling is seen as a clean, environmentally friendly method of transportation, which needs little space, the provision of few, inexpensive facilities as well as a means of attempting to cut down on traffic congestion.

At present there are around 75 km of off-road cycleways in the Edinburgh area, with a similar length on on-road cycleways in the city.[21] Greenways, which are the car-free bus corridors on the main radial routes into the city centre double up as cycle lanes.
Many improvements in facilities for cyclists in Edinburgh can be attributed to Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, formed in 1977. Attempts to make Edinburgh more "cycle friendly" have been made, particularly by Spokes. Some cyclists remain unconvinced that the promise of a "Model Cycle-Friendly City" has been achieved. W

Edinburgh Bike Station

Environment quality[edit]

Food activism[edit]

The Food Assembly - Edinburgh - Leith Food Assembly

Open spaces[edit]

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Edinburgh Remakery - Remade in Edinburgh


Edinburgh Tool Library

Social inclusion[edit]

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Walking: A section of the Royal Mile - one of the main tourist streets in Edinburgh - from the junction of George IV Bridge (Melbourne Place) to the junction with North Bridge, is pedestrianised through the use of automatic bollards which only give access to authorised vehicles. This is an area with pavement cafes and bars with tables outside. [1]

Edinburgh Trams, (Wikipedia)

News and comment[edit]


Edinburgh University divests from all fossil fuels, Feb 6 [2]


Every town needs a remakery, Mar 15 [3]


Final route for new Edinburgh cycle path given go-ahead, Dec 17 [4]

Edinburgh Tool Library: Creativity, Community, and Cutting Resource Use, February 8 [5]


Edinburgh's new Food Assembly launches in Leith, October 19 [6]

Community-owned solar panels to be installed in 25 Council buildings throughout Edinburgh. May 25 [7]

MSPs Mounted Electric Bikes to Launch eCycle - Edinburgh Colleges’ and Universities’ Green Transport Initiative, March 31 [8]

Campaigners hail Edinburgh's 20mph speed limit plan, March 11 [9]


Edinburgh Trams passenger service to begin May 31, 2014 [10]



Jun 17 - 18 The Power of Food Festival, weekend Festival celebrating community gardens in Edinburgh. Its purpose is to encourage greater societal wellbeing, environmental sustainability and social inclusion through the promotion of community food growing.


Jun 9 - 19 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling


Community resources[edit]

Edinburgh Tool Library


Edinburgh's Innertube Map

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Edinburgh



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  1. wikipedia:Transport in Edinburgh#Pedestrians
  2. The Guardian
  5. Shareable
  7. The City of Edinburgh Council
  8. SRUC
  9. The Guardian
  10. Edinburgh Trams, May 2,2014