The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Farmers' Market. March 2008. Attribution: Renata Edge
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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Edinburgh community action, focuses on community action topics. Other Edinburgh pages include Community resources Edinburgh, and Edinburgh news.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Friends of the Earth Edinburgh on, added 14:16, 27 November 2023 (UTC)

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Edinburgh: A net zero capital by 2030
Authors: Edinburgh Council, Oct 25, 2021

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

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Given that Edinburgh is a small, relatively walkable city, travelling by foot is a common means of transport for the majority of citizens who live, work or visit the city. Like most urban zones, pedestrian density is at its highest in the commercial core of the city, where the majority of shops, businesses and offices are located, with pedestrian density tailing off rapidly through the inner city to the suburbs. In Edinburgh, pedestrian density is at its highest around Princes Street, George Street, Rose Street, the Royal Mile, the North and South Bridges as well as George IV Bridge. These are the areas where the majority of city centre shops are located, as well as bars, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions such as the Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace.

Unlike Glasgow, most of the city centre is not pedestrianised, with the exception of Rose Street (parallel to Princes Street), which is pedestrianised along its length. 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.

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Edinburgh Trams is a tramway in Edinburgh, Scotland, operated by Edinburgh Trams Ltd. It is an 18.5-kilometre (11.5 mi) line between Newhaven and Edinburgh Airport, with 23 stops.

A modern tram network for Edinburgh was proposed by Edinburgh Council in 1999, with detailed design work being performed over the next decade. Construction of the first phase, linking Edinburgh Airport with Newhaven, began in June 2008, but encountered substantial delays and cost overruns. During 2009, a 15-year contract held by Transdev to operate and maintain the tram network was cancelled. By mid 2010, cancellation of the whole project was being publicly considered; during the following year it was announced that the length of the tram network would be drastically curtailed. Prior to August 2011, the project was overseen by Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (TIE), a company wholly owned by Edinburgh Council; TIE was disbanded largely due to its failings on the project's delivery. The troubled construction of the Edinburgh Tram was subject to a lengthy formal inquiry, chaired by Lord Hardie, which concluded that failings by Edinburgh Council and its arms-length companies were largely to blame for the delays in construction.

On 31 May 2014, the tramway was officially opened to the public, but only between the airport and York Place. The service is operated by Edinburgh Trams Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for Edinburgh, in which the City of Edinburgh Council has a controlling interest. The service is equipped with 27 CAF Urbos vehicles. It runs at a seven-minute interval for most of the day, seven days per week. Fares and ticketing are integrated with Lothian Buses, with the same fares charged on both systems, except for services to the airport where the tram is more expensive.

Since the original opening of the tramway, various changes have been implemented. During December 2016, the Edinburgh Gateway tram stop, between Gyle Centre and Gogarburn, was opened to provide an interchange between Edinburgh Trams and the Fife Circle Line and Edinburgh to Aberdeen Lines. Following the council's approval for an extension of the line to Newhaven in March 2019, construction work commenced in November of that year, and was completed on schedule in June 2023, despite being delayed for three months by the coronavirus pandemic. As of 2024, an additional extension serving the north-south axis of the city was in the planning stage.

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The Union Canal was opened in 1822 and provides an inland waterway link from Edinburgh to Falkirk and from there to Glasgow via the Forth and Clyde Canal. It is currently owned by the public corporation Scottish Canals and chiefly used for leisure purposes.

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Bikes for Refugees founder honoured for pandemic work with bespoke The National Lottery bench
Authors: Beat Media Client, Nov 18, 2020
  • Bike for Refugees Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh Community Hubs. added 15:59, 7 November 2023 (UTC)
  • The Bike Station, charity bike shop that sells refurbished bikes and reinvesta into local community programmes across Edinburgh and Perth. link checked 11:57, 2 November 2023 (UTC)
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Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, was started in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1977 to campaign for better facilities for cyclists.

One of its first campaigns was for cycling to be allowed on Middle Meadow Walk (through The Meadows). After initial opposition, Edinburgh Corporation agreed. Since then Edinburgh's councils have gradually increased on and off-road facilities to encourage cycling. Pressure has been kept up by Spokes and its members.

Spokes has been actively involved in Safe Routes to School projects since 1996.

Spokes also publishes a cycle map for Edinburgh, and others for surrounding council areas.

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Since 1999 the percentage of all trips in 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. 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.

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Love Leith 2: Janet wins a cream tea in the Kirkgate for binning her litter
Authors: GreenerLeith, Dec 3, 2012

(GreenerLeith, Former charity now dissolved...[1])

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

Coasts[edit | edit source]

  • Edinburgh Shoreline, "community centred initiative celebrating the city’s 27km coastline, and around the rest of the Forth." added 14:24, 27 November 2023 (UTC)

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Creating Community Corner Plots In Granton, Beechgrove: Mucking In, BBC Scotland
Authors: BBC Scotland
Date: 2021-11-07

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

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Share and Repair Network - Meet the 'Edinburgh Remakery'
Authors: Circular Communities Scotland, Oct 20, 2023

The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair. The shop sells refurbished computers and furniture, and hosts workshops where people can come along and learn how to repair their own things. There's a big vision behind it: "we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people use and dispose of resources, encouraging manufacturers to build things to last and to be fixable, and making sure the facilities are in place to allow people to repair and reuse."

Meet the fixers starting a repair revolution
Authors: Possible, Apr 10, 2017

Sharing[edit | edit source]

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Share and Repair Network - Meet 'Edinburgh Tool Library'
Authors: Circular Communities Scotland, Feb 20, 2023
  • News Edinburgh is a hotbed of community self-empowerment - with the Edinburgh Tool Library showing the way, The Daily Alternative (Mar 14, 2023)

Edinburgh Tool Library

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

The Welcoming, 2021 Winner, UK Green Communities Award
Authors: Ashden, Nov 4, 2021
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Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty also known as ECAP, is a left-wing organisation which aims to be a solidarity network for working-class people particularly the unemployed and disabled. It is independent from government and operates by direct democracy.

It is one of many similar claimants groups set up with similar political purposes.

ECAP's website hosts benefit advice and articles about the group's activities.

The group has frequently been involved in opposition to benefit sanctions, opposition to workfare and fighting for the right to be accompanied at jobcentres ECAP has drawn inspiration from the advocacy of the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network and supported their member Tony Cox during his trial.

ECAP have held presentations alongside speakers like Lynne Friedli and the IWW.

Its affiliate, Edinburgh Claimants has been acting as an independent advocacy group and claimants union since the 1980s as part of the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre. It has been based at the autonomous centre of Edinburgh since 1997.

ECAP is a member of the Action Against Austerity network and signatory to "From Yes to Action"

The group is featured in the end credits of Ken Loach's film I Daniel Blake due to its role in helping script writer Paul Laverty with researching the film.

About Edinburgh[edit | edit source]

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. It is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

Edinburgh is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The official population estimates are 488,050 (2016) for the Locality of Edinburgh and 1,339,380 (2014) for the city region. Edinburgh lies at the heart of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region.

The city is known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world's largest annual international arts festival. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. W

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