Guidance on making Spaces for People measures permanent is now available to download

Spaces For People

Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, the new programme aims to enable statutory bodies to implement measures focused on protecting public health, supporting physical distancing and a reduction of virus transmission.

Walking, wheeling or cycling in fresh air is not only positive for physical health, but also helps people feel connected in times of isolation, and can allow communities discover their neighbourhood.

A briefing prepared for Sustrans by Ali MacDonald, Organisational Lead for Active, Healthy Environments, Public Health Scotland can be found here.

We engage with external stakeholders to ensure our support values the different needs of different groups

 £30 million of funding is available to support local authorities and statutory bodies respond to Covid-19

Responsive to individual and local needs with quick implementation of temporary measures

We are able to provide 100% funding with full design and delivery support available for partners


A total of £38 million was distributed to local authorities, NHS Trusts and regional transport partnerships in 2020, along with additional support from our engineers, designers and support staff as requested. A full list of bodies which have received Spaces for People funding can be found below. Sustrans is continuing to support delivery of additional measures across Scotland until May 2021.

Some local authorities have identified individual measures which they believe provide a high net benefit to the local community, and have requested guidance on how temporary projects can be made permanent. Working with Transport Scotland, we have created the guidance document A Route Map To Permanence. This outlines the considerations needed where there is ambition to turn Spaces for People measures into permanent infrastructure, including public consultations, statutory requirements and upgrade of temporary or semi-permanent measures to ensure longevity.


If you have feedback on a specific Spaces for People measure or wish to see a measure considered for permanence, please contact your local authority, transport board or NHS trust directly.

Funding Announcements

 Lead organisation                                                                                                          Awarded amount
Glasgow City Council
City of Edinburgh Council
Dundee City Council
Fife Council
The Highland Council
Aberdeen City Council
East Lothian Council
Perth and Kinross Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Scottish Borders Council
North Lanarkshire Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Argyll & Bute Council
NHS Grampian
Angus Council
Renfrewshire Council
West Lothian Council
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Inverclyde Council
East Ayrshire Council
Stirling Council
South Ayrshire Council
West Dunbartonshire Council
North Ayrshire Council
Clackmannanshire Council
Aberdeenshire Council
Midlothian Council
NHS Lanarkshire
Falkirk Council
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Moray Council
NHS Lothian

Assessment Criteria

All applications were assessed against the following criteria:

  • Protecting public health: Provide temporary walking and cycling infrastructure that helps to protect public health by enabling safe physical distancing for essential journeys and exercise for everyone, in particular where there are space constraints or user safety concerns.
  • Essential journeys: projects should focus on essential journeys including:
    • Journeys to and from hospitals and health services.
    • Journeys to shops, pharmacies and schools for key workers.
    • Journeys for recommended exercise, for example neighbourhoods and local parks.
  • Immediate delivery: Projects should be delivered quickly and provide a visible improvement that has an immediate benefit.

Contact the team

Get in touch to discuss a temporary measure for your local area