Published: 7th May 2019

The streets of central Edinburgh were vehicle-free on Sunday (May 5), as they became the first city in the UK to join the ‘Open Streets’ initiative to help cut air pollution. Traffic was banned in several streets in the Old Town including the Canongate, Cockburn Street and Victoria Street from 12 pm to 5 pm, and there was a series of events have been organised to celebrate the launch, including jazz performances, Tai Chi on the High Street, electronic bike trials on Victoria Street and the free use of Just Eat hire bikes. Open Streets in Edinburgh will take place on the first Sunday of every month as part of an 18-month trial, with closures based on a loop of streets in the Old Town, beginning with a short section of the loop and gradually building in scale over time. Transport and Environment Convener, Cllr Lesley Macinnes said: ‘We’ve seen how … (To read the full article, subscribe below)