Spaces for People

Spaces for People

Improving people’s health through active travel

NHS Lothian secured funding through Sustrans’ Spaces for People programme to design and build temporary infrastructure to support active travel and physical distancing during COVID-19. The funding was also for the delivery of a behaviour change project to encourage more hospital staff, patients and visitors to travel actively. ELGT was asked to manage the behaviour change element of this project. The funding was spread across four main hospital sites, the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh (RIE), Western General Hospital (WGH), St John’s Hospital (SJH) and East Lothian Community Hospital (ELCH).

A big thank you to @greenspacetrust @ELHFfunds @IanMack202 @Edinburgh_CC and @SustransScot for making our #BeBrightBeSeen event a success at today's #WellbeingWednesday! We are dedicated to keeping our staff safe on their commutes this winter! NHS Lothian

Funded by: Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation, Sustrans


  • 106 people attended 8 online Dr Bike sessions
  • Be Bright, Be Seen (BBBS) (City of Edinburgh Council campaign) freebies given to 2 hospitals (RIE and WGH) along with promotion of the campaign
  • 3,000 active travel guides created for ELCH and WGH
  • 20 people got their bike marked at the RIE and WGH bike marking event
  • 8 people have attended the in-person Essential Cycling Skills session at the Western General Hospital. Three other hospitals are due to have their session in May and June.
  • Promotion of Just Eat’s 4-week cycle hire scheme and Sustrans’ Active Commute Club
  • Assistance in the creation of a Bicycle User Group at the ELCH.


  • Encouraging active travel at NHS sites
  • NHS community engagement
  • Improve mental and physical wellbeing
  • People learning new skills