Planning, design & safety

Stealing Our Cities


Scotland's Futures Forum

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Planning, design & safety

Town centres / Urban

The Scottish Parliament’s think tank, Scotland’s Futures Forum, has published analysis which shows the large amount of space private cars take up in Scotland’s cities.
The aim of the project was to look creatively at the role of transport in climate change by assessing how much space is dedicated to private vehicles in comparison to other modes of transport in Scottish cities.

Key statistics

Between 34.5% and 41%
of space in Scotland's cities dedicated to cars
Using three case studies in Glasgow and Dundee, the study shows that space is overwhelmingly dedicated to the car: roads, car parks and on-street parking cumulatively account for the highest proportion of space at each site. Across each case study, space dedicated to cars ranged between 34.5% and 41%.

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