Introducing Sustaining Choices
The Sustaining Choices project is funded through Paths For All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund. The project will take place in 9 locations across Scotland and will help to develop an increased evidence base to support sustainable transport interventions and build engagement capacity at a local level.
What will the Sustaining Choices project do?
Sustaining Choices will support economically disadvantaged and isolated communities in urban and rural Scotland who currently underutilise, or have poor access to, sustainable transport and active travel opportunities. The project will help to develop an increased evidence base to support sustainable transport interventions, and will focus on those communities that don’t have an evidence base to help make decisions to promote sustainable transport in their area. A focus will be placed on those seldom heard in the planning system, who may most benefit from the increase in active travel solutions.
PAS will support communities to address sustainable travel aspirations by providing impartial and technical knowledge to create unique action plans that encourage conversations about opportunities for walking and cycling. Using the Place Standard Tool to initiate conversations around place, and with the emphasis on moving around to ensure that ideas and aspirations can be embedded in the action plans, we will establish a network of community facilitators. Through awareness raising workshops with key decision makers and elected representatives, we will sustain ongoing engagement and behavioural change beyond the duration of this project. We have experience of facilitating intergenerational dialogue to ensure all ages are involved, leading to action plans owned by the whole community.
We are working with communities in the 9 locations to address sustainable travel aspirations to create unique transport focused action plans in a number of ways:
- Using our engagement skills programme, SP=EED®, PAS will train Community Facilitators in each location in effective community engagement skills. (December 2020)
- Stakeholder events will be conducted to ensure that key decision makers, including elected representatives, will be aware of the project and how they may support any outcomes. (January/February 2021)
- Community Facilitators will use the Place Standard Tool to initiate conversations around place, with the emphasis on moving around and sustainable transport. (January – April 2021)
- Output from Place Standard conversations will be used to inform a set of ideas, actions and aspirations which will be used in a final event in each location to develop a draft Action Plan. (April – June 2021)
- A final Action Plan will be produced, outlining what needs to happen, where and when. (July – August 2021)
A key outcome for Sustaining Choices will be the development of community engagement capacity at a local level, to inform the action plan and future decision making. Community Facilitators will play a vital role in coordinating engagement in their community during the course of this project by:
- Becoming experts in community engagement through PAS SP=EED Verification.
- Identifying key stakeholders and informing the planning of the engagement process to ensure everyone in the community is heard.
- Conducting conversations with community members using the Place Standard Tool.
- Supporting the delivery of a final event, and the publishing of a final Sustainable Transport Action Plan for their community.
For more information contact Paul Ede, Project Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Bishopbriggs / Auchinairn
- Kinning Park
- Peterhead North
- West Fife Valley
- Wester Hailes
A special thank you to Eoghan Howard of Wester Hailes Community Trust for producing the map graphic which includes each of our 9 project locations.