Inspiring Innovation - Walk Hack

Walk Hack

Why Walk Hack?

Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding was awarded to the City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership by Paths for All to come up with innovative new ways of inspiring people to walk around Scotland's capital city.

We chose to develop an idea that would

  • Encourage people to learn about different ways of approaching challenges
  • Get people to meet new people and make connections/networks
  • Come up with innovative creative solutions

So what is Walk Hack?

An innovative two-day event was hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership in October 2015, to encourage local citizens to come up with innovative new ways of inspiring people to walk around Scotland's capital city.

More than 60 people attended the free hack, facilitated by service design agency Snook, to hear talks from specialists in behaviour change, public space and transport design, and to learn more about the challenges faced to encourage people to get around on foot.

A further development day was held in January 2016, to look at the viability of the projects and plan how they could be trialled, monitored and evaluated.

Have a look at the photos of the event:

or browse #WalkHack for inspiration.

And here is some information about the projects:

Project Name

Project Hashtag

 Project Description

HQ - Closes


Making the Closes off the Royal Mile more attractive thorough fares through community engagement, cleaning up and lighting

True Walk


An app for walkers that conveys the 3D nature of the city centre of Edinburgh



Installing frames, mirrors and signs in key selected locations in the city centre as means to get people to explore their city more and with new perspectives

Walking Station


A number of walking shelters in the city centre which incorporate real-time weather information

Playable City


A simple low cost tool kit for schools and school children to identify features of interest on their walk to school

Play Out Grassmarket!


A temporary shelter in the Grassmarket for family-orientated activities and residencies

The CCNP and Sustrans Scotland are now working with the teams to see what can happen next. This is partly about prototyping some of the projects but also seeing how we can use the new learning and networks that have developed.