Climate Friendly Aberlady

Reducing Household Energy

How we travel

Individuals and households account for 70% of Scotland’s consumption-based emissions. Nearly one-third of these are down to how we travel.

The Scottish Government’s sustainable travel hierarchy therefore encourages us to walk, cycle and use public transport more often in preference to single occupancy car use.

Scotland’s Sustainable Travel Hierarchy*

*courtesy of the Transport Scotland

Aberlady is surrounded by countryside and seaside. A haven for walking and cycling perhaps but we also have rising levels of traffic, so much so that our main road is a major traffic artery rather than a conservation village street. Speeding is becoming more frequent and a further 107 new homes are planned for the Aberlady West housing development.

Local discussions on initiatives which could help stem the tide include:

  • a 20 mph zone for the village.
  • off-road cycleways from Aberlady to Ballencrieff and Longniddry for travel to school or the train station.
  • safe routes to school for our pupils.
  • encouraging commuter or business traffic to avoid the coastal route through our village.

Together these would help create an improved and safer village environment. What else can we do?

Hopefully, the new East Coast Buses service will be much more reliable than First Bus.

The informal community taxi service for those travelling late seems to be popular. To what extent could this be widened to a car sharing commute to Longniddry rail station?

The Benefits of Cycling and Walking

Save money

Apart from walking, cycling is the cheapest way to travel. It is far cheaper per mile than public transport or driving. While it may not be practical for every journey, the local journeys most suited to cycling are also the worst for your car, your bank balance and the environment. By cycling to your destination, you also remove the need for parking charges.

Save yourself some time

62% of all journeys we make are between 1 and 2 miles, and nearly 75% are under 5 miles. As the greatest desire to make these journeys is at “rush hour”, this means that the time when most people want to travel is the very time we move the slowest. A cyclist can easily average 10 miles an hour, even when the streets are congested. A half hour drive to work can often be easily completed in under 15 minutes by bike.


Being in a car exposes you to around 25% more pollution. Cycling and walking are ideal, low impact activities even if you’ve not been able to take exercise regularly. They boost your immune system and people who cycle to work regularly enjoy the wellbeing of people ten years younger!

Days out!

Looking beyond our village East Lothian and Scotland have thousands of beautiful places which can be enjoyed even more by bike. Cycling (at a level similar to a gentle stroll) on a pleasant afternoon can let you explore 5 or 6 villages with cafe stops and tourist attractions or to tour a country park.