National map of Scotland’s pavement widths

Esri supporting efforts to maintain social distancing in public places.

The map has already been taken up by over 30 local authorities, including Glasgow, Stirling and East Dunbartonshire.

Analysis has revealed that only 30% of the UK’s pavements are at least three metres wide, compared with 36% at two to three metres and 34% at less than two metres. This points to a serious challenge in following the Government’s guidelines on people keeping at least two metres apart in public.

The GB Pavement Width Indicator is based on Ordnance Survey’s MasterMap Topography Layer and was created using Esri’s ArcGIS mapping software.

It has been made available under the company’s Covid-19 Disaster Response Programme and is covered by the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.

Paul Clarke, head of Esri UK’s government practice, said: “The pavement map is designed to help local authorities and related organisations prioritise their efforts, to ensure the safety of the public, as lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased.