Bike and shop thanks to new city cycle racks

Hundreds of cycle racks are set to be installed across Edinburgh as part of an ongoing project to increase bike parking.

The second phase of the scheme will see 233 racks – providing 466 spaces - put in place on some of the city’s key thoroughfares, including Princes Street, Leith Walk and Nicolson Street.

This follows the installation of 400 racks offering short term parking during 2016 in locations which were selected based on public feedback.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “We are absolutely committed to encouraging cycling as a healthy, sustainable and environmentally-friendly mode of transport in Edinburgh.

“The public have told us that access to parking is really important when considering travel by bike and that’s why we’re installing these brand new racks, which have already proven popular in the first phase of the roll-out.

“We now plan to introduce racks to some of the city’s most-visited streets to enable cyclists the opportunity to experience all that’s on offer by bike.”

The project will also see improvements made to Forrest Road, in partnership with the local neighbourhood locality, where work will be carried out to remove street clutter and reinstate trees in addition to new bike racks.

The initiative to increase bike parking has been jointly funded by Sustrans, who manage funding for Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport agency.

Amongst the new racks there will be 27 installed along Princes Street (providing 54 spaces), four on Elm Row and Leith Walk and two on the High Street section of the Royal Mile.

During 2016/17 the Council is spending  9% of its Transport budget on cycling, following a pledge in 2012 to increase the proportion by 1% each year – starting at 5% in 2012/13. 

Funding enables projects designed to encourage the take-up of cycling, such as the development of segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle safety infrastructure. It is estimated that the proportion of journeys made to work made by bike is currently 7.3% - up by around 50% since 2011.

Installation of bike racks is currently underway and will run until mid-March. 

Bike racks will be installed at:

Athol Crescent
Bernard Street
Birtwell Crescent
Blackford Pond (entrance)
Brandon Street
Conference Square
Craigentinny Avenue
Craiglockhart Terrace
Elm Row
Eyre Place
Gorgie Road
Great Stuart Street
Henderson Place
High Street
Leith Walk
Castle Terrace
Charlotte Square
Davidson Mains Main Street
Dalry Road
Junction of Dalry Road and Balgreen Road
Drum Street
Dundas Street
East Market Street
Falcon Avenue
Falcon Road West
Forrest Road
Frederick Street
Great Junction Street
Holyrood Road
Home Street (Lochrin Place)
Lothian Road
Main Street, Kirkliston
Marchmont Road
Melville Street
Montague Street
Moubray Grove
Nicolson Street
Orwell Place
Picardy Place
Princes Street
Rose Street
Saughtonhall Drive (western corner)
Shandwick Place
Shore, Leith
Spottiswoode Street
Station Road
St Johns Road
St Patrick Square
Turnhouse Road
Waterloo Place
Wemyss Place
Waverley Bridge

Find out more about upcoming cycling projects on the Council website.


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