A hub of public support for Hunters Hall cycling

The Council has received overwhelming public support for proposals to create a cycling up in Hunters Hall.

A public consultation has been underway since May 2014 on the Council’s proposed cycling hub. Of the 707 responses received, 91.2% welcomed the development of new cycling facilities.

The options which have been developed and reported to date would include removal of the outdoor velodrome at Meadowbank, as reported to this Committee in May. The outdoor velodrome proposed for Hunter’s Hall Park would potentially replace that facility. A report on the survey results will be put to the Culture & Sport Committee on 16 December and a recommended cycling facility mix will be discussed.

Responding to a blog post by cyclist Callum Skinner, who is keen to see an indoor velodrome built in the city, Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener of Culture and Sport, commented: “We’ve had overwhelming support for a cycling hub in Hunters Hall, with more than 90 per cent of people telling us new facilities for cycling would be welcome.

“We know that cycling in Edinburgh is on the increase, and that we live in one of the fastest growing cities for cycling to work*, but we are lacking in dedicated cycling sports facilities. Hunters Hall is a project that I believe would tackle that. We want as many young people as possible to be given the opportunity to learn how to cycle confidently in a safe environment, while being excited by the prospects cycling abilities can bring.

“We have £1.215m of funding set aside for this project so we must be realistic in our vision. We need to find an affordable solution that supports the majority of cyclists and learners."

Find out more about the proposals here

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