Give your feedback on Roseburn to Leith walk cycleway proposals

Consultation is underway on a new cycle route proposed to link the east and west of the city.

The Roseburn to Leith Walk cycleway is planned to run through the city via George Street, plugging a gap in the city’s ‘QuietRoutes’ network.

On October 27, members of the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee agreed to begin a consultation on the route, which will run until 5 January.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “These proposals are hugely significant. We have an extensive network of cycle routes across the capital, but this European-style link would run right through the city centre.

“It will enable a big step towards making travelling by bike a realistic option for many more people as well as including important improvements for pedestrians and upgrades to the street environment. We’re very keen to hear what people think of the proposals.”

It is hoped the cycle route, which will form part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 and will be mostly segregated from traffic, will encourage use by people who aren’t confident using a bike in the city.

The Council will be bidding for funding support for the project from Sustrans and the Scottish Government to match its own budget commitment.

John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland’s National Director, said: “Sustrans Scotland welcomes the ambition of this proposal, which will provide a continuous link for bike journeys from the outskirts of the city into the centre.

“This route will be a game-changer for cycling in the city. The Edinburgh Bike Life survey published last month showed that, overwhelmingly, segregated bike lanes would help people – from those who don’t use a bike to experienced bike users – to start cycling or to cycle more.

“We’d strongly encourage anyone with an interest in getting around the city to let the Council know what they think.”

In addition to protected cycle tracks, proposed changes include cyclist and pedestrian priority at key junctions, public realm improvements and new or relocated, safer road crossings.

The public are now being invited to give their opinions on plans for the route, which has been in development over the last year. Project designers have built on feedback from workshops with input from Community Councils, cycling and pedestrian groups and transport operators, as well as from the city’s Transport and Active Travel forums.

A number of drop-in sessions are being held between 3pm and 8pm on the following dates:
  • Thursday, 26 November - Murrayfield Parish Church
  • Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - Haymarket Station
  • Tuesday, 8 December 2015 - St Andrew's and St George's West, 13 George Street, EH2 2PA
A separate consultation on a new path link from Roseburn to the Union Canal is also in progress, running until 5 January. The route would cross a railway line and Dalry Road on new bridges and West Approach Road, providing a direct and safe link and enabling easy access by bike.

A drop-in session with further details on this consultation will be held between 3pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 24 November 2015  at St Brides Community Centre.

Find out more about the Roseburn to Leith Walk and Roseburn to Union Canal cycle routes on the Council website.

Participate in the Roseburn to Leith Walk consultation.

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