Princes Street for People
|Petition details||[This petition is submitted by Peter Hawkins in association with Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign].|
We request the Council to make Princes Street a place where people can move about, relax, shop, and enjoy this marvellous street in peace and safety; and where pedestrians, cyclists and trams co-exist well.
In particular, we request that Princes Street is freed of all motor traffic.
The Council can then develop the kind of Princes Street envisaged in the council's Jan Gehl report ...
• safe, welcoming and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists
• inclusive, catering for people of all abilities
• encouraging tourists to linger, shop, tell their friends, and return
• retaining public transport accessibility, by tram, nearby buses and possibly a free electric shuttle-bus
• with a high-quality 2-way cycle route linking adjacent cycle networks to each other and to the shops and pleasures of Princes Street
• increasing shop footfall, competing with Glasgow's pedestrianised streets
• developing a 'cafe culture'
• with garden and castle views uninterrupted by motor traffic
• not dominated by traffic noise and air pollution
• and eliminating the tramline cyclist crashes and injuries now occurring regularly.
The overall aim is a Princes Street with the sense of 'place' which it deserves as Scotland's premier street - where people come and spend time, safe and welcoming for active travel by foot and bike, and enabling Scotland's iconic street to achieve its full potential for residents and visitors alike. A vision in Edinburgh - but a reality already in many European cities.
|Petition Status||Petition Closed|
|Name of petitioner||Peter Hawkins|
|Petition Outcome||The Petitions Committee on 18 April 2013 agreed:|
1) To forward the petition for inclusion in the consultation undertaken as part of the ‘Building a Vision for the City Centre’ report agreed by the Transport and Environment Committee at their meeting 19 March 2013.
2) To note that this issue will be considered by the Transport and Environment Committee in due course.