Cycle safety and training

Cycling safety and training

Safety around tram tracks

Read more about cycle and driving safety around tram tracks, including the new cycle lanes for turning right and how to give people on bikes more space.

New segregated cycle lanes on Leith Walk

At the end of October, cyclists on Leith Walk will also be able to use around 700m of segregated cycle lanes on the east and west sides of Leith Walk between Iona Street and Brunswick Street. This will offer a safe and continuous route separated from general traffic. These lanes go behind behind bus stops, leaving space for bus passengers and have clearly marked crossing points to allow passengers to cross to or from the stops. 

Watch the animated film showing how both these improvements will work, produced in association with Sustrans.

Two-stage right turn at Leith Walk and McDonald Road

The new two-stage right turn at Leith Walk and McDonald Road/Brunswick Place will be the first of its kind in Scotland and will be open at the end of October. It has been successfully used in London and other European cities.

It allows people on bikes - especially less experienced cyclists - to turn right safely, without waiting in the centre of the junction on Leith Walk.  

Cyclists travelling north on Leith Walk who want to turn right into Brunswick Road will follow advance signals at the traffic lights to be guided left into McDonald Road, where they'll be given a further advance signal to cross Leith Walk into Brunwick Road.

Safe cycling

Our Drive Safe Cycle Safe campaign aims to improve cyclist safety by raising awareness of

  • advanced stop line
  • the importance of being seen when cycling
  • risks of undertaking Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV).

If your route takes you close to a tram line please see our advice on cycling near trams.

Cycle skills training

Cycling lessons to get you started or improve your skills are available from the Bike Station. 

Cycling Scotland provides details of trainers and allows you to search for a trainer in your area. A good course to start with is essential cycling skills.  This helps build confidence with cycling on the road and basic repairing. You can download a free app to help you refresh your cycling skills.

Cycle training for school pupils is also available.

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