Have your say on cycle route plans for Marchmont to King's Buildings

A consultation is now live seeking people's views on new cycle route proposals connecting Marchmont with King's Buildings.

The route already attracts a significant number of cyclists, many travelling to, and between, the University of Edinburgh’s campuses.

The following proposals aim to improve conditions for them and to encourage more people to cycle along this corridor: 

• New on-street cycle lanes

• Extended hours for parking and loading restrictions, to reduce the amount of time that cycle lanes may be blocked by parked or loading vehicles

• Northbound (uphill) cycle lane on Kilgraston Road where it is too narrow for cycle lanes in both directions

• A new road layout in the area around Kilgraston Road/Grange Loan/Blackford Avenue and Oswald Road. This will help to reduce existing conflicts between vehicles and cyclists in this area (and improve pedestrian crossing opportunities)

• A trial of early start cycle signals at Blackford Junction is also proposed. This would give cyclists time to move off in advance of

general traffic, and would be the first time this has been used in the city.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: "If you live, work or study in this part of Edinburgh and are interested in how we can improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians alike, I'd urge you to have your say and complete our consultation." 

The consultation, which can be found at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/consultations, closes on 26 October 2014.

Plans will also be available to view at Newington Library, 17-21 Fountainhall Road, Edinburgh EH9 2LN, from 6 to 19 October inclusive.

The library is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.

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