Proposed cycle lane to link east and west of city

The Council is set to begin consultation on proposals for a major cycle route linking the east to the west of the city.

If approved by Councillors, plans for a ‘family-friendly’ cycleway between Roseburn and Leith Walk will be put to the public for feedback.

One Tuesday (27 October), members of the Transport and Environment Committee will consider proposals to consult on the suggested route, which runs through the city centre via George Street.

The high quality cycleway, which includes sections of segregated lanes on main streets, would plug a gap in the cycle network and link to the city’s off-road paths.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “This route is key to our commitment to ensure safe and easy cycling across the city, and will provide an essential link to our extensive network of routes.

“I look forward to hearing what the public think of our proposals and would encourage anyone interested to submit their feedback.”

Proposals for the route follow a series of workshops with stakeholders, including community members, cycling groups and businesses, as well as engagement with the city’s Transport and Active Travel forums.

Aiming to provide safer, more direct access by bike to key destinations around Edinburgh, the project would also deliver improvements to the street environment for other users, particularly pedestrians.

Project consultants predict an increase of approximately 90% in cycle use in the corridor served by the route, amounting to a 16% increase in overall cycle use in the city if it was delivered.

Work is currently underway to investigate funding options for the scheme, which would tie into several other major projects including Leith Walk improvements, the remodelling of Picardy Place and George Street public realm enhancement.

It is now proposed to undertake a full public and stakeholder consultation on the plan, which would encompass a series of drop in sessions at venues along the route, briefings to various groups and an online survey.

Find out more about the Roseburn to Leith Walk cycle route on the Council website.

Plans for consultation will follow approval of the suggested route by Transport and Environment Committee.

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