Space for everyone and keeping safe
Making space on the Union Canal and Water of Leith
From the feedback from residents on the Commonplace interactive map at the start of the pandemic and through other projects, we know people are worried about congestion and conflict between all the differnt users of the shared paths along the Union Canal and Water of Leith.
The temporary spaces for people measures on Lanark Road, Longstone Road and Inglis Green Road have been designed as an alternative route to cycling on those paths. We'll install protected cycleways on both sides of the roads. This will allow cyclists to avoid the narrow parts of the canal tow path, such as at the Slateford aqueduct, and give more space for people walking. It will also link in with other measures either in place or planned on Slateford Road and Dundee Street/Fountainbridge.
By providing an alternative route for safe travel, these temporary measures will
- reduce the potential for conflict and congestion
- create more space for people walking, wheeling and cycling.
With these temporary measures in place, we hope to encouarge more people to walk or cycle.
Work is due to start on Lanark Road in the week beginning 25 January 2021. Our teams will start work at the Gillespie crossroads, working towards Longstone Road. Line marking and bollard installation is expected to take around six weeks. Our ability to deliver within this timescale is subject to the weather. For example, we can't put down road markings in the rain or snow. Should we need more time to install the measures, we'll update this information or follow us on social media. We'll also email our local stakeholder group.
Slow down: safer, quieter streets
We're proposing to reduce the speed limits from
- 40mph to 30mph on Lanark Road
- 30mph to 20mph on Longstone and Inglis Green Roads.
This will make the route safer and more pleasant for all.
Feedback from Edinburgh Bike Life research tells us that a major barrier to more people cycling is feeling unsafe on the roads due to the volume and speed of traffic. You can read more about this research on the Edinburgh Bike Life website.
Experience of other cities have shown that people tend to prefer safer, quieter streets once these types of measures are in place. Cities where walking and cycling infrastructure has been improved benefit from higher active travel take up. As more people choose to walk or cycle, our city stands to benefit from improvements in air quality and, as a result, better health for our people.