Why is there no segregated cycling provision between Constitution Street and Ocean Terminal?
Due to width constraints on this section of the route between Constitution Street and Ocean Terminal we are unable to provide segregated cycle lanes. People on bikes will continue to be able to use the road alongside other vehicles as they do today, although entry to Constitution Street from the Leith Walk end will be restricted to trams and buses. This is because of the width restriction on the street and the dangers posed to cyclists where the tram lines run close to the kerb edge due to the platform arrangement. We are working with local cycle interest groups to develop alternative routes to keep cyclists moving around the area safely and conveniently.
How will cyclists travel from the Foot of the Walk onwards to Ocean Terminal?
We have been working with local cycle interest groups to develop alternative routes to keep cyclists moving around the area safely and conveniently. As a result of this we have secured further funding from the Sustrans Community Links programme to help progress design work to improve cycling options from the foot of Leith Walk. We will continue to work closely with our cycling community and active travel partners in the coming months to develop a solution that provides safe and convenient onward cycling options for the north of the city.
How does the design take cognisance of cyclist safety and the principles of design adopted along the route between Haymarket and York Place?
The design of cycling safety measures follows the same principles as those which form part of the current four stage safety improvement plan for Haymarket to York Place. This will include incorporating lessons learned from the Tram Safety consultation, from ongoing tram cyclist safety improvement work as well as local cycling and safety interest groups. The detailed design for cyclist crossings of the route is currently being developed with the Council’s active travel team to ensure consistency of approach to that already installed between York Place and Haymarket.
Does the extension integrate with the Transport for Edinburgh cycle hire scheme?
We are working with the team behind the new city cycle hire scheme to ensure bike hire stations are conveniently located close to tram stops along the route.
What dedicated cycling provision will be in place on Leith Walk once construction is finished?
There will be dedicated cycling provision on both sides of Leith Walk from the Foot of the Walk up to Picardy Place. You can view the indicative designs here.