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After much criticism (not least on this site) the Council has issued a revised scheme of cycle diversions, avoiding the Shandwick Place closure. (That’s at least the second revision – changed last Monday too!)
This time there’s a map as well as directions. The routes general follow the buses, with the addition of a Canning Street route to avoid the (bikes banned) Western Approach Road.
Whether these routes are ‘best’, ‘optimum’ or ‘adequate’ is highly subjective and will depend on how much individual cyclists feel ‘disadvantaged’ or (worse) discomforted.
Of course most cyclists won’t have a clue which is the ‘official’ route (or which one was recommended last week) as there is STILL no signage.
Cyclists are universally used to being 4th class road users. BUT this is Edinburgh, where the LibDems (in power, in coalition with the SNP) proclaim that they want it to be “a model cycle friendly city”.
Making a real attempt to encourage cycling during the tram disruption would have been a good start.