Spokes Launches New Forth Bridge Route Campaign

Posted by chdot on September 28, 2007

Lothian Cycle Campaign Spokes is pressing the Scottish Government’s Finance Minister, John Swinney, to act on his recent statement: “We will continue to invest in initiatives which reduce congestion, such as improved park and ride, and improved rail, bus and cycle links.” Especially the last three words.

Significantly his comments were in response to concerns about the expected increase in motor traffic that will result when the SNP Government introduces its manifesto commitment to abolish tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.

In a letter to Mr. Swinney Dave du Feu of Spokes says: “This route is a vital commuter route [particularly since cyclists were banned from the A90], an important leisure route, and also perhaps the most important single tourist cycle link in the whole of Scotland, taking large numbers of cycletourists heading from the Capital towards the north of Scotland. It is thus a route of national significance, and a critical section of Route 1 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. It should be an absolute flagship example in terms of design and maintenance.”

Anyone who knows the route will know that in places it is very narrow, squeezed between a stone wall (a listed structure) and a drop down the embankment to the main dual carriageway. At one point cyclists are inches away from fast oncoming traffic WITHOUT AN INTERVENING SAFETY BARRIER. Additionally, this Cramond to Dalmeny section is unlit. (See photo).

Estimates for producing a route that would attract more tourists and commuters suggest that around a million pounds is required. Peanuts compared with the current A8000 Upgrade AND easily funded with savings the Government has created by cancelling the EARL project yesterday.

Spokes campaigns are often effective as the succeed in mobilising people to write to their political representatives, especially (in this case) John Swinney.

Comments on cyclechat forum.

2 Responses to “Spokes Launches New Forth Bridge Route Campaign”

  1. I’m more worried about the crap road surface along this section of the route. It should be renamed the National Pothole Network. There are sections that you cannot even get 2 bikes in opposite directions to pass easily.
    The signage for the NCN76 suddenly stops around the Forth Road Bridge, then on the north side you have to guess the route for significant sections.

  2. […] The shortlisted councils include ones that did well in Cycling Scotland’s recent survey and others that scored more modestly. Top of the list was Fife, famed for its Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycle Way, and now hoping to develop a scheme in Dunfermline. Fife and Edinburgh (and countless cycle tourists and commuters) would both benefit if money was spent on the cycle route between the city and the Forth Road Bridge! […]

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