“Don’t drive into town”
Posted by chdot on January 15, 2008
That’s the Evening News headline today! (Graphic Evening News)
More work on the tram line means that “the 19-week closure for Shandwick Place gets under way in the second week of February”.
The good news is that even more people will choose to cycle as a sensible way of getting around.
The bad news is that it’s far from clear if any thought has been given to cyclists. Lothian Road and Haymarket are not too ‘cycle friendly’ at the best of times and bikes are banned on the Western Approach Road – part of the diversion route.
Added to that there will be lots of frustrated motorists driving in unfamiliar semi-circles. Perhaps that’s why there’s no sign of the Council (or its arms-length company TIE) actually promoting the idea of ‘cycling to beat the jam’.
Assuming Shandwick Place isn’t shut to pedestrians, expect more illegal pavement cycling…
March update – pretty much as expected.