Rodney Street Tunnel “Officially” Opens Today

Posted by chdot on July 30, 2009

celebration of cyclings

Actually open for almost four months, Rodney Street Tunnel has its official opening ceremony at 2.00 today. (Performed by Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, the Council’s Transport leader). The work was carried out by City of Edinburgh Council, in partnership with Sustrans – with funding from the Scottish Executive/Government – both because the process has taken more than 2 years!

Surrounding this is a Celebration of Cycling” event (King George V Park) taking place from 12pm to 4.30pm organised by the Children & Families department in partnership with the Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre, L&B Police, Fet Lor Youth Centre and the Scotland Yard Adventure Centre

On offer are –

  • Stalls and information on cycling
  • NHS Health Test (blood pressure, etc)
  • Hourly tours along the Scotland Street Tunnel
  • Drop in cycle proficiency workshops
  • Drop in bike repair workshops
  • All-day tasters with alternative bikes
  • Arrival of young people in a Glasgow-Edinburgh Sponsored Cycle ride
  • All day sports and display area
  • Plans for re-opening the Tunnel caused some local unease – with fears of ‘undesirables hanging about’. But as the Council’s Cycling Officer Chris Brace points out “as well as enabling cyclists using National Cycle Route 75 to avoid a highly trafficked junction (of Rodney Street and Broughton Road) the link also improves access for the local community and has already encouraged greater use of the King George V Park.”

    Video of opening ceremony

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