What Do YOU Think of Edinburgh’s Roads and Paths?

Posted by chdot on September 17, 2009

Edinburgh recently signed the Brussels Treaty which has a target for cycle journeys of 15% by 2020.

A LOT needs to be done to have any hope of this being achieved.

Today it was announced (Evening News story) that £150,000 is to be invested to create a “corridor” of bus and cycle lanes between Edinburgh University’s campuses at George Square and King’s Buildings.

By contrast two sets of barriers recently appeared at the ends of the Hope Lane cycle/pedestrian bridge and a very curious impediment to easy cycle flow appeared in George IV Bridge by the new hotel.

Inevitably reaction to both was swift and strong and the Council was forced to concede that it would have to ‘think again’. (Still waiting for action).

Now the Council is seeking public views on how well it looks after roads (and paths) and lighting.

Well worth spending a quarter of an hour dealing with the online survey.

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11 Responses to “What Do YOU Think of Edinburgh’s Roads and Paths?”

  1. Kim said

    A blanket 20mph speed limit would be a good start…

  2. Lee said

    Can we invite Road Services for a bike ride?

    Just so they can see how poor the roads are.

  3. James Jarvis said

    Edinburgh’s provision for cycling and positive approach is very welcome.

    That said, so many more people would cycle if the existing paths could be extended and joined up. And that should not mean having to do immense dog-legs.

    For families, having access to cycle routes with the minimal concerns about heavy traffic is key. Getting children cycling safely has so many social benefits. This requires some quite brave choices which I hope Edinburgh is willing to make.

    A final point, as cyclists we have responsibilities too. First amongst these is winning over the public with our politieness and considerate use. So smile and nod to folk you see on your daily cycle.

    • martin said

      Good debate – the roads are littered with pot holes and all the users of the highways vary in their considerateness for each other. Some car drivers are very aware of cyclists and move out a little if you are advancing along a traffic light queue on the inside (others of course move in to halt your progress). We are all as bad as each other. That is why barriers are put up on walkways/cyclepaths – to slow cyclists down so that pedestrians don’t get spooked. Along with smiling and nodding and thanking people for getting out of our way I think we cyclists are responsible for alerting pedestrians (some are of course hearing impaired) by ringing our bells and telling them which side we are on etc. On any average length commute the fastest boy racer is only going to be a few minutes quicker than an old gent on a Pashley, ringing his massive bell and doffing his helmet to every passer by.

  4. Matt Hodges said

    I visited Edinburgh this summer while riding back from the north. I was appalled at the poor state of the roads and the disgraceful route in from the Forth Bridge. Things have got much worse since my previous visits in 2006 and 2000.

  5. Gillian Law said

    What route did you follow, Matt? Because I don’t actually think the route’s bad at all, coming in from the bridge – if you follow NCN1 it’s tarmac all the way, a bit narrow at times but otherwise pretty good.

    I’d agree the roads are in bad condition, but that seems to be a general problem in Scotland.

  6. Alec said

    The council seriously need to look at increasing and improving the number of cycle lanes and routes. My daily cycle to work is a mix of dodging other road users and the pot holes that litter the streets. I also agree with above comment, cyclists have responsibilities too. There are too many times when i have been in the car and got ‘cut up’ by cyclist dodging across lanes with no signalling, all to get to the front of the queue. We could soon be labelled the new taxi drivers of the road. (sorry taxi drivers)

  7. Gavin Will said

    I would agree with Gillian. I commute dunfermline to edinburgh normally 4 times a week. The route is quite good with only small sections that have traffic. Plenty of options also should you want to change the route a bit.

  8. chdot said

    Good to see a conversation going

    I haven’t been on the ‘official’ route to the Forth Road Bridge for a while, but assuming you still have to cycle right next to the main road at one point, it’s not great.

    Spokes is trying to get it improved and there have been indications that the SG would ‘welcome’ a costed proposal from CEC.

  9. Jamie said

    If the council were serious about getting us out of our cars and on to buses, bikes and trams surely it would have been a great oppertunity to have a dedicated cycle path runing along side the tram route running from the airport to the city centre. It wouldn’t be that hard to add an extra 2m of tarmac/concrete to the side of the tram route and think what a great benefit this would be for bike users.

  10. Dave said

    At present I cycle from Gorebridge to the New Royal Infirmary. This involves either being on the busy A7 or through Newbattle which there is little room for cars to pass. Also there is something which is meant to pass for a cycle lane after Sherifhall to Danderhall which has drain covers and is never cleared of mud or leaves. Sometimes think road bikes need front sus to get through these roads!!

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