Edinburgh Council is developing a new cycle route, crossing the city centre from west to east and linking Roseburn to Leith Walk via Haymarket and George Street (see detailed consultation). The route supports the Council's overall Vision for Transport which seeks "By 2030 to make Edinburgh's transport system one of the most environmentally friendly, healthiest and most accessible in Northern Europe". The proposals are innovative and provide an early step in developing a network of protected cycle routes linking the whole of Edinburgh. The Council is applying for 50/50 match funding from Sustrans which would bring substantial outside investment into developing Edinburgh's infrastructure.
There is widespread local support for the route, and plenty of evidence that it would be well used.
The proposal affects many people and organisations.
- Sustrans are “extremely supportive” and “delighted” and in recognition are considering providing 50% funding.
- Living Streets Edinburgh are “backing the cycle route and protecting pedestrians”. They also back the ‘floating bus stop’ pilot on Leith Walk. They have submitted detailed feedback to the consultation team.
- Lothian Buses report they are “engaged with Edinburgh Council’s consultation process and have submitted our detailed response to the proposals accordingly. We await the next stage of the process.”
- The petition against the cycle route is described here.
- Local businesses have raised concerns about the proposal, although we have not found a public copy of their response to the consultation.