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Consultation Ends Soon!

Friday 18th May is the last day of the Traffic Order consultation for the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL).  If you have not already responded, please do — the Council would like to hear from those who support the scheme as well as those who have objections.  Find out more in our article.

We have already sent in our response in support, as the case seems clear:

  1. There are many benefits, especially for kids to be active and less affected by pollution
  2. Since the Council voted unanimously in favour of the route there has been a big investment in time to listen to any remaining concerns and fix them.  In some stretches where the width has been pared down, which is less ideal for cyclists but we recognise there has been a balanced consideration of the needs of all road users and businesses.
  3. It's not just for cyclists: there are big benefits for pedestrians and even motorists benefit from improved junction flow.
  4. It's not just for Roseburn: the new route is a key part of a city-wide network that won't work if there is a missing link.

This is how much people care about cycling...

The 7th Pedal on Parliament was a huge success, showing that thousands of people care enough about cycling to give up their time and show up on a cold and rainy morning.  Andy Catlin's wonderful pictures include the Roseburn feeder ride. It was great to see lots of families and kids able to enjoy the traffic-free riding thanks to a police escort. We are all looking forward to a time when they can be out and about on their bikes every day thanks to safe and segregated routes.

Roll on the CCWEL!!

2 ways to support cycling in West Edinburgh

After a quiet few months on the cycle path front, there are two ways in which we can all support cycling improvements in our area.

CCWEL - The final stage of consultation

As many of you will have seen from flyers through your doors, the Council has completed the detailed design drawings for the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL). Now it is time for the final stage of consultation - the statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Redetermination Order (RSO) process.

There will be two public drop in sessions to view the designs.

  • Tuesday 17th April - 6 Murrayfield Place - 1pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 19th April - Apex Haymarket Hotel - 1pm to 7pm

You can get more information, including details of how to comment on the Council's CCWEL web page.

From 20th April, the TRO and RSO documents will be available here and we will have our own web page to make the complex drawings a bit easier to understand. Keep an eye on our homepage, Twitter and Facebook.

Please talk to your neighbours and friends. Explain the benefits and direct them to our website to see the drawings explained. Also, do feed in your comments and positive support to the Council at the address on the CCWEL page!

Pedal on Parliament - help make this the biggest ever West Edinburgh Feeder ride

Saturday 28th April is Pedal on Parliament day. We'd love all our supporters to come along with friends & family to help make this the biggest ever West Edinburgh Feeder ride and show our politicians how much we care about safer cycling infrastructure.

The ride will be family friendly, with support from the Police to get us through any difficult junctions.

The meeting points are

  • St Margaret’s Park, Corstorphine: 10am for 10.15 departure
  • Balgreen Tram stop: 10.35 departure
  • Roseburn Park: 10.30am for 10.50 departure
  • Russell Road ZigZags: 10.45 for 11am departure

See the Facebook event page for full details. If you are not travelling from the west, there are lots of other feeder rides too.

AGM Reminder - 12th March

Just a reminder that we will be holding our AGM tomorrow, 12th March 2018.

It will take place 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Murrayfield Parish Church Hall, Dove Lounge (accessed via rear doors). As well as the election of the committee for the coming year, there will be an opportunity to hear about progress on the detailed design for the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL) and give us your ideas and feedback.

Nominations for new committee members and officers are welcome. Please contact us in advance of the meeting.

The agenda is

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Chair’s report - including current status of CCWEL project
  3. Secretary’s report
  4. Election of Chair, Secretary & committee members
  5. Any other business

AGM - 12th March 2018

P5 Ideas
Rejuvenating Roseburn - One of many ideas from Roseburn Primary School - Photo City of Edinburgh Council

Notice of AGM

We will be holding our AGM on 12th March 2018 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Murrayfield Parish Church Hall, Dove Lounge (accessed via rear doors). As well as the election of the committee for the coming year, there will be an opportunity to hear about progress on the detailed design for the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL) and give us your ideas and feedback.

Nominations for new committee members and officers are welcome. Please contact us in advance of the meeting.

The agenda is

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Chair’s report - including current status of CCWEL project
  3. Secretary’s report
  4. Election of Chair, Secretary & committee members
  5. Any other business

CCWEL progress

Since our last newsletter, the Council has been working behind the scenes to progress on the detailed design. Ruridgh McMeddes sends out regular updates on this process. You can find his contact details here if you wish to sign up to the mailing list. 

The consultation period for the Traffic Regulation Order covering Roseburn to Haymarket is due to start in a few weeks time. The designs will be available online and community drop-in sessions will be arranged to give people the opportunity to view and comment on the plans. We will notify our members by newsletter once this process starts.

As part of the CCWEL project, Rejuvenating Roseburn is a project to improve the Old Colt Bridge area. It aims to create community space at the heart of Roseburn. The design is ongoing and the latest plans will be presented at the Murrayfield Community Council meeting on 27th February.

Save the date - Pedal on Parliament - 28th April

Pedal on Parliament this year is on 28th April. There will be a feeder ride from West Edinburgh which will be family friendly. Why not come along & enjoy the camaraderie as thousands of cyclists ask our politicians to make Scotland a cycle friendly country. Joining points will include Roseburn Park and the Russell Road 'zigzags'.

Vote with your bike...

Council Elections

With the City Council elections just around the corner, now is the time to quiz our candidates on what they will do for cycling if elected. The full lists of candidates are now available. Murrayfield Community Council will hold a hustings at 7pm on 25 April 2017 at 7pm at the Murrayfield Parish Church Hall and we encourage our members to go along to this event.

This article has some great suggestions for what you can do to help in the run up to the election, whether you have just 30 seconds or a whole day to spare. Don't forget to mention the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL) specifically.

Pedal on Parliament 22nd April

Please join us as we 'Pedal on Parliament' on 22nd April. This is another fantastic opportunity for showing our candidates how much we care about active travel. Why not bring your friends along to the West Edinburgh feeder ride - an opportunity for a social ride in to get to The Meadows in time for the main event. We meet at 10:50 at the cricket hut in Roseburm Park ready to head off at 11:00.

 

 

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