Key concerns addressed

Last week we highlighted the official Consultation Report showing 72% of respondents strongly support the need to invest.

The Council have been working on updated designs and draft versions have now been published unofficially.  We are delighted to see that the Council has answered the key concerns whilst preserving the principles that will make the route a success.

  • Businesses: new cycle custom yet loading retained on both sides of Roseburn Terrace.
  • Congestion: increased junction capacity with extended 60m right turn lane.
  • Pedestrians: still get new crossings and blocked rat run to protect school kids; scrapped plan for "floating bus stop" on Roseburn Terrace.
  • Cyclists: still get segregated direct routes forecast to bring a substantial increase in cycling.

The die-hard opponents of the route are still campaigning against, but the Report shows there is widespread agreement that a Route is needed.  Now that the most common criticisms have been answered, it seems likely that many of those who originally signed the petition against the route would see the updated design as a sensible compromise.

Two Options for Roseburn

We have learnt that the Council Transport and Environment Committee will be presented with an two options at Roseburn.  We are joining the Council in strongly supporting Option A, which follows the original route along Roseburn Terrace.

Option B, along Roseburn Street, is contorted, especially for cyclists coming from Costorphine and Murrayfield.  Confident cyclists will stay on the narrowed main carriageway opposite the protected track — frustrating motorists, and acting as a symbol of failed cycling investment.  Meanwhile less confident cyclists will bring traffic to a halt on 4 successive crossings.

As this Evening News article points out, option B is bad for businesses, who miss out on custom from passing cyclists and lose the improvements to the pedestrian shopping environment.

Strong support for Cycle Route

Edinburgh Council published the official Consultation Report today, and we are delighted to hear that the route is strongly supported.  72% of respondents strongly support the need to invest, and only 15% strongly oppose.

Roseburn Terrace: 74% strongly/support the proposals whilst 24% are in opposition. Concerns relate to potential congestion and the impact of trade for local businesses. However, many respondents felt the scheme will improve safety and encourage cycling.

— Consultation Report section 16.2

The next step for the Council is a detailed design review, which is already underway.  We are looking forward to seeing a design that maintains the key principles that will make the route a success with some detailed improvements to take into account feedback.

Successful launch

Day 2, now up to 71 Twitter followers

We launched our site yesterday, and have been delighted with the response.  Within 12 hours of launch, we had 1,155 visitors to the site, and 58 followers on Twitter (now up to 71 on day 2).  Thank you all for your interest and positive comments.

After 100s of hours of hard work researching the facts, our vision has been vindicated.  People really are interested in a reasoned analysis.

Please keep following us (on Twitter or via newsletter subscription using the sidebar on the website) as we hope to have more news to report tomorrow, 27th May.  The Council cycling team expect to publish the results of the feedback from consultation.


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