During the consultation process, there was a detailed analysis of two possible routes at Roseburn Terrace.
- Option A, directly along Roseburn Terrace, in keeping with the rest of the route.
- Option B which detours around the back roads.
As the designs have evolved, there have been lots of compromises, most of which we support, to help other users. Option B seems like a compromise that nobody wants.
[Option B] is a dog’s dinner of a compromise that really needs a lot more work
— Main campaigners against the route
A is the best option. Full stop. But it's even best in purely political sense because all hate B and one side likes A.
— Marco Biagi, former SNP minister on Twitter
Problems with Option B
- Confident cyclists from Costorphine are likely to continue down Roseburn Terrace, ending up on the main carriageway whilst there is a protected cycle route on the opposite side of the road. This is likely to be frustrating for motorists trying to overtake, and would act as a symbol of failed cycling investment.
- Likely to lose Sustrans 50% funding for this section, and our City would pay the whole cost.
- Less attractive to cyclists: indirect and many crossings.
- As the Cycle Route becomes busier, these crossings will inevitably create further barriers to the flow of motor traffic.
- Potential conflict with Tesco deliveries which could be dangerous for cyclists. It's not clear whether Tesco have been consulted.
- Restricted junction of Roseburn Street and Roseburn Terrace would likely reduce junction flow, especially for HGVs. It would make it harder for emergency vehicles to bypass stationary traffic.
- Businesses miss out on new custom from passing cyclists.
- Much less safe for kids cycling to school. Option A has just one signalled lollipop crossing. B adds 3 new unsupervised crossings.
The school is stuck in a vicious circle as parents drive children to school to keep them safe from traffic and so create more traffic which puts parents off letting children walk or cycle to school.
— Eilidh Troup, Roseburn Primary parent
Map cutting from Council Preliminary Design (Copyright Atkins Limited) included in the report to Transport and Environment Committee.