Petition against West Coates Track - is now reopened at Change.org (see below)

695 Signatures Goal: 1,000

THIS PETITION HAS BEEN RE-OPENED- please go here:https://www.change.org/p/city-of-edinburgh-council...

THIS IS BECAUSE THE COUNCIL HAS POSTPONED ITS DECISION TILL JUNE. WE ARE USING CHANGE.ORG BECAUSE IT DEMANDS A POSTAL ADDRESS AND WE ONLY WANT RESIDENTS OF EDINBURGH TO SIGN

I oppose the proposed 2-way protected cycle track along the busy Roseburn Terrace, West Coates and Haymarket Terrace streets.

I believe this track, marked by the solid red line, will harm Roseburn businesses by preventing parking outside the shops for delivery vans and shoppers. I believe the removal of the staggered crossing at Devon Place will make crossing the West Coates road more dangerous. I do not support the removal of the westbound bus lane and off peak parking with the introduction of 24hr waiting restrictions with double red lines. I believe it will adversely affect the Haymarket businesses and Taxi rank too.

However, I do support the use of National Cycle Route 1 as an alternative. This quiet route along Balbirnie Place for cyclists travelling from Roseburn to Haymarket, is marked by the dashed red line. In keeping with the Council’s proposed network of ‘QuietRoutes’, which aims to provide a pleasant and welcoming environment for all users, it is a far more suitable option, utilising existing off-road paths and low-traffic streets.

I believe it’s a far more pleasant route. It involves cycling along Roseburn Place, the first part of Russell Road, along Balbirnie Place, alongside the tramline, then up Haymarket Yards. I acknowledge that it makes a 3- minute journey into a 4-minute journey, but I think it is a far more pleasant one. It also links directly into the Roseburn to Granton cycle path. I note it involves cycling alongside tram tracks at Haymarket Yards, but there is virtually no other traffic here, and dealing with the tracks is a lot easier when there are no cars around.

When you sign, please say if you work for a local business, or are a cyclist, resident or shopper (tick all that apply).

Full details of the Council’s proposals can be seen here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/roseburntoleith

THIS VERSION OF THE PETITION ENDED ON THE 3rd February. It has been re-opened here, because the Council has postponed its decision till June:

https://www.change.org/p/city-of-edinburgh-council...

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If you want to be kept up to date with progress, please e-mail postmaster@roseburn32.plus.com

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Highlights

March 5
We decided to re-open the petition at https://www.change.org/p/city-of-edinburgh-council-petition-against-the-west-coates-cycle-track-in-favour-of-national-cycle-route-1-re-opened because the Council has postponed a decision on track until June. Change.org demands signers enter their postal address- we only want folk from Edinburgh to sign
February 3
As at noon on 3rd Feb Petition against the West Coates Cycle Track in favour of National Cycle Route 1 (Balbirnie Place) Paper signatures: 1,900 (postal addresses clearly indicate residents directly affected by proposed track) - (including 91 cyclists) Online signatures: 695 - (including 133 cyclists) SO: Grand Total 2,595 signatures -of which 224 are cyclists (Spokes counter-petition, on-line only, at same time, has 817, but with no evidence of provenance- signers could be from US- unclear if ANY signatories directly affected by proposed track)
February 1
Petition has reached 500 signatures!
January 31
Spokes Executive have set up a counter-petition to this one. It has 541 signatures at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-roseburn-west-coates-protected-cycle-route They seek to outnumber us and confound Cllr Hinds
January 31
Herald article "Cycleway will put us out of business, warn Roseburn Terrace traders - as Edinburgh cyclists hail 'continental-style' plans" www.heraldscotland.com/news/14241308.Cycleway_will_put_us__out_of_business___warn_Edinburgh_traders/?ref=twtrec
January 30
Evening News publish open letter to Cllr Hinds from 34 traders: read it at www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/haymarket-cycle-track-plan-will-ruin-businesses-1-4015647
January 30
STV broadcast a 2-min piece about the traders protest. Catch it here, 13 minutes in: http://player.stv.tv/episode/3778/stv-news-edinburgh/thu-28-jan-6-00-pm
January 20
Front page of the Evening News. See http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/mass-protest-over-9-million-cycle-superhighway-plan-1-4006001 . The comments string is incredibly interesting- around 70 so far. I think what will swing it our way will be the Editor’s comment on page 18 where the Council is called upon to undertake a detailed traffic impact assessment study before proceeding. See http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/comment-devil-in-the-detail-for-cycle-path-plan-1-4006178
January 20
We have actually got about 1,300 signatures. 900 of these are on paper. We can e-mail a scanned pdf of these to anyone who wants proof (get in touch below). We aim to get 2,000 before this petition closes on the 2nd Feb. (Day after the Council's "Consultation" period ends.)
January 19
About 140 attended the Council drop-in. About 8 were in favour of the track, about 8 undecided and the rest against. BBC news covered it online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-35344055 and so did Radio Forth http://www.forth1.com/localnews/plans-for-cycle-lane-in-edinburgh-outrageous-say-protesters
  • Andrew Shortel
    Andrew Shortel United Kingdom, Edinburgh
    Feb 02, 2016
    Feb 02, 2016
    As an occasional cyclist it annoys me that CEC think they are helping cyclists by playing silly buggers by painting bike lanes all over the place,while ignoring the road surfaces all over the city. This not only damages car suspension,but gives me sore hips and shoulders. The money squandered by CEC is nothing short of grotesque.
  • Andy Miller
    Andy Miller United Kingdom, Edinburgh
    Feb 01, 2016
    Feb 01, 2016
    I've lived in the area for the last 6 years and use the shops at Roseburn frequently. To my mind this idea for a cycleway is ridiculous. Firstly the bottleneck at Roseburn is awful as it is and that will only increase, meaning more polution on a main highway. Secondly it will kill businesses (any argument against this is deluded) as no one will be able to stop and shop. The chip shop, the cake shop, the roseburn fry, scotmid will all have to close (people don't park elswhere and walk to use these shops - there's nowhere to park anywhere else and it's easier to drive 2 mins along the road and use another shop that you can stop at).
    This is purely a box ticking exercise by the council - if they were serious about cycle lanes they would (and should) have built one that runs along next to the tram line which would have been safe, secure and no traffic. Even if they go ahead with the roseburn part that doesn't solve the problem of actually getting there - i.e before you get to that part you have to cycle along St Johns road which is highly dangerous, so unless you cycle path the whole of st johns road then what's the point of a little bit from Roseburn into haymarket?! I cycle a fair bit and stay off the main roads, using the existing cycle paths, it doesn't take much longer and it's far safer. They should be encouraging people onto the existing cycle paths instead of building new ones.
  • Hugh Rutherford
    Hugh Rutherford United Kingdom, London
    Jan 31, 2016
    Jan 31, 2016
    Roseburn is a community and one of Edinburgh s urban villages. It relies on its local shops and facilities to define its character and community. Without visitors to these shops and facilities being able to be stop outside these shops and facilities they will not survive. Also,other than stopping outside these units there is no way to service the retailers and cafes. The area also has quite an elderly element to its population who depend on the convenience of the local facilities. Please do not make matters worse when there is a sensible alternative for the cyclists. Thank-you.
  • Stephan Matthiesen
    Stephan Matthiesen United Kingdom, Edinburgh
    Jan 31, 2016
    Jan 31, 2016
    I can understand the business owners' concerns, but if I had a shop there I would starting to get worried that this campaign is doing more harm than good.
    At such an early stage in the planning, working constructively with the council in the consultation surely leads to better results than an overblown protest with increasingly absurd and aggressive arguments.
    Shop owners all over the world see the benefits of improving their street, and the Roseburn business people certainly can contribute good concrete ideas to the consultation on how to make it more attractive to local customers. The road is not going to be closed, it just gets a bit of bike lane, wider pavements and better pedestrian crossings. Overall this should be an improvement over the current situation.
    Polarising and aggressive language, as we see it in this protest and petition, is never good for business as you will annoy quite a lot of your own customers and certainly not attract new ones.
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