Support Roseburn-West Coates Protected Cycle Route

Henry Whaley
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City of Edinburgh Council have launched a consultation on a new cycle path from Roseburn in the West through the city centre to Leith Walk in the East.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/roseburntoleith

The contentious bit seems to be Roseburn, where the plans are for general traffic lane to be replaced by a protected cycle path along the Northern side.

A local resident has expressed concerns that it will "will harm Roseburn businesses by preventing parking outside the shops for delivery vans and shoppers."

They have started both an online and paper petition. Of the signatories, 2 are local councillors and a MSP.

The petition recommends that the existing route through Balbirnie Place and Haymarket Yards is used which is convulted and crosses the tram lines at an accute angle.

When one of the Councillors put them signing it onto twitter, a lively debate ensued with evidence being given to show that bike lanes actually increase local shop's turnovers http://m.fastcompany.com/1682022/want-to-make-money-build-a-business-on-a-bike-lane

And that shopkeepers overestimate the number of shoppers arriving by car

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/03/the-complete-business-case-for-converting-street-parking-into-bike-lanes/387595/


I believe that the best route is down the main Roseburn/West Coates route as it is both the most direct/encouraging for cycling and will improve the environment of Roseburn & West Coates.


In addition to signing this please do take the time to respond formally to the consultation through the online form or by email.

  • Ian Farmer
    Ian Farmer United Kingdom, Edinburgh
    May 05, 2016
    May 05, 2016
    Absolutely agree with many of the comments that cycling is the future for Edinburgh. By pushing it down the transport list in preference to business needs is short sighted. Cars create less humane areas and thus put people off going to and staying in places where it's noisy, polluted and dangerous because of the motor. Cycling is the opposite of this and encourages people to visit and stay in areas. I have seen the whole of life go by on bicycles in Amsterdam. See no reason it can't do that here.
  • peter dunlop
    peter dunlop Netherlands, Leiderdorp
    Feb 02, 2016
    Feb 02, 2016
    I support the principle of this proposal - more below as submitted to CEC
    I am a civil engineer FICE, retired. I live in the west end of Edinburgh where I walk, cycle, use my bus pass and drive my car. I take trains too. In the Netherlands where I spend nearly half my time I do the same but I cycle a great deal more.
    Please study these considered comments which are a direct response to your proposals "Roseburn to Leith" but tempered by both experience and prior thought on cycling in Edinburgh

    The proposal is a start but I hope that it is not thought to be a final solution
    As a civil engineer I found the Atkins drawings difficult to use even on a large laptop. They are discontinuous. A scrollable "strip" of the whole route would be better
    The plan must be for safe cycling on all streets/routes
    This MUST be about commuting/shopping/school commuting and not leisure cycling
    Copenhagen junctions are widely discredited in the cycling world, in the Netherlands and even in Copenhagen. Try the Dutch way.
    Am I right in thinking that the 24 hour Red Route is a compromise for bus lanes in both directions?
    This plan is going to take a lot of "policing"
    In my view it will take a critical mass of cyclists before motorists are fully aware that they must be considered.
    The lycra brigade are a problem for the acceptance of cycling by motorists
    In the Netherlands what were footpath pavements are now shared between cyclists and pedestrians even tough the 2 paths are sometimes very narrow. Again this is a question of learning and mutual acceptance and fewer tear away lycra cyclists. Many pavements in Edinburgh are lightly trafficked, I can think of almost the whole length of the Queensferry Road.
    There is a lack of confidence in Edinburgh's cycle lanes because of their discontinuities. In the Netherlands they are marked across junctions.
    The Netherlands may be flat but flatness allows a lot of wind. Most new traditional looking Dutch bikes now have 3 gears and the low is low enough for most Edinburgh hills
    The plan does not allow for/show a link to the old railway cycle routes at Balbirnie/Roseburn Path. It MUST
    Why is there no cycle lane on either Coates Gardens or Rosebery Crescent?
    These 4 crescents should all be one way with no kerbside parking but 100% angled parking along the gardens. Eglinton, Glencairn, Grosvenor, Landsdown. My there resident cousin would approve!
    Cycle routes should be one way around West Register House
    The plan does not say anything about the bus queue at the east end of Princes Street. This must be solved.
    This is how. All smart ticketing, NO CASH. These days more and more people can make contact-less payments with their debit cards. This would allow Lothian Buses to charge by distance AND to gain accurate continuously updated ridership data allowing it to tailor supply to demand. Along with this have an IN and an OUT door. The two together would more than halve bus stop dwell time. Card readers at in and out, double beep for concession cards allows driver to check on cheats. Failure to check out means a maximum charge when next used. Berlin double deckers have THREE doors and TWO stairs!
  • Daniel Pacey
    Daniel Pacey United Kingdom, Heriot
    Feb 02, 2016
    Feb 02, 2016
    Do it
  • Andrew McLaughlin
    Andrew McLaughlin United Kingdom
    Feb 02, 2016
    Feb 02, 2016
    Take the brave decision. We can't change our cultural car-dependency by making the alternatives longer, slower or harder.
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