Edinburgh Council is busy consulting on their newly-drawn-up plans for a cycling link between the Meadows and the Innocent rail path – connecting North Meadow Walk with the start of the Innocent path at East Parkside. The consultation ends on 16 December.
Starting on Buccleuch Street, a few metres north of the end of North Meadow Walk, a new toucan crossing takes you over the road to a widened and shared-use pavement towards Gifford Park. The main thing to note is that the east end of Gifford Park, between Buccleuch Street and Clerk Street, is to be opened up to cyclists – currently the end of that street is blocked by wheelie bins and railings, making it pedestrian only.
To cross over Clerk St, a new toucan crossing is to be installed taking you over the road to join the pavement and then to Rankeillor Street, where car access to Clerk Street is to be limited, making the road quieter. Cycle down this road and then re-join the pavement to take you round the corner to cross over St Leonard’s Street in front of the police station via a toucan crossing to the pavement on the other side, where some widening will have happened.
Stay on the pavement until you get to Hermit’s Croft, where you re-join the road eastwards until you get to the cycle path.
Does this link provide a dedicated and safe connection bewteen two major routes, or is it a compromise of pavement cycling and inconvenient turns and interruptions unlikely to appeal to most cyclists? Let the council know your views. Let us know too….
Council staff will be available to answer questions about the proposals at a drop in session on Tuesday 26 November 2013 (5.30-8.30pm): Room 2, South Side Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER