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Edinburgh - A8 works

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tetedelacourse, 26 Feb 2008.

  1. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    If you cycle out of town along the A8 and turn off at Lochend Road past the end of the airport, heading to Kirkliston, then this might interest you.

    This is a response from the council Cycling officer to me asking what's happening. A further barrier to road cycling in our area.

     
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Pah! Bloody W*nkers!

    Well yes, of course crossing a bridge that will likely have steps or crunches, then riding along a shared path where you are not supposed to exceed 12mph is a totally fine way of cycling - if you want to tootle.
     
  3. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Exactly. The shared path in question is less than a metre wide, it has curbs at junctions and is uneven and not maintained. In short, on my roadbike, a joke. Exemplary of my council's view of cycling. The same area which has just abolished bridge tolls which it acknowledges will result in increased volumes of traffic, but doesn't want anyone driving in Edinburgh.

    Someone's having a good laugh somewhere.
     
  4. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    thats gonna be a pain in the arse, the paths both sides of the road are in no way good for use other than a full sus MTB, going to have to rethink my way home now, at night I like to go that way rather than the other joke of a cycle path.
     
  5. I agree the path is pretty poor, and another hazard can be the overhanging vegetation poking you in the eye and slapping you about the face! Having said that my bike copes just fine without any suspension.

    But, as often as not a steady 15mph or whatever still beats the traffic, Gogar to Newbridge/Ratho, which always puts a smile on my face...

    When I think about the 8 years I lived in Germany and what proper cycle lanes and paths are like..... and that was 1986 the first time, so I reckon we are getting on 2 generations behind the rest of Northern Europe in "real" provision for cycling commuters.

    **sigh**

    Angus
     
  6. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Edinburgh council has a Cycling officer?? What does he/she do all day???
     
  7. If I end up there it will be one hell of a commute.
     
  8. Kirst

    Kirst Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    He's fairly new in post. He followed up my complaint about the crappy new speedbumps on the Union Canal path within 24 hours of me making it, and he's responded to my comments about the facilities for cyclists at Chesser House although he doesn't have much control over that. I forget his name but I can get it for you tomorrow if you like, so you can ring and discuss stuff with him.
     
  9. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    He is quite responsive, to be fair, but his job seems to be to back up decisions that have been made by the road (motoring) planners rather than fight a corner for cycling provision.
     
  10. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    well whats his address so i can e-mail him about the closing of the dual carrageway down to 1 lane coming up the hill from Barnton, I`m gonna be left to go on pavement. Road planning of no clue when it comes to cycling.
     
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Grumpy, I've just PM'd your ass.