Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Edinburgh Waterfront Promenade

As someone who cycles a fair bit these days, it never ceases to amaze me just how much of Edinburgh's cycle network is relatively unknown - spend £5 and buy the Spokes City Cycle Map and you'll see what I mean ;-)

... so, its really heartening to see yet another (potential) huge expansion to the network of paths about to be developed - and good to see that cycle provision is mentioned within the Design Guide. Two points though:
  • 30-years for overall completion does seem extraordinary??
  • having watched cycle-calming measures (which I'm broadly supportive of in such circumstances) being fitted in 'retrospect' on my daily stretch of the canal - from Harrison Park into town - I do hope some proper thought will go into all this from Day 1, on any Waterfront Promenade sections that aren't wide enough to easily accommodate unrestricted shared pedestrian/cycle usage.

Overall though - surely the sooner it all becomes reality, the better.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cycle calming sucks. What is the point of cycling if you can only go as fast as a walker. Pedestrians on the canal look at you as if bikes shouldn't be there just because you happen to knock them into the water.

Meadows solution is marginally better ramps at junctions and painted divide.

Andrew said...

Anonymous

You'll be shocked to hear that I think we'll have to disagree on this one ...

Andrew

Anonymous said...

Pedestrian calming measures - now there is an idea.

John Wallace said...

I'm sure Bunty will have taken this into account before she left (between meals and trips).

"I do hope some proper thought will go into all this from Day 1, on any Waterfront Promenade sections that aren't wide enough to easily accommodate unrestricted shared pedestrian/cycle usage."

18saughtonmains said...

Andrew,

Thanks for flagging up the consultation on the Boardwalk project.

Among other things, the issue of an interim signed cycle route came up at an access forum meeting last year. The feeling was that temporary (30 year :) signs would be installed on roads etc. to create a continuously-signed route at an early stage of the project, then permanent signage would be introduced as the construction progressed. I'll see whether the consultation papers have this in...

Alex

Andrew said...

Alex

Thanks for the feedback ... puts a whole new meaning on 'temporary sign' ;-))

Andrew