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Bike Life Edinburgh

"As a city, Edinburgh has a strong record of transforming its urban environment to encourage people to walk and cycle.

"This report helps underline what we can all do to help keep Scotland's capital one of the most liveable cities in the UK."

- Councillor Adam McVey, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council

Our new Bike Life report published today, details women’s travel habits, views and attitudes towards cycling across the seven Bike Life cities. It clearly shows there is an appetite from women to start cycling or cycle more but significant barriers to overcome.

'Women: reducing the gender gap' adds new evidence to existing research that shows we need to do more to address women’s needs and help make cycling more inclusive in cities across the UK.

Find out more and download the report

Families cycling to school at Sciennes Primary School

schoolchildren on bikes

The award-winning ‘School Streets’ initiative has brought traffic-free streets to nine Edinburgh primary schools at school opening and closing times. 

  • Two thirds of parents and residents agree that the streets with vehicle restrictions felt safer during operating times.
  • Reductions in Nitrogen Oxides on all tested closed streets and most surrounding streets.

The project was recognised at the 2017 Scottish Transport Awards and it is hoped to be extended to more schools.

Matt Kruczynski, Bus driver for Lothian Buses

Cycling is getting more and more and more popular in Edinburgh, especially in terms of commuting, and that’s a great sign and huge benefit for the entire city. I myself cycle everyday to work and find it very enjoyable and relaxing.

From my personal experience both as a cyclist and bus driver, I would love to see more awareness and cooperation on the busiest streets between cyclists and drivers.

Do you have a question about Bike Life? Contact us

Bike Life Edinburgh has been funded by The Freshfield Foundation and City of Edinburgh Council. The project is co-ordinated by Sustrans.