Sustrans Scotland is strongly supportive of measures that will improve streets, as places that people want to be in and for safe, easy access for walking, cycling and accessing public transport. We believe that improving our streetscapes have clear economic benefits – encouraging people of all abilities and ages to access local shops and businesses.
Sustrans Scotland is extremely supportive of the City of Edinburgh Council’s aspiration to better connect Edinburgh’s City Centre with the South Side, North and Leith and West of the city by bicycle and to make a range of improvements which will give the people of Edinburgh the option of choosing healthier, safer and faster ways to travel.
The proposal to create a Northern European inspired segregated cycle route from the West of the city to the centre and to link it through to Leith is exactly the right thing to do for Edinburgh. A safe, convenient route for cycling helps people who do not make trips by bike at the moment to choose to do so. The link from the end of the Meadows through to St Leonard’s, which uses segregated cycle lanes, is proving popular and use is growing. There is no doubt that those cities that place walking and cycling high on their agendas are very pleasant communities in which to live, shop and work.
We are also delighted that there has been such keen interest in the public consultation and a very good rate of response from Edinburgh residents. Giving people the opportunity to view initial plans, have their say and propose changes is absolutely critical, such a process has delivered better designs on Leith Walk and on the Meadows to St Leonard’s link. We are confident that this well run consultation process will result in the best solution possible and what will become well used improvements to the cycling and pedestrian access in the capital, making our streets healthier, safer and more accessible.
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