New measures aimed at keeping cyclists safe on Leith Walk

(adapted from an email from Rory Garriock on behalf of Newhaven Tram. We apologise for not getting this out sooner, but we received the email only 2 days ago.)

Work is due to get under way this week to improve safety at various locations on Leith Walk, including what is believed to be the first installation in Scotland of a particular type of cycleway delineators.  They will be put in place at locations on the east and west side of Leith Walk at Pilrig Street and the east side of Leith Walk at Brunswick Road. This work is being carried out by MacKenzie Construction.

In addition to these new delineators, Leith Programme Phase 4 contractor Crummock will carry out a series of remedial works to road surfacing defects, road gullies/manholes and additional safety markings to the cycleway. The same traffic management sub-contractor will be used in order to coordinate the works and to minimise traffic disruption while these works are ongoing.

The programme of construction works will be as follows:

  • 18th April – 20th April: Crummock undertaking remedial works to road surfacing defect on the northbound lane at Pilrig Street junction
  • 23rd April – 4th May: MacKenzie Construction undertaking works to install cycleway delineators at the locations noted above
  • 23rd April – 4th May: (for a period of up to 2 weeks) Crummock undertaking further defect remedial works at various locations between Iona Street and Brunswick Street

2 thoughts on “New measures aimed at keeping cyclists safe on Leith Walk

  1. ray withey

    bike lanes on pavements are dangerous,people are getting hit by speeding bikes whilst exiting bus stops.put bikes back onto the road before someone is seriously hurt or even worse killed.visually impaired people are now terrified to use this section of the street as their guide dogs do not know its a bike lane.please sort it out

    1. Bruce Ryan

      Dear Ray Withey

      Thanks you for your comment on LCCC’s website. I’ve checked my substantive reply with the LCCC office-bearers.

      As someone who frequently cycles on Leith Walk, I agree that on-pavement bike-lanes on the naturally downhill (west) side of Leith Walk are dangerous to pedestrians, because it is likely that cyclists will be going too fast, and so I do not use them, nor would I encourage to use these lanes.

      Secondly, LCCC has long campaigned for the repairs to Leith Walk to be finished. In my experience, the current road-surfaces are dangerous. For example, I have to spend some time look out for potholes, rather than for other traffic. Alternatively, I could ignore the road-surface and risk being thrown off. I would also sympathise with any motorist who, through no fault of their own, hit a cyclist – living with such an accident would be extremely unpleasant.

      However, I can’t disagree with the **idea** of cycle-lanes on the naturally uphill (east) side of Leith Walk. These protect cyclists from traffic, especially where motorists double-park. Without the lanes, cyclists would be forced into the main traffic lanes, holding up traffic and making us vulnerable to the actions of impatient motorists. Going uphill, cyclists will be slow enough to avoid or stop for pedestrians. So I’m not against these cycle-lanes being closer to pedestrians than they are to motor-traffic.

      Having said that, I’m not wildly impressed by the current design of the cycle-lanes. There should be better separation of them from pedestrian areas. (Leith Central CC has lobbied for this. Mostly thanks to the work of a blind member, LCCC is very aware that blind people may be endangered because their guide dogs are unlikely to understand where the pavement stops and cycle-lanes start.) The ‘tactile’ paving barrier does not seem offer suitable protection for anyone.

      Kind regards

      Bruce Ryan
      LCCC web-weaver and minutes secretary

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