Cycling hints and tips from Cycle Law Scotland

(These are from Cycle Law Scotland, so are for information, rather than an endorsement of them. Full disclosure: LCCC’s webweaver (Bruce Ryan) is personally in favour of CLS’s work. He particularly likes tips 6 and 14: don’t cycle on the pavement and do enjoy your cycling! He adds: in these benighted times, a decent lock is a must.

You can download a PDF of these hints and tips from CLS HINTS AND TIPS INFO CARD. Please distribute it however you can!)

  1. ‘M’ Check – before every cycle it is worth carrying out the ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is in working order and ready for your planned route.
  2. Helmet – although not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is advisable and will protect your head from injury in a low speed impact. It will also keep the wind out of your hair.
  3. Bike Lights – if you are cycling in the dark, lights are a legal requirement. Light up, they help you to be seen but also help you to see the road ahead.
  4. Bell – can be particularly useful on cycle paths. They can be used to warn others of your presence to avoid incidents between cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists with other cyclists.
  5. High Visibility Clothing – although not a legal requirement, it does help to increase your visibility on the road. It is also advisory under the Highway Code.
  6. Pavements – it is illegal to cycle on the pavement unless it is a shared use path. A shared path will have a blue sign with a bicycle showing that you are allowed to cycle there.
  7. Primary & Secondary Road Positions – adopting a primary position on the road helps to increase your visibility and safety.
  8. Planning Your Route – tell someone where you plan to go if you are out cycling alone. If you know the route and how far you are planning to cycle, you can make sure you have enough food and water with you as well as the likely hazards you may come across.
  9. Puncture Repair Kit, Tube & Pump – it is always helpful to carry these when out cycling. Even if you cannot repair a puncture, another cyclist may be able to stop and provide assistance.
  10. Dress for the Weather – the weather is ever-changing in Scotland so make sure to check the forecast and plan your route and any stops accordingly. A waterproof is all too often required. You can store this in a small rucksack.
  11. Glasses – helpful in sun, wind or rain and especially when you have all three! Glasses protect your eyes against insects and from your eyes watering which can blur your vision.
  12. Take your Mobile – This allows you to take lovely photos while out enjoying your ride but also enables you to call for help if you ever need to.
  13. Take Cash – for any cake and coffee stops you want along the way.
  14. Enjoy being out on your bicycle – remember, you have every right to be there. Cycling is a great way to get around; it’s good for your health and for the environment.

Parking on pavements, cycle-paths etc

The following information was provided by Sergeant Weaver to Leith Central CC.

Parking on Pavements

Whilst it is currently not an offence to be parked on the pavement in Scotland, per se, legislation does exist to allow officers to deal with these type of incidents.

In most cases the offence of causing an obstruction will be most pertinent. There is no exact definition of obstruction, but a rule of thumb would be whether or not a pram or wheelchair could still navigate past, without having to going onto the roadway.

In most instances it will be necessary to examine the individual circumstances and determine what, if any, offences have been committed. Continue reading

LCCC draft November minutes

Click to download: 2017_11_27 draft

Please note that these are draft, and cannot be taken as accurate until approved (possibly after amendment) at LCCC’s January 2018 meeting. (LCCC will not meet in December.)

If you have any comments on these minutes, please lets us know. See our contacts page.

 

Stakeholder Update 116 – Leith Programme – Phase 4

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:54 on 2017_11_23)

In our last communication (27th October) we explained that the Contractor would be commencing the making good of defective works within remote worksites on Leith Walk.  This work is progressing well and we have taken the opportunity to also make good some defects in the work carried out during Phase 2 of the Leith Programme between the Foot of the Walk and Dalmeny Street.

Our current programme is as follows:

  • Replace bus shelter and install bus tracker at Albert Street – Complete
  • Phase 2 remedial works as above – Due to complete by 24th November
  • Make good surfacing to the southbound bus stop bypass at Shrubhill – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Resolve ponding issue to Brunswick Street cycleway – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Remove temporary footway ramps at Iona Street and Albert Street – Due to complete by 1st December
  • General making good works to kerbs and road/footway chambers – Due to complete by 1st December

Thank you for bearing with us as we complete these works.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Leith Programme Email address: leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk

Kind regards

Michael Motion
Leith Programme Project Team

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 115: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 14:55 on 2017_10_27. Mr Motion has confirmed that updates were not sent on 2017_10_13 and 2017_10_20.)

To confirm that the segregated cycleway, including the bus stop bypasses, and the 2-stage right turn for cyclists at the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction were opened for use on Wednesday 25th October.

As of next week, w/c 30th October, the contractor will be visible on site as they make good any defective works, within remote worksites.  Any impact on pedestrians and cyclists will be kept to an absolute minimum.

There will also be works carried out next week to replace the bus shelter at Albert Street and install the bus tracker at this location.  Unfortunately, we were unable to coordinate the sub-contractor to complete these works earlier, and so there will be an impact on the cycleway at this location which, again, we will try to keep to a minimum and ensure that the route is maintained.

Finally, there has been a small site compound set up within the parking bays at Albert Street to accommodate the contractor while it completes remaining works, which we anticipate will be for around 3-4 weeks. Continue reading