Here are our most popular tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs). What will we see in 2016??
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It’s interesting to see that the most popular tweets – overwhelmingly – were about loss of existing facilities rather than opening of new ones. There is no doubt, for example, that Edinburgh Council’s planned East-West cycleroute is far more significant for the future of cycling in Edinburgh than was the banning of cycling on the Waverley Station ramp. Yet guess which tweet was the most popular?
The answer may lie in whether or not the closure of an existing facility seems reasonable, rational and well justified to the existing users. This may well explain the very strong feelings aroused by banning cyclists during the Forth Bridge closure with little evidence of serious consideration, scrapping of Edinburgh’s Saturday and offpeak bus lanes and the closure of the Waverley Station ramp.
Tweets calling for support for positive actions nonetheless are also amongst the top tweets – notably for the Pavement & Double Parking Bill and for Edinburgh Council’s 20mph plans.
… and of course many other tweets RT’d by fewer people. Find our favourite tweets (by Spokes and others) here.