Pedestrian Parade planned for European Car-free Day
Friday September 22nd 2000 is European Car-free Day. Unfortunately Edinburgh will not be taking part, although there are plans for this to change for 2001. There will however be a Pedestrian Parade. By taking part you can;-
The walk will be led by Robin Harper MSP. There will be a petition for you to sign asking the Scottish Executive to support the European Charter of Pedestrians' rights and there will be leaflets handed out with information on pedestrians' rights and needs.
Assemble: 12 noon in East Market Street (next to Waverley Station Car Park); stewards in Green Party T-shirts will be there to help you!
March: 12.30 - 13.00 through Market Street, Waverley Bridge, Princes Street, The Mound and The Royal Mile to East Parliament Square
If you plan to participate as a representative of an organisation please bring a banner or placard! One can also be made for you but you need to let the organisers know!
For more information or for leaflets to publicise the event contact Philine Gaffron, 0131 455 5168 (day) or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Spokes West Lothian Map
Latest in the fabulous series of great maps from SPOKES (largely the work of long time members Tim Smith and Peter Hawkins) comes West Lothian. The previous Edinburgh map was part funded by the Scottish Office Cycle Challenge. All SOCC projects have recently been evaluated. The SPOKES Map Project has been judged to be the only one that was innovative AND successful. People (mainly in North Edinburgh) were offered free maps and then asked if they cycled more as a result - many did!
The idea behind the WL map is similar - to stimulate interest in many aspects of use of the countryside as an incentive for new/potential cyclists, as well as established ones. To publicise the new map, and also to get it into the public eye as quickly and as widely as possible, 2000 are being given away free (to addresses in W.Lothian) to people who return a simple questionnaire which then forms a useful database for future contacts.Price (retail) £4.95
This map is due to be highly popular not least because it features the rapidly improving Union Canal and Sustrans NCN Route 75. The towpath from Sighthill to The Ratho Inn has just been surfaced to a high (and wide) standard.
So buy the map and explore.......
Sponsored by the Auldcathie Trust (which administers Landfill Tax Credits on behalf of J.M.Kennie of Winchburgh) Double-sided map, in full colour throughout. Sheet size 1010 x 780mm and 195 x 126 when folded One side: Whole of West Lothian at approx 2" to 1 mile. Also covers the area between the eastern edge of West Lothian and the Edinburgh built-up area (Kirkliston, Newbridge, Ratho, etc). This makes continuous coverage with Edinburgh map, and also covers the area around Bo'ness which is actually in Falkirk District.
Similar style and features to Midlothian Map (1998) but with more colour. West Lothian also has a LOT more cycle facilities: Off-road paths, Canal towpath, NCN Route 75 (includes Aidrie-Bathgate) with the advantage of rail access (bikes carried FREE on Scotrail) if you want to increase the range of your rides.
Other side: At request of sponsors concentrates on Union Canal through Broxburn, Winchburgh, Philpstoun and Linlithgow. Town plans at 1:10,000, plus info panels on Places of Interest, History notes, wildlife, rail access, Millennium Link and even the Shale Bings... distinctive West Lothian landmarks! Lots to read, also useful contact numbers.
Edinburgh to St. Andrews Ride 2000
IT'S OFFICIAL - National Cycle Network OPEN!! (22.6.00)
Real money for Safe Routes to School
Transport and Environment Minister Sarah Boyack has just announced (11.00 25.5.00) that Local Authorities will have £5.2 MILLION to spend on 'Safer Routes to school' in the current financial year. The money will be spread evenly across Scotland by population so Edinburgh should get about £450,000 East Lothian about £90,000, Midlothian £80,000 and West Lothian around £150,000. (Scottish population staistics)
This is a very significant amount of money. Edinburgh already has a good Safer Routes programme which has so far spent about £100,000 p.a. with very little in the first year because of all the consultation and planning work.
There is therefore a real chance that some councils will actually have difficulty spending the money or be tempted to install expensive or inappropriate schemes just to use the money. It is hoped that the Government will be able to indicate that this level of funding will be available for a number of years - it's needed!
The Scottish Executive expects the money to be spent on
He met City of Edinburgh
Council officials Kevin McMahon (responsible for many good
things including Safe
Routes to School)
and Cycling Officer Matthew Simpson at Rodney Street Tunnel
(see below). In the evening he told a meeting of Sustrans
Supporters that he was most impressed with the work that was
being done on the A9 cycle route (most of it well away from
the notorious road). He was particularly pleased that the
Scottish Executive had found extra money for the route to be
tarmaced. Also nearing completion is
the route through Glen Ogle, mostly on the former railway
line to Oban, which will allow a spectacular ride from
Callander to Killin avoiding the A84. John Grimshaw is due on
Reporting Scotland (BBC1) on Tue June 30th 6.30.
He met City of Edinburgh Council officials Kevin McMahon (responsible for many good things including Safe Routes to School) and Cycling Officer Matthew Simpson at Rodney Street Tunnel (see below). In the evening he told a meeting of Sustrans Supporters that he was most impressed with the work that was being done on the A9 cycle route (most of it well away from the notorious road). He was particularly pleased that the Scottish Executive had found extra money for the route to be tarmaced.
Also nearing completion is the route through Glen Ogle, mostly on the former railway line to Oban, which will allow a spectacular ride from Callander to Killin avoiding the A84.
John Grimshaw is due on Reporting Scotland (BBC1) on Tue June 30th 6.30.
Days of heavy rain in Edinburgh resulted in severe flooding in several places on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday (26/7.4). Houses were flooded in several places between Stockbridge and Bonnington when walls collapsed under the weight of water. Other areas affected included Roseburn, Colinton and Duddingston Road West flooding the Innocent cycle path where it crosses the Braid Burn.
The scaffolding and timber platform being used as part of the Water of Leith Millennium Project floated away and was smashed. Further downstream sections of newly created path were washed out - either partly or completely. This highlights the folly of using whin dust surfaces in areas subject to flooding. Heavily used paths in urban areas should always be tarmaced. Apart from being a better surface for walking or cycling they also need less maintenance - even without floods!
There is strong evidence that car use is partly responsible for climate change. Even if there is no real link, there can be little doubt that increased development means that rain water runs off more quickly either directly into watercourses or into sewers that, by design or default, deliver water into burns and rivers.
It clear that Edinburgh needs to take a careful look at all new developments and their effects on other parts of the city. Whether that's in traffic volumes or the potential for disastrous floods.