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Tramline Extension Consultation

Update 29.4.18:  The full Spokes 25-page submission [5MB pdf] and tweet.

Edinburgh Council is consulting on extending the tramline to Leith and Newhaven – comments close on 29 April.   Spokes has submitted initial views on some major areas of concern… Continue reading Tramline Extension Consultation

West-East Cycleroute will get you to Pilrig, not to Leith? #spokesmtg

1. Stop Press: as we publish this article consultation drawings go on display on the tram extension website.
2.  For documents about the tramline extension consultation see our developing tramline extension page.

The proposals in the York Place to Newhaven tram extension consultation are just proposals, and can be changed.  But, if they remain, cycleroute provision between Pilrig and Foot of the Walk will be dreadful.   These were the two top themes to emerge from our March 15 public meeting on the tram extension. Continue reading West-East Cycleroute will get you to Pilrig, not to Leith? #spokesmtg

Spokes Bulletin 130 … featuring tramline & Leith Walk issues

 Our Spring (despite the weather!) 2018 Bulletin is out with special attention to what is now happening over the controversial 2017 issues of Leith Walk, Leith Street and Picardy Place – and the forthcoming huge 2018 subject of the tramline extension (for which there are some ominous hints).   And, of course, there’s much more … read on!! … Continue reading Spokes Bulletin 130 … featuring tramline & Leith Walk issues

Inactive Travel?

Spokes has written to Edinburgh City’s Transport Convener, Cllr Lesley Macinnes, about the extensive and lengthening delays in implementing planned cycle and walking projects, many of which are now on hold. Continue reading Inactive Travel?

Picardy final proposals

[23.1.18 update:  Our pre-Committee letter to Councillors]

Following the December consultation, the Council has released its final proposals.   The gyratory remains, but, within that context, there are major improvements for cycling and walking. Continue reading Picardy final proposals

Outlook for 🚲 in 2018 Edinburgh

Cycle infrastructure progress in 2018 Edinburgh looks set to be somewhat frustrating, with an ambitious bike share scheme and several modest cycle schemes, but no physical work yet on the ‘big 3’ flagship infrastructure projects. Continue reading Outlook for 🚲 in 2018 Edinburgh

2017 top tweets: bike/rail, budgets, road danger, infrastructure

Below are the most popular Spokes tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs).   A fascinating picture!! Continue reading 2017 top tweets: bike/rail, budgets, road danger, infrastructure

Transforming the City Centre, Picardy and Leith Street

Latest 6.12.17:  ‘Picardy Group’ set up to oppose the Picardy Place gyratory plan.  Manifesto  Broughton Spurtle article

It is not widely realised that Edinburgh City Council has begun internal discussions on a potential major ‘Transformation’ of the City Centre… Continue reading Transforming the City Centre, Picardy and Leith Street

Traffic count: highest ever Nov bike %, despite extra diverted cars

Our November traffic count, averaged over our 4 regular count points, found bikes forming 16.5% of all vehicles – our highest ever November percentage, just over last year’s 16.4%.   Bikes comprised 22.9% of all citybound vehicles (the highest ever) and 8.2% southbound (down slightly from 8.9% last year).  Continue reading Traffic count: highest ever Nov bike %, despite extra diverted cars

Spokes is 40!!

“Spokes led that charge, which was a lonely position when Spokes began … but they were right,”
Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of Edinburgh City Council.

“One of the most effective campaign groups I’ve ever known – and all done by volunteers.  Proud to have been a member for 30+ years!”
Mark Lazarowicz, former Council Leader and Leith MP.

Continue reading Spokes is 40!!