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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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…

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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).

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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 […]

Regional 🚲 perspective is vital – #SpokesMtg

Councils in the Lothians are keen to grow bike use, but face similar problems of budget cuts, extensive new greenfield housing, scary A- and B-roads, and inadequate funding and coordination on cross-boundary cycleroutes. These were top messages from our packed-out public meeting on cycling plans in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Cycling Plans in the New Councils – November 9 Public Meeting

New Edinburgh and Lothians Councils were elected in May 2017. Now that they have settled in, what are their plans and policies for cycling as transport? Find out and ask your questions at our public meeting on Thursday 9 November…

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Spokes Bulletin 129 … featuring E-mobility & big cycling investment

Our Winter 2017/18 Bulletin is out … with a special feature on e-mobility and highlighting the great Scottish government decision to double active travel investment to £15 per person. And, of course, there’s much more … read on!! … […]