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City Centre Transformation … and EdFoC

Spokes is putting on 4 events during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, including a major public meeting on Edinburgh Council’s Transformation project – and Glasgow’s similar Connectivity Commission.

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Tramline Extension Consultation

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…

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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, […]

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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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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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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Scottish Parliament debates🚲and🚶‍♀️

Spokes was referenced by no fewer than five MSPs during the debate! An interesting set of amendments was discussed, but there were no new announcements and one important funding issue was forgotten …

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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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