News & policy 2012 to present
1401 Local Transport Strategy 2014-19 contains many policies on and relevant to cycling. See item 1401 on our council transport policy page.
1312 Cycling policy motion This motion [see item 9.3] [pdf 37k] from Cllr Jim Orr [responsible for cycling policy] was passed by the full council on 12.12.13.
1304 ATAP Actions Review - Spokes ATAP review paper [pdf 80k] commenting on future directions for ATAP
1304 Coloured Surfacing - Spokes coloured surfacing paper to CEC [pdf 102k] seeking review of the new ‘Coloured Surfacing Protocol’ which uses solely the red-chip method to color cycle lanes.
1301 Draft Public and Accessible Transport Action Plan [PATAP] [doc 5.9MB] Please comment by 15.3.13 – address on last page. We are very unhappy with this document as no proper integration with cycling – see notes in Spokesworker 24 February 2013. Spokes response [txt 1k]; CTC response [doc 16k].
1301 Progress on ATAP has fallen behind – a report is due out in a few months. However the council decision to allocate 5% of its transport budget to cycling (planned to rise a further 1% annually) means a big rise in investment, plus – crucial to the timescale! – more staff on cycling. Sadly, government cycling investment (which mainly feeds through to councils), despite a few small boosts, is still only hovering around 1% of total transport spending.
1301 Interview with Council Leader Andrew Burns video interview by Edinburgh Innertube Map.
Active Travel Action Plan – developments up to 2011
The City of Edinburgh Council [CEC] Cycle Action Plan forms part of a wider Active Travel Action Plan [ATAP]. The process has been guided by an ATAP Board on which Spokes was represented.
Overall we are pleased with the Plan, although not all our points were included and there are some disappointments. Also speed of implementation post 2010/11 will depend critically on future funding decisions by the Scottish Government and by the Council – it will be up to Spokes and concerned individuals and other organisations to lobby hard on this.
The Action Plan, the Committee Report, and other related documents are downloadable below…
1103 CEC Active Travel Action Plan [pdf 4.1MB] – incorporating the Cycle Action Plan – as approved by CEC Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee 21 Sept 2010. Committee ATAP report [pdf 1.6MB] including notes on the funding and staffing necessary to implement the plan.
1007 Spokes response to draft ATAP. Our response comprises a letter [pdf 87k], our detailed response [doc* 1207k], and an appendix seeking answers on certain main points [doc, 38k]. *Our detailed response is a complex document prepared in Word, using the track changes and comment facilities. It can be read using Open Office, but this unfortunately results in a few layout differences, including in page numbering.
1006 Draft ATAP [doc 1240k] The ATAP includes a proposed ‘Family Network’ – a map of this will be in the final plan, but at present it is in 2 separate files, map 1: City [pdf 829k] and map 2: West [pdf 471k]. Comments on the draft (including any comments on the maps) must be submitted to the council by 25 July – see news item 27 June.
1004 Suggested CAP action points submitted by Spokes. ATAP Board members were asked to suggest action points, for themselves and/or others, for inclusion in the plan.
1003 Spokes public meeting on the ATAP, addressed by CEC Transport Convener Cllr Gordon Mackenzie – report in Spokesworker 20 April 2010. The report begins with a brief history of how we reached this point in the development of a CEC CAP. At the public meeting 85 people completed a questionnaire [pdf 110k] to help inform the Action Plan, and the results are in this public meeting survey report [pdf 345k].
0909 Transport consultant Richard Armitage was invited to Edinburgh by Spokes to discuss with members and with top council decision-makers how the City could meet its ambitious Charter of Brussels target for 15% of trips to be by bike by 2020. A paper of action-ideas prepared by Spokes after RA’s visit has been submitted to the CAP. There is also a report of the Spokes RA public meeting in Spokesworker 27.10.09.