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Tramlines: take care & take action

Tramline crashes are now less frequent than in 2013, with changes to the Haymarket taxi rank and greater awareness by regular cyclists.   Nonetheless they continue.  What can be done?…

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Three April events PoP up

The latest Spokesworker is out – with a call to help at Pedal on Parliament, news of 2 long-distance route events, and lots more local and national news…

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Spokes Bulletin 118

Out now!  …  Edinburgh progress in sustainable transport; Preventing Haymarket tramline crashes;  Transport & Planning: failure in joined-up thinking; Council Local Transport Strategy supplement; Everyday bike use pictures; and loads more…

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Edinburgh Local Transport Strategy 2014-19

[Update 14.1.14: The LTS was approved today by councillors and can now be quoted as Council policy]. The Council’s new Local Transport Strategy is a major document setting out a detailed policy framework for transport decisions over the next 5 years.  In general its content is very welcome and will be extremely valuable to quote when [...]

Tramline Traumas

In the first 2 days after Haymarket area was reopened to traffic we heard of 4 cyclist tramline crashes, three involving minor injury and bike damage, and one with no injury, but which was video’d.  Crashes continue with dreadful frequency.  Why is this happening, and what is your safest route?…

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Princes Street : fight continues

photo: Chris Hill

Will traffic-free cycling be provided for in Princes Street? The cycling ban in the proposed traffic-free north (shops) side of Princes Street is a critical question for city centre accessibility. It also threatens Edinburgh’s growing international reputation as Scotland’s top cycling city – see below.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted [...]

Are cyclists buses or taxis?

Spokes has submitted its comments on the Council’s plans for the future of Princes Street and George Street…

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The Good, the Bad or the Ugly??

What do Spokes members think about Princes Street, about tramlines and about Edinburgh City Council’s Quality Bike Corridor?   Now we know …

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Princes Street 1-way bike ban?

Radical council proposals for the future of Princes Street and George Street appear to include a ban on cycling eastbound in Princes Street.

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London v. Edinburgh

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, has introduced a remarkable new cycling policy, backed up by serious funding.  How does this, and particularly the funding levels, compare to Edinburgh?

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