Transport network ideas described as ‘extremely valuable’

AN interactive map – inviting ideas from the general public about Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure – has been described as “extremely valuable” by the city’s transport convener.

Writing for the website of The Edinburgh Reporter, Cllr Lesley Macinnes, makes reference to a map asking for suggestions about the city’s streets, pavements, etc – with a deadline of June 29 for input.

She writes: “Not only has our own analysis shown pedestrian and cyclist numbers rocketing, but, since launching the interactive map, we’ve received thousands of ideas for making it easier and safer to get around the city by foot, bike or wheelchair.

“It’s clear there’s work to do – and we’re responding. Every suggestion – from removing guardrails on narrow pavements to pedestrianising streets, to speed reduction or pop-up cycle lanes – is extremely valuable.

“This process is a very complex one and our teams are working flat-out to assess and consider responses, as well as linking them to those actions already identified across the city.”

But she adds: “From inception to delivery, each scheme’s timescales can vary significantly, and we must target the projects that deliver the greatest benefits.

“For this reason, we won’t be able to undertake every suggestion, but each one gives us an invaluable insight into the kind of city people want to see [once lockdown restrictions to the Coronavirus pandemic are eased], and we’re taking this on board.”

She mentions too that more than 5km of pop-up cycle lanes have been installed, to Edinburgh’s two main hospitals, “adding to some road closures to help people walk, cycle and wheel to their local greenspaces and amenities”.

Read the article, here.

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