Leith councillor calls for bike safety improvements after Pedal on Parliament

Adam McVey

Leith Councillor, and now vice-convenor of the Transport and Environment Committee, Adam McVey has called on officials to assess whether there is any scope to improve the design of the Meadowbank shopping centre junction to make it safer for cyclists.

He pledged to take action after joining Leithers to ride to the Pedal on Parliament protest this weekend.

The ride took the safest possible route from Leith Links to the Meadows, but as the council still has a long way to go before its “family network” of paths is fully joined up, to complete the journey people still needed to cycle on the road in places.

Indeed, if you look at the plans (click twice on the map below for a larger version) for the family network set out in the council’s Active Travel Action Plan, it could be at least 2020, before safe links are built in this area.

Family Network

The area outside the Meadowbank shopping centre is the most dangerous part, as cyclists travelling West from Marionville Road must negotiate a roundabout, and then cut across a lane of traffic in order to get into the right position on the junction so that they can continue westwards on London Road.

The cycle facilities that do exist around the junction are non-existent on the Westward arms of the junction, and whilst there is a segregated route provided for people travelling in the opposite direction, it is short, badly signposted, deeply inconvenient and ends in a bus stop on Marionville Road (really).

In short, there’s certainly room for improvement. And therefore most cyclists will welcome this pledge from Cllr McVey.

Just goes to show how helpful it is to have politicians actually come out on these rides to experience for themselves what it’s like to navigate through the city by bike, and perhaps discover at first hand how other, less confident, or more vulnerable cyclists (such as people with children in a bike seat), may experience “on-road” cycle facilities that officials may regard as ‘adequate.’

Greener Leith would like to thank Grant Mason once again for leading the Leith feeder ride to Pedal on Parliament this year.

Written by Ally Tibbitt

Ally Tibbitt is a member of Greener Leith. He looks after this website.


  • Lindsay

    Well done, I agree that was the worst part of the ride, with the section on London Road too. Please do all you can to make us safer.

  • Michael Traill

    I think any work undertaken to created segregated cycle routes is a postiive one.

    Most mornings I get the x26 from Porty to the City Centre and most mornings the bus has to go slow, despite the road ahead being clear, as there is a slow moving cyclist and no room for the bus to get past.

    The bus is usually full with people standing, so that must be about 60 people. id say that particular bus journey is environmentally friendly yet one cyclist holds another 60 up.

    Most segregated routes accross the country is probably the way forward.