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.
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.
— Adam McVey (@adamrmcvey) April 26, 2014
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.