Yesterday, a local cyclist shared a letter she’d sent to the council with Greener Leith. We publish it below and have lent our support to this fairly straightforwards ask.
Having seen on the Greener Leith blog that you recently were able to get the bit of path from West Bowling Green Street to the north Edinburgh path beside the Water of Leith tarmaced to improve access (it’s made a big difference to my commute as I can now go this way in all weathers, staying off Great Junction St and Ferry Road), I wonder if you’d be able to work a bit of magic on the access / cut through from The Quilts to West Bowling Green Street Link to Google Map street view of the bit I’m talking about: http://g.co/maps/qxgu8 (I hope it’s pointing the right way)
At the moment, there’s no dropped kerb access on the Quilts side, meaning that the barrier across the road is very effective at making it difficult to cycle through (it’s on my cycle route to work).
I manage to squeeze through on the right hand side, where a bollard has been cut down, but I frequently bash my pedals, and if there is a car parked on the Quilts side, it’s very difficult to get through. Not only that, but the far side of the barrier is very overgrown with grass/weeds, and it collects litter and dog mess, making it unpleasant and difficult to cycle through.
I appreciate that the purpose of the barrier is probably to prevent motorcycles using it as a cut-through, but the downside is that cyclists, wheelchair users and people pushing pushchairs have a much more difficult time getting past.
It’s particularly trepidatious in cold weather, when cobbles can turn slippy / icy very quickly. Installing a dropped kerb, or perhaps just putting a small “ramp” of tarmac to smooth off the kerb on either side, would be really great. Any chance?
[Name and address withheld]