Leith walk is one of top 10 worst roads to cycle on in the UK. But is it really that bad? I attached a camera to my bike (basket-cam) and cycled from the top to the foot (bottom) of the walk to find out:
Watch Leith Walk: It’s a Nightmare (for bikes) on Youtube[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OlwzoUk17k&w=560&h=315]
Last weekend Leithers joined with 4000 cyclists in Edinburgh and 10,000 cyclists in London for the national ‘Pedal on the Parliament‘ protest. The aim was to raise awareness of the need to make cycling safer. You can read about the Pedal on the Parliament Leith Feeder Ride on Greener Leith and more about the Edinburgh protest on STV Local.
It’s much harder to control a bike when you’re continually hitting potholes. Add speeding motorists, meandering pedestrians and parked car doors that could open at any moment…. you can see why cycling on Leith walk is a nightmare.
If you see a dangerous hole in the road you can report it to the council through Fix My Street, it takes less than a minute. Don’t just moan about it, why not report it?
Sustrans named Leith Walk in their UK cycling black list, have you cycled on any of their top ten worst roads? How does your street compare to Leith Walk and do you think it should be included in the list? Send us a photo or even better, make a video and add it to the comments below.
The good news for Leith Walk is the Council have set aside at least 3.5 million to improve things this year and they’re consulting the locals too. Read more about their plans on the City of Edinburgh Council Website.
Hurrah for movie stars Ewan Fleck and Judith. Ewan saw me attaching a slightly rickety basket-cam and came over and offered wire to help secure it. Judith told me all about her experience of cycling down ‘The Walk’ holding on for dear life. Because I chose a movie trailer style film template I wasn’t able to add additonal credits, boo!