The next phase of works to improve the path between Leith and Portobello is being planned by but before works start council officers are seeking your views on their draft proposals.
As the map above shows, there are two main sections set for an upgrade. For the most part the proposals are fairly straight forwards and involve widening the shared use footpath to 3.5m for the length of the path between Portobello Prom and St Mary’s Primary School.
It’s also proposed to make more alterations at the Seafield Road/Seafield Street crossing too.
In Leith Links, there have also been some concerns raised about the speed of cyclists coming down off the ramp and into the park, and coming into conflict with pedestrians. There is therefore a proposal to alter the angle of the junction there, so as to encourage people to slow down and be more thoughtful towards other path users at this point.
If there is anything contentious about these proposals it is likely to be the design of this junction. Do you think the council should consider any other designs?
Here’s a few other options we’d like your thoughts on.
1. Speed bumps
At the Millenium Bridge in York, they have small speed bumps on the path to deter people from speeding.
2. Better path markings and signage
In the Meadows, the shared paths there are split in two, with a section for cyclists and section for pedestrians. At junctions, “rumble strips,” and a different coloured more tactile surface indicates to all path users that they need to take more care.
At the foot of middle meadow walk there are higher volumes of cycles and pedestrians with a longer gradient before the junction, and this seems to work.
Any kind of physical barrier like this is unpopular with cyclists and potentially a hazard in poorly lit areas. But on the other hand they certainly slow cyclists down.
4. Do nothing
…and of course there may be folk who would prefer to see no change at all.
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments to this post, and we’ll feed anything we get into the next Leith Links Steering Group, where this proposal is on the agenda.
When will it happen?
A council statement said: “It is currently anticipated that work on this scheme will commence on site in February 2014, and will last for approximately six weeks. Further information on construction dates and any access restrictions during construction will be available in January 2014.
“We would welcome any comments or suggestions relating to the proposals – please forward these to [email protected] or alternatively call 0131 469 3592.
“The closing date for any comments is Friday 20th December 2013. A response will be provided to all enquiries/comments after this date.”
You can download the detailed pdf files of the proposals from the Talk Porty forum, where they’ve already been posted.