Following some Twitter chat between local cyclists we decided that there really should be some sort of a Leith feeder ride for the Pedal on Parliament protest ride. Afterall, Leithers have something to protest about given that Leith Walk has been named and shamed in the top 10 of the worst UK cycling streets.
So we’ve come up with a route that avoids Leith Walk. It is mainly on traffic free paths and quiet streets to help get folk from Leith to the Meadows. Although there are a few short stretches of busy road, by and large it should be fairly pleasant, as it takes in Leith Links, Lochend Park and Holyrood Park.
Here’s a map of it:[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=203830872605418776007.0004bdd2cfaa37b2d69c6&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=55.958426,-3.171444&spn=0.052852,0.094242&z=13&output=embed&w=550&h=550]
There is a bit of a hill up from Holyrood to the Commie Pool. But don’t worry – this isn’t a race or a competition. As it’s a protest, style wins out over speed. Indeed we positively welcome folk who subscribe to the school of cycling thought that says “if you’re sweating you’re going too fast.”
Anyone who wants to join this historic protest is welcome to come along with us for the ride.
We’re meeting at 12.45pm on the 28th of April outside Mal Maison on the Shore – aiming for a 1pm depart.
The official protest ride itself doesn’t actually leave the Meadows until 3pm, so there’s plenty of time. As a minimum, we reccomend you bring food, a waterproof and a puncture repair kit.
Incidentally, as we will cycle past Holyrood, you will be able to use the same route to get back to Leith after the protest is all over.
Lastly, if you need more information you should check out the Pedal on Parliament website which gives you a good idea what you can expect once we reach the Meadows.
Boring small print: This is not an ‘official’ Greener Leith ride, although the chances are there will be a few of the bike leaders we trained up as part of our We Love Leith project on it.
So although there will be friendly people who know where to go, ultimately if you come on the ride you should know that you are responsible for your own safety and that of any bairns you bring with you.
Nobody is insured or paid to look after you so in the extremely unlikely event that something bad happens please don’t sue us or expect us to pay for taxis to get you home.