Letters: Bicycles are for the road, not tram

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Once again we have the cycling lobby intruding into our lives, (‘Bikes to be allowed on trams as two-month trial hailed a success’, News, July 1).

According to the leader of numerous bodies in City of Edinburgh Council, Lesley Hinds (oh, how I so regret voting for her) “the tram route connects to several cycle paths leading around the city and this will hopefully encourage more people into public transport.”

Sorry, am I missing something here Ms Hinds? The people you should be encouraging into public transport are pedestrians and car drivers using park and ride, not cyclists.

Her chief collaborator, it seems to me is, Spokes-man Ian Maxwell, who has welcomed the decision and urges cyclists “to respect other tram users”. This was the man who not too long ago took the authorities to task, over a cyclist being stopped from cycling the wrong way down a one-way street.

I was always led to believe, that, the point in cycling was that it got you fitter and was better for the environment. Considering that Edinburgh is relatively small, why do cyclists need to board a tram?

Sitting outside the Huxley at the west end having a coffee recently, I counted 11 cyclists pass me by on the pavement in 38 minutes.

I suggest that Ms Hinds gets out of the City Chambers and that Mr Maxwell joins her at the west end or the bottom of the Mound, that’s another cyclist short cut, and actually does something about these pavement menaces.

Jim Taylor, Essendean Place, Edinburgh

SNP bluster on wind farm subsidies row

The Tory general election manifesto promised to end wind farm subsidies by April 2017.

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) announced on 18 June that subsidies would stop in April 2016 a year earlier than promised.

During First Minister’s Questions Nicola Sturgeon called this decision “wrong-headed, perverse and downright outrageous”.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing warned the UK Government “this decision may well be the subject of a judicial review”.

So much bluster and hot air from them both, since on 21 June, Fergus Ewing revealed that the Scottish Government would not take legal action on this issue.

With ministers like them, no wonder Scotland’s energy security is in a hazardous situation.

Clark Cross Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Renewable energy is the way forward

On 17 June, 9000 people came together to ask their MPs to make sure the government takes strong action on climate change.

Thanks to our friends, supporters and many of your readers, our MPs now realise that people from all parts of the UK, from every walk of life, want them to do more to tackle one of the greatest issues of our age

We’d like to thank everyone who joined us. By keeping the pressure on Parliament, and being part of The Climate Coalition, you’ve helped strengthen the case for investment in renewable energy and a low-carbon economy in which nature and people everywhere can flourish.

In the run-up to international climate talks in Paris later this year, there’s still time for anyone who couldn’t join us to make their voice heard.

Visit www.fortheloveof.org.uk/speakup to send a message to your MP and call for more action to protect the things you love.

David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK

Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD

Loretta Minghella, Chief Executive, Christian Aid.

Marylyn Haines-Evans, Public Affairs Chair, National Federation of Womens Institutes

(members of The Climate Coalition)

Murray’s support over LDP is welcome

AS someone affected by the city’s Local Development Plan in relation to Gilmerton, I get the impression Alex Orr is more concerned with advertising the SNP than the inconvenience of residents of Edinburgh South (Letters, June 26.

The Labour member Ian Murray has sent me emails on the subject, but I have heard next to nothing from Jim Eadie and Kenny MacAskill.

John Taylor, Drum Street, Edinburgh