Cyclists take to street to support £6m cycle “superhighway”

Cyclists in support of a cycle path from Roseburn to Haymarket organised by Henry Whaley and Green MSP Alison Johnstone. Picture; Greg Macvean
Cyclists in support of a cycle path from Roseburn to Haymarket organised by Henry Whaley and Green MSP Alison Johnstone. Picture; Greg Macvean
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AROUND 200 cyclists took to the streets this morning to show support for a proposed £6 million cycle “superhighway” stretching across central Edinburgh.

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Picture; Greg Macvean

Picture; Greg Macvean

Campaigners and residents cycled from Charlotte Square to Roseburn during the rush hour to demonstrate the importance of the plans - with Green MSPs and several councillors turning up to show their support.

But a counter-protest of shop keepers and Roseburn locals gathered to meet them at the finish line, carrying placards emblazoned with anti-cycle track slogans.

Blueprints set to go before the council tomorrow could see the creation of a new cycle route linking the east and west of the city, plugging a crucial gap in the Capital’s cycle network.

The finished scheme would run from Roseburn to Leith Walk, slicing through the city centre.

Cyclists are met by protestors who are against the cycle path. Picture; Greg Macvean

Cyclists are met by protestors who are against the cycle path. Picture; Greg Macvean

But a section of the plans through Roseburn Terrace has caused mass protest from residents who think the narrowing of the road and reduction in parking will destroy local shops.

Alternative plans aimed at addressing this – dubbed Option B – show cyclists diverted away from Roseburn Terrace via Roseburn Place and Roseburn Street. But cycling campaigners argue Option B is a flawed compromise.

The scheme will go before city leaders tomorrow morning.