A CYCLEWAY between Roseburn and the Forth Road Bridge has reopened after undergoing a major upgrade.
The route, next to the A90, has been widened, resurfaced and upgraded, while a new safety barrier with anti-glare has been installed.
Sustrans Scotland is delighted that the route has been made much more family-friendlyJohn Lauder
Cramond and Dalmeny Primary School pupils were amongst the first to try out the revamped National Cycle Network Route 1 at Burnshot Wood.
The improvements are part of a £1.5 million cyclepath improvement scheme being run by the city council, Transport Scotland and Sustrans.
Transport leader Councillor Lesley Hinds, who also rode her bike to try out the new path, said: “I am delighted to be able to try out this safe and accessible route, which will open up cycling and walking opportunities for many people travelling between Roseburn and the Forth Road Bridge.
“The A90 project is the result of years of partnership working between the council, Transport Scotland and Sustrans and it’s great to see this take shape for the benefit of the public.”
Transport Minister Derek Mackay said the Scottish Government wanted to get more people on to two wheels.
He said: “Cycling has clear health and environmental benefits for all and the Scottish Government is firmly committed to increasing our record levels of investment, almost £40m last year, not just on infrastructure but also by actively promoting cycling as a positive transport option.
“This A90 corridor is an extremely important part of the network linking commuters from Fife and Edinburgh to workplaces along this route and providing a safer route for children to cycle to school.
“The city council is already making cycling easier through its Active Travel Action Plan and is leading the way in Scotland for modal share.
“Partnership working with Sustrans and local authorities on projects just like this are key to achieving our shared vision of ten per cent of every-day trips by bike by 2020.”
Sustainable transport charity Scotland said it expected the new route to be well used.
Director John Lauder said: “Sustrans Scotland is delighted that the Roseburn to Forth Bridge section of National Cycle Network Route 1 has been made much more family-friendly – and it’s great that some of Edinburgh’s youngest cyclists are already taking to the path. The route is a showpiece for locals and visitors alike. It is also a route well used by people making their commute to work by bicycle.
“I’m happy Sustrans Scotland has been able to contribute to this project utilising funds from Transport Scotland, which were match funded by the city council. Projects like this help in delivering the goal of making Scotland’s communities safe and attractive places for walking and cycling.”