Drawing pins found scattered on new Edinburgh cycle path

A warning has been issued to cyclists after drawing pins were found on a new cycle path in the Capital.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 5:32 pm

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It is understood the pins were found scattered about between the Holiday Inn and the Blackhall Dip on Queensferry Road on Friday, 30 April.

Police and City of Edinburgh Council were made aware of the hazard and the pins have now been cleared.

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Entrance to the Holiday Inn on Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, near to where the drawing pins were found.

Councillor for Inverleith Ward Hal Osler said it is not the first time the cycle paths in the city have been targeted.

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Speaking about the drawing pins she said: “I was very disappointed and horrified to learn of this last Friday, it is incredibly irresponsible and a very dangerous thing to do.

"There have been similar issues periodically on the path network in the past and it is really sad to see this reoccur.

"Luckily it was reported quickly by members of the local Blackhall community and individuals very kindly went out to check to see if any remained.

"The police and the council are now aware and the area will be checked, hopefully this will be an isolated incident.”

Police Scotland has been contacted for comment.

It remains unclear as to what the motive behind the drawing pins is, but Cllr Osler ruled out that it had any connection with the city’s new Spaces for People project.

In a tweet following the incident she said: “It’s [drawing pin scattering] happened before on the paths and pre-dates anything to do with Spaces for People.”

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