Protest arranged over planned removal of cycle lane on busy Edinburgh road - your views online

"Lanark Road is an accident waiting to happen. Removing cars parked in the middle of the road reduces that risk.”

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 7:00 am
Green councillor Claire Miller has published an amendment calling for the Lanark Road project to be reviewed.
Green councillor Claire Miller has published an amendment calling for the Lanark Road project to be reviewed.

Lanark Road

Protest arranged over planned removal of cycle lane on busy Edinburgh road

Wendy Bell

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Green councillor Claire Miller has published an amendment calling for the Lanark Road project to be reviewed. Picture: JPIMedia

She should try living on Lanark Road. As a pedestrian crossing the road you have a downhill cycle lane, then bollards, then floating car parking spaces, then traffic and bollards and cycle lane before you get to the pavement. You used to drive in a straight line on a straight road, now you have to weave to avoid cars parked in the floating car parking spaces. If an emergency vehicle comes behind you there is nowhere to pull in to let it pass.

John Gibson

Why do we need a cycle lane on Lanark Road when there's already two adjacent cycle ways along the canal or the old Balerno rail line?

David Greig

Lanark Road is an accident waiting to happen. Removing cars parked in the middle of the road reduces that risk. Can hardly believe the council is seeing sense at last.

Charlie McGrigor

As a daily cyclist, I would never use the 'protected' cycle lanes on Ferry Road and notice that no one else seems to use them either. Why would you when there is a much better, quiet, tree-lined cycle path running its whole length? The whole scheme is totally mad and a very ugly scar on our beautiful city.

Jon Clark

"We are trying to make Edinburgh a more environmentally-friendly and safer place, so this sort of decision just has no logic to it.” If the above was your objective, you failed big time. The council are using these crazy schemes to deliberately create and then blame and then introduce congestion charges. This is absolutely NOT about safety or the environment, it’s hoodwinking otherwise sensible people into supporting this hugely expensive, wasteful scheme.

Usman Ahmed

The cycle lanes are a complete mess and pose even greater danger to the poor cyclist. I have occasionally seen bus drivers struggling to keep the gigantic buses in lane and at times the side mirrors are over and above the cycle lanes. The council must bear in mind Edinburgh roads are already very narrow and there is hardly any room for a cycle lane. Finally some sense prevails for removing the cycle lanes. I hope this follows on other roads too.The council must be held accountable for creating this mess and wasting tax payers money on such ill thought projects.

Stevie Boggie

They are a mess. Residents should be delighted.

Kevin Wright

It's not so much Lanark Road that they should remove them from, but in the city. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

Chris Cameron

There was no issues for cyclists on Lanark Road, but there is now. Being a four-lane road most of the traffic used the outer lanes, plenty of room to pass cyclists safely. I saw a cyclist using the pavement instead going downhill, presumably they felt safer as there is restricted space between barriers and pavement. Parking cars in the middle of the road is crazy and getting in and out more hazardous than it was before, as passing traffic is just inches away, more so for the elderly and disabled. These cycle spaces should only be put in areas where there is high cyclist traffic and safety is an issue, which Lanark Road never was.

Christopher Arkle

"This sort of decision just has no logic to it.” That explains exactly why the council are doing it!

Wendy Bell

What kind of protest is that, cycling up a road? I hope they are using the lanes and not pavements.

Angela Mcdermott

Driving down Lanark Road is like driving in the Wacky Races.

Tully Tulley

Clearly some of the cycling lanes and Spaces for People need looked at as there are some crazy mistakes. Plant crates dumped at junctions so you can't see oncoming traffic; cycle lanes that are so dirty and uneven cyclists use the road instead; cyclists not understanding pavements are for people, not them. If you are going to do it, do it right. Try consulting emergency services on how they are getting about with no room to move.

Richard Benny Bongartz

Some cycle lanes have caused more congestion and pollution,cutting down one of the main arterial roads coming into Edinburgh from four lanes to two was always going to cause problems one way or another.

Stew Gorly

Disgraceful. The city is run down and shabby looking, the roads are full off potholes, Princes Street is a disgrace – soon there will be no open shops left all.

Toni Edwards

Maybe car drivers and pedestrians should do the same in counter protest.