Cyclists now fifth of Edinburgh commuters

More people are cycling to work. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
More people are cycling to work. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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ONE in five vehicles commuting into the city centre during morning rush hour on one of Edinburgh’s main roads is a bike, new data counts have shown.

The count was carried out by cycling campaign group Spokes on Lothian Road on Tuesday. A record proportion of bikes were counted travelling northbound on the main city thoroughfare.

Almost 21 per cent of the traffic between 8am and 9am was cyclists, with 192 bikes counted heading into the city centre.

The proportion was even higher on Forrest Road where cyclists made up 22 per cent of the traffic heading into the heart of Edinburgh over the same period. The number of bikes was less than half as high for southbound routes.

A statement from Spokes said: “Perhaps this reflects the Haymarket road re-opening, enabling some drivers to avoid diversions, whilst a few cyclists might be seeking an alternative to the Haymarket tramline crossing. Whatever the reasons, it is astonishing that over 20 per cent of city bound rush-hour vehicles on Lothian Road are now bikes.”