Edinburgh’s Innertube map
Edinburgh has some 75km of off-street paths for cycling and walking, and many of them were once railway lines. If they still were, we’d no doubt a London Underground style map of them, so instead, we’ve made the Innertube map showing the main routes.
The north Edinburgh paths are the old railway network which ran from Granton and Leith to Haymarket and the city centre, where they linked with the main railway network. The Leith-Portobello path, running to Portobello from Easter Road and Leith Links, follows in part the old Restalrig rail line before joining Portobello Promenade.
The Meadows paths link Bruntsfield with the city centre across Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows, and Tollcross to Newington. The canal path takes the towpath from Tollcross to Ratho, while the Roseburn-Balerno path runs along the Water of Leith.
The Innertube map was created by Mark Sydenham of The Bike Station, and designed by Martin Baillie of the Hillside Agency. The idea was to create a simple but striking visualisation of Edinburgh’s many off-street pathways, which are used by thousands of cyclists and pedestrians every day. Based on the iconic London Tube Map, the design gives a quick visual hit of the surprising extent of the routes.
So far, nearly 70,000 copies of the maps have been distributed throughout Edinburgh. Read more about the background to the map on the Bike Station website
Inflating the Innertube
At the start of 2011 The Bike Station and Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust won funding from The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund for a project called “Inflating the Innertube.” The idea was to both spread the work about the Innertube network, to get more people using it, and to improve the routes.