Edinburgh Council accused of ignoring Leith Walk consultation

The award-winning environmental community campaign group Greener Leith have published a story today accusing Edinburgh City Council of “entirely ignoring” the detailed consultation on the future of Leith Walk, in which local people, businesses and community groups had expressed their support for safe cycle lanes and better pedestrian facilities. In a broad-side against the Labour-SNP administration, the article says [...]

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Comment – Make Edinburgh safe for cyclists

The news over the weekend that a driver responsible for the deaths of two cyclists in Edinburgh had received only 300 hours of community service and a five year driving ban has been met with widespread anger and disbelief. 49 year old Gary McCourt, who killed a 22 year old student in 1986 through careless [...]

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Cyclone Bike Track – Phase 2 – at Gypsy Brae this week

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Cyclone bike track is an exciting new mountain biking trail situated in the heart of the North Edinburgh community (Granton, Pilton, Muirhouse). The circuit was given the green light in 2012 following a Dragons’ Den-style pitch by community activist and MY Adventure employee, Peter Airlie to a panel of investors which included representatives from coffee [...]

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Chinese lanterns light up Harrison Park (East)

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Last Saturday evening we were treated to an unexpected treat in Harrison Park, with the installation of Chinese Lanterns by Napier University art student Jing Shi. Jing told me that the idea behind the project, called Link, was to encourage greater appreciation of Chinese culture and inter-cultural dialogue. Passers by we’re even invited to construct [...]

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Postcode Challenge 2013 Gallery

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Thanks again to everyone who came along to last weekend’s Postcode Challenge and made it such as success – stallholders, participants, the People’s Postcode Trust and of course my lovely colleagues who organised it – Ruth, Espe and Lyndsay from ELGT, plus Ruth, Ruairidh and Mark. Around 300 people finished the course, despite some pretty [...]

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Sustrans volunteers get stuck in to improve paths

Scraping back the edges and solving the flooding

Sustrans North Edinburgh volunteers got stuck in to making some path improvements on Wednesday evening at the Craigleith Junction. Long frustrated by mud and puddles taking up half the width of the path, and soil and grass encroaching on the edges, a team of six assembled with spades, shovels and brooms to try and tackle [...]

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Drainage works underway on Trinity path

Trinity path flood works

For many years, a stream of water has been running across the Trinity path near Warriston Gardens, and in very wet conditions is often joined by a second stream a few metres away. Usually, this is nothing more serious than an unpleasant, wet and muddy mess, but in the winter the two streams freeze into [...]

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Poor cycling plans for Princes Street criticised

Council plans for Princes Street are being criticised by bike campaigners and green politicians after it emerged that cyclists would only be able to cycle one way. The plans, which are intended to improve the street-scape, would create a large pedestrianised area on the south-side of Princes Street. But whilst the plans include a cycle [...]

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For all those who helped plant bulbs on the paths….

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Over the past two years, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust have been running bulb-planting sessions on several sections of the north Edinburgh cycle paths, supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery and local volunteers. The most recent section to get the floral makeover was at Fiveways Junction back in November. Those that were planted in 2011 are now in their second [...]

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