Cyclone project gets under way

Work got underway this week on the new Cyclone bike track at Gypsy Brae. The project was organised by MyAdventure, the social enterprise project of Muirhouse Youth Development Group. Yesterday around 40 volunteers turned out to help clear the area of rubbish, and there was lots of that as you can see from the photograph, [...]


Old railway line plans to be debated


A meeting in Shandon tonight will discuss whether to develop and improve an old railway line that could allow direct access to Harrison Park and the Union Canal for the Flower Colonies – but also for a controversial new housing development. The meeting, organised by Merchiston Community Council, will hear whether locals want to see [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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

Cyclone BikeTracks  Granton web

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 [...]


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 [...]


Postcode Challenge 2013 Gallery

Scarlett keeping dry - great way to travel.  Does the umbrella slow things down?

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]