The SNP/Labour run Council has published proposals for a quiet route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows, via Hermitage Drive and Gardens, Braid Avenue, Canaan Lane and Whitehouse Loan.
The proposal involves diagonal closures to motor vehicles at the junctions of Braid Road and Braid Crescent and also Hermitage Gardens and Cluny Drive, as well as closure of Braid Avenue, between Cluny Drive and Cluny Gardens, and Whitehouse Loan at Strathearn Road and Bruntsfield Crescent. The northern section of Canaan Lane would also be closed to motor vehicles, except for local access.
I understand the intention of the proposals is to complete the cycle route from Frogston Road to the Meadows and to cut out rat-running traffic between Cluny Gardens and Comiston Road.
The proposals include options for the closed section of Braid Road to either keep it closed or to open it to southbound traffic only. Full re-opening is not being proposed.
There will be no consultation with residents as the SNP/Labour led Council intends to use its emergency powers as before with minimal consultation only. I have asked the Council whether it is appropriate to use emergency powers to impose this scheme as facilitating a cycle route and reducing rat-running do not seem like a response to an emergency. In my opinion, there should at least be a consultation with residents before any proposals are implemented.
I have also asked the Council whether any studies or assessments have been carried out to measure the implications on traffic levels on nearby roads, such as Cluny Gardens and Strathearn Road and Place and on the extended length of journeys for residents directly affected and whether those studies will be made public.
I suggest any comments could be sent to the Council's Spaces for People team via [email protected]
The proposals can be read here