- Is this dangerous or just me? Edinburgh Council content.
There is a cycle path running along George Street in Edinburgh city centre (street view link ). The path is segregated from the road and is generally a pretty good way to get across town. I think it’s actually part of National Route 1.
You get the odd person driving along it if they take the wrong exit off one of the roundabouts, but generally not a problem. A few days ago the council went and stuck these half-arsed bollards at the entrance to the path from each roundabout, so there are 6 sets of these things. The one below has already been driven over! They seem a bit dangerous to me, especially when folded down for cyclists. The one in the photo would be very hard to see in the dark if you approach it head on, and could easily catch a pannier. They are just where you approach the junction so your attention is likely to be looking ahead to avoid the buses and mad taxi drivers. What do others think? Does this look acceptable or something worth getting in touch with the council about? It looks like it’s been done with good intentions, just executed on the cheap.Posted 5 years ago
I work on George st and the cycle paths are a source of much entertainment through the window.
There is much discussion of this system here http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=12983&page=16
I do think CEC have their heart in the right place but the execution maybe isn’t ideal.Posted 5 years agoantigeeMember
“bigjim – Member
I work on George st and the cycle paths are a source of much entertainment through the window.”
looking at that pic’ what the council need to install is some sort of mobile crane that suspends one of those great big planters above the cyclepath – hit the release button and problem sorted – coffee break “my turn, my turn!”
and that bollard folded down will be hard to see in the dark classic cycle path stuff – if you use regular you know the obstructions – if not then look out for all sorts of ….Posted 5 years agojamiepSubscriber
The bollards are at the start/end of the cycle path whenever it meets the road, recently hastily put in some time after the path opened to prevent cars accessing it.
The whole of the cycle way on George Street is an ‘experiment’ and so all of the infrastructure may not be the final version.
There are many other things wrong with the cycle way (eg impossible to exit it at the St Andrews Sq end if one obeys all (conflicting) signage). Nevertheless, I think actually having the path (however poorly executed) is a movement in the right direct by ECCPosted 5 years agoKunstlerMember
I also agree with hels. There’s always going to be big compromise and it’s least likely to be made against motorised traffic.Posted 5 years ago
The section where it crosses to run what previously would have been against the flow of traffic is confusing. I’ve had cars turn into my path at the roundabout twice last week. I’ve also worked out that it’s quicker to cross back to the left to get through the light sequence.mcgeordieMember
I cross George St on Hanover St on my commute and often see cars turning onto or exiting out of the cycle paths. I think most of the offending drivers are following Sat Navs but in their defence there is no signage on the approach e.g. there is no ‘no right hand turn’ sign, and no decent signage at the entrance to the cycle lane.
Also worth reporting to Spokes.
The bollards look pretty dangerous for cyclists.Posted 5 years agomuddy9mtbMember
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