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Route from Haymarket to Kings Stables Rd?

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  • Started 2 months ago by vioforla
  • Latest reply from ejstubbs
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  1. Rosie
    Member

    @unhurt - "canal all the way" - presumably by kayak?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. unhurt
    Member

    Bike mounted to pedalo driven by rollers, then lift bike off pedalo at Lochrin Basin?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Rosie
    Member

    Amphibious commuting.

    Ride share - really fast kayaking with extra passenger behind on water skis.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. paulmilne
    Member

    I could almost see that as multi-modal commuting, given a secure bike lockup at Lochrin basin. Would free up some space for walker and other bicyclists on the towpath to scull, row, kayak, pedalo from further up.

    Or better yet, a way for Lothian buses to expand - Waterbus division, park and ride at Ratho, points further west? They do it on the Thames, why not the Union Canal?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. crowriver
    Member

    "I agree it's not a long walk, but I'm impatient. "

    How much more impatient are the "frustrated" drivers just itching to knock cyclists out of their way like skittles on those city centre roads?

    There are ways to make walking more fun: varying the route, "speed walking", sticking the cans on and listening to some tunes, etc. Apart from anything else, it's better exercise to walk a mile than to cycle it...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. LaidBack
    Member

    Make walking more fun?

    Scootering maybe. Big wheeled of course to avoid getting caught in cobbles.
    My SA lodger saw one of these scooters with big front wheel on towpath last week.
    Waterborne commute is restricted to 6 knots?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. crowriver
    Member

    "Scootering maybe."

    Fun downhill, not so much uphill. End up with one chunky and one withered leg? :-)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. sallyhinch
    Member

    Cycling from Waverley to Kings Stables Road down Princess St wouldn't be too bad though would it - it's three left turns (once you've come out of Waverley) so no need to tangle with the tram tracks, although I don't know what it would be like in rush hour - a wall of buses?

    On the way home, you could cycle to Haymarket as long as you were taking the bike with you on the train

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Frenchy
    Member

    @sally - no, not too bad, but almost certainly slower than getting off at Haymarket and walking.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    End up with one chunky and one withered leg?

    This is the content for which I come to CCE.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. ejstubbs
    Member

    Have had to walk Lothian Road to Haymarket Terrace a couple of times this week and I've decided that it's a lot easier if you use the pavement along the northern side of Morrison Street (ie the EICC/Jolly Botanist side of the road). That way there's only two side roads to cross, and both have traffic-light controlled crossings. So you avoid the rather disconcerting Gardner's Crescent junction, and the other unsignalled junctions between there and Morrison Link. You also seem to get fewer pedestrian commuters on that side, which makes life easier.

    You do have three sets of lights to negotiate at the bottom of Morrison Street but they're usually* fairly well synced for pedestrians (unlike the Torphichen Street/Atholl Place ones, which always make you wait in the middle of the junction). If you arrive just at the end of the pedestrian phase for the first crossing then the wait for the next green man can be a bit lengthy, but once you get the green for that one the rest seem to follow in sequence. Which is nice.

    * Edinburgh does seem to have a problem with the phasing of its traffic lights going out of sync - reference the scary behaviour of the lights at the King's Theatre junction reported on CCE a number of times.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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