Following on from discussions on how to create a link....
There is no real way to avoid riding on the road between the Innocent Railway and the Meadows in Edinburgh, but that hasn't stopped the Sustrans routing from trying to find a 'quiet' route. The problem is it's a route that just seems to cause more problems than it solves. Here I compare the Sustrans route (heading from East to West) with the route I would normally ride.
Here is where the Sustrans route (NCN1) turns off for its meander - awful photo, but you can see the shared use sign on the right on the lamppost.
The Shared use path skirts round a car park, courtesy of a nicely blind corner.
The ubiquitous 'End' sign a few yards on - you'll see the Sustrans signs pointing left which....
... takes you up the side of St Leonard's police station on one of the worst cobbled streets in the city.
At the end there is a right turn to make, then a left. And occasionally you spot a cyclist you know. Hi Min!
The lights here CAN help to get out.
This is the best bit of the Sustrans route. The road you turned left on ends in this junction to take you across a main road. Yes, you ARE supposed to ride through that barrier. There's a pedestrian crossing 20 yards left, but no cycle phase, and no shared paths on either side. 'Cyclists Dismount'.
You then have to turn left, at a gloriously blind exit. Okay, so you could turn left and hug the left side, but...
... you're turning right at that red booth over there to access the Meadows, so you need to cross traffic which is travelling at (allegedly) 30mph which has just come round a blind corner... So what of the 'road' route. Will there be 8 steps?