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"Princes Street reopens as York Place closes for a year"

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  1. Dave
    Member

    Let's start submitting FillThatHole and other defect reports already?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

    "Let me be the first to say... Model cycling city!"

    I think you mean World Class Cycling City...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. kaputnik
    Member

    @Dave, great idea. I've submitted my photo of the big crack and crumbled edges between the setts already

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. Uberuce
    Member

    Which world do they mean, chdot? LV-426?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

    "Which world do they mean"

    Good question!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. Johnny J
    Member

    So if you're in the "cycle lane" and want to turn left off Princes Street, you need to slow down (risking getting shunted by a tram), cross the rails (at a suitable angle), then cross two lanes of traffic?

    Nice.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. wingpig
    Member

    Is the other lane going to be available? I assume we're free to take our chances with taxis on normal tarmac and that the lane is "cyclist may use" rather than "cyclists must use", but it's still incredibly daft that an organisation which went so far as to arrange training for safe track-crossing has recommended, through the media of green gunk and white paint, that cyclists travel in a space so narrow it would be impossible to cross the rails to escape at a recommended near-perpindicular angle.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. Claggy Cog
    Member

    I don't think you will be able to turn left off Princes St until perhaps S St Andrew St. I know where I will be cycling if on Princes St, in amongst the cars...no intention of ever using that piece of designated cycle path, no way!

    I won't be leading any cycle rides to north Embra anytime soon coming back via Rodney St, Inverleith. I will also be avoiding any need to go into the town centre, as St Andrew's Sq is unpassable, Dublin St, Broughton St are either shut or a nightmare as is Picardy Pl. George St is a disgrace and downright dangerous as a cyclist. What a total fiasco the whole thing is, and I quite agree Min the place is a hole/tip just rubbish...

    This only cost 60m and is finished and up and running and will be able to take 2,500 passengers in an hour!!

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/stunning-views-as-the-thames-emirates-airline-cable-car-launches.html

    Edinburgh trams debacle, we are a laughing stock, really...pathetic.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. kaputnik
    Member

    The stupid green "cycle lane" is meant to allow you to enter / leave Princes Street via (the currently closed) Shandwick Place. I'm not sure if there will be other lanes to allow you in or out, but if you use it, getting out will be very difficult at the angle of 60-90 degrees recommended by TIE / Edinburgh Trams itself

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. Arellcat
    Member

    There'll be no advantage to using the cycle lane unless you want to get from one end of Princes St to the other, and fancy a bit of inter-tram interval training. The best tool for the job is probably Rabid Hamster's trike with the Big Apple tyres.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. chdot
    Admin

    "
    Councillors are thought to be privately furious at being left to defend proposals which have been on the drawing board for months, but were not widely known by shop owners and community councils.

    Among the concessions being considered are allowing motorists to use Princes Street, which is due to reopen to buses from tomorrow, keeping a lane of traffic open on York Place while tramworks are ongoing, and scrapping plans to close the bus station at St Andrew Square for more than a year.

    "

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/trams-facing-revolt-over-street-shutdown-1-2383159

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Edinburgh Council (@Edinburgh_CC)

    29/06/2012 10:27

    Edinburgh nominated for best UK town centre award. http://bit.ly/NVx72H

    "

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. steveo
    Member

    Bwahaaaahaaaa!!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. kaputnik
    Member

    I've had a call from David O' Leary at the Evening News, Kim put him on to me.

    Plan for some photos of cross-looking cyclists pointing at p***-poor cycling facilities on Princes Street.

    Meeting c. 530 on the plaza between the National Galleries, please bring yourself and your bike along if possible.

    EEN isn't always the cyclists' friend, but if they do one thing well, it's front page banner headlines about tram scandals!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. chdot
    Admin

    Isn't that when/where Critical Mass meets on the last Friday of the month??

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. wingpig
    Member

    "Isn't that when/where Critical Mass meets on the last Friday of the month??"

    It's a traaap.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. steveo
    Member

    hehe

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. kaputnik
    Member

    The critical massists are more than welcome to join the photoshoot! Both of them.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Peter Matthews (@urbaneprofessor)
    29/06/2012 11:29
    Ha! The @Edinburgh_CC "Best Town Centre" tweet has already been pulled. Rope to hang yourself with anyone?

    "

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. wingpig
    Member

    Hmmm. A bit odd to assemble on the Mound when the offending green splodgings are to the west of South Charlotte Street. I might hang around the relevant area but I'm not doing anything which might get me mistaken for a Critical Masser.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. kaputnik
    Member

    There is an offending ASL box right outside the galleries.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. chdot
    Admin

    This going to be a #PoP28 + #Bike 20 + CCE reunion?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. chdot
    Admin

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    Lothian Buses (@on_lothianbuses)

    29/06/2012 14:37

    Princes Street will reopen to buses, tomorrow, Saturday 30 June. Check your bus details: http://yourb.us/NHqgK6

    "

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. chdot
    Admin

    "
    Spokes CycleCampaign (@SpokesLothian)
    29/06/2012 21:34
    #princesstreet local.stv.tv/edinburgh/1085… re #bike & #tram leaflet. The 2007 report by EuropeanExpert was rejected 

    http://www.spokes.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/0711-23_CyclingandtheEdinburghTram-HansReport_proofread1.pdf

     #EdTravCyc

    "

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. crowriver
    Member

    So not only Gehl architects but also this Dutch report, bith advocating segregated infrastructure for cycling and a reduction of space for motor vehicles.

    Somehow such proposals seem to be anathema to the city council. Why? What logic do they use to ignore or reject them? What arguments are there?

    Or is it simply fear of the wrath of the local paper and drivers that causes them to constantly fudge the issue?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. Uberuce
    Member

    Arellcat: My MTB has 2" tyres and while they don't drop down into the grooves the way most 700c tyres will, you get enough grab that I'm fairly sure you'd have an off unless you were, like me, deliberately going over them with the full expectation of mischief.

    I think RabidHamster might need to upgrade to Fat Franks, although to be on the safe side, I think we'd all be best getting a Pugsley.

    Pretty sure the planning folk wouldn't pass anything that required a 4x4 to traverse, even if that would make the Chelsea Tractor crowd feel even more smug than they already do.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. Arellcat
    Member

    I can't help picturing the high heid yins at CEC Princes Street HQ, and on their coffee table the Gehl report and Spokes' advice and all these survey stats, everything saying 'Pedestrianise! Trees! Bicycles!", while they shift uncomfortably from one foot to the other, wringing their hands and saying "I know we should, but we just can't! Our buses are too precious to us, and we need George Street for parking revenue!"

    Meanwhile the Dutch carry on making life enjoyable, and cyclists in Edinburgh sigh and go back to studying their maps to work out the best way to circumvent the perpetual roadworks.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. SRD
    Member

    and in the EEN: http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/transport/princes-st-cycle-lane-slammed-as-a-crazy-death-trap-1-2385647

    council spokesman "“The safety of all road users, including cyclists, has been a major consideration throughout the development and construction of the tram project"

    I hate the way radio, newspaper etc let people say things that are obviously untrue or half-truths at best and never challenge them on it! unbelievable.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. crowriver
    Member

    In fairness, the article tries to be balanced, giving right of reply to the council. The reporting of anything that inconveniences motorists (bus lane cameras, seaside car park charges, roadworks) is rarely balanced in this way, however.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. kaputnik
    Member

    @SRD they would have to give the council right to reply, and being a public body they have a very carefully crafted, non-commital, wash-their-hands-of-it, approved-by-the-legal-department press release response.

    I like their response, as it's blatantly false they've given one sh** about cyclists and cycling all through the tram project.

    I'm going to cycle the route end-end tomorrow and catalogue all current infringements on cycling and cycling infrastructure caused by the trams. And compile my own "ARE YOU BL**DY JOKING" response to the council / trams department.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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