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(Before) cycling to work - if only I'd known...

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  • Started 6 years ago by chdot
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  1. chdot
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    'Obviously' no-one would think of doing it, but was also intended as a reminder of bike theft without adding to the list of reasons not to cycle - wind, rain, hills, traffic etc!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. paulmilne
    Member

    Hi, would you mind posting or pointing to the thread with the link to the new website about cycling to work? We just moved offices and there is much discussion just now about cycling to work.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. chdot
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  4. Pintail
    Member

    Yes chdot, I'm afraid it is prominent and no it doesn't come across as humorous.

    That aside, my number one motivation for cycling to work is that it's just hugely enjoyable. It's fun, it enables me to wind down at the end of the working day, it allows me to keep fit without the inconvenience, tedium and expense of a gym, it often gives me great views and often good wildlife spots too. And at the end of the ride you find yourself transported to your destination almost as a by product of all of the above !

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. glo_73
    Member

    Hi all, could anyone please advise of a good off road route from currie to Edinburgh park (gyle). My work college is thinking of cycling to work but he is worried about cycling on roads. Any advise would be much spreciated. Thank you.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. Quiet streets through Baberton to the canal, canal to Bankhead, Shared path to Edinburgh Park?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    In terms of quietness, I would suggest Donkey Lane from Muirwood Rd in Currie (forum locals may be able to relate what state the path is currently in), then to Heriot-Watt Uni , the 1st part of Gogar Station Rd (which has a shared use pavement) then a 'back' way into Edinburgh Park. Route involves a railway level crossing and a darkish tunnel under the bypass so may not be to everyone's taste.

    https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/64610697/#quietest

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. neddie
    Member

    Welcome glo_73. Nothing this forum likes more than route advice...

    I used to do this commute every day for several years.

    In the morning, I would usually just belt it down Riccarton Mains Rd, taking the lane to prevent overtaking on the bends (where drivers frequently drive into the stone wall, hence the red reflective panels).

    Then down Gogar Station Rd and the "secret" bypass underpass:

    https://cycle.travel/map/journey/91904 **

    On the return, I would avoid Riccarton Mains Rd like the plague, as you're crawling uphill with fast moving cars trying to squeeze past. So I would either go through the University, then Curriehill Rd, or go through Westburn, Baberton Rd, Donkey Lane as the others have suggested:

    https://cycle.travel/map/journey/91905

    or

    https://cycle.travel/map/journey/91906

    **Note that in the first route, I have shown it taking the old alignment of Riccarton Mains Rd (the red section marked as path). You probably want to just stay on the new alignment, since sadly Heriot Watt have never opened the old road up properly as a path, even though it's perfectly usable, just limited access at one end.

    I highlight this because it's such a shame. HW Uni could have created a safe route here, simply by adding an access at the railway, then widening the pavement and making it shared-use up to the roundabout in Currie. Sigh.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. Ed1
    Member

    I used Donkey Lane path a couple of months ago it is a little rubbish small rocks and mud but perfectly do able on my 700 , 30 or , 700, 35 tyres. The poor surface for a short distance would not put me off. If someone lived at the juniper end of Currie that may be best. If lived in the middle of Currie or the end nearer Balerno would take a different route to get to Heriot watt then the same route the Gogar station, secret under pass. If live near Balerno would take Newmills road, Gowanhill Farm road, Warriston Farm road , boundary road North, research Avenue North

    If lived in the middle of Currie would take Curriehill road Heriot watt. Not that quiet the first part is not too bad its after Heriot watt heading to A71 that Curriehill road is dangerous as dips narrow plus its 60mph. Its 60Mph road that should probably be a 40mph

    *I forgot about Riccarton Mains Rd its such a bad road don't even think about it as an option it should be 30mph. I did not know about the old alignment of Riccarton Mains Rd

    Posted 3 years ago #

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