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Cycling in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Cycle Journey Planner

Welcome to the Beta launch of the exciting Cycle Journey Planner for Edinburgh. This is a development of the one that's been running in Cambridge for two years. The developers (Simon Nuttall and Martin Lucas-Smith) have done an amazing job to produce something that not only offers you direct and scenic route options but will also show photos taken along the route - different depending on which direction you plan to travel.

The mapping is based on OpenStreetMap which is a relatively new idea where anyone can contribute. Edinburgh is pretty well mapped but are there still bits missing - local paths, accurate street names etc. The current tram works in central Edinburgh will make CycleStreets route planning slightly difficult. It also highlights the fact that any computer generated route planning system will produce anomalies or 'mistakes'.

YOU can improve this by adding to OpenStreetMap or giving direct feedback to the CycleStreets website's developers.

Edinburgh CycleStreets has been made possible because local non-profit cycling promotion business ChangingPace saw the potential of the work done in Cambridge and persuaded the Scottish Government's Sustainable Transport section to give a small grant (with the help of Cycling Scotland) to develop an Edinburgh version of Cambridge Cycling Campaign's cycle journey planner.

The work done so far, and the development of OpenStreetMap, means that eventually it will be possible to plan journeys almost anywhere. At present there is a current maximum journey limit of about 50km, which will be lifted in due course as webserver resources permit.

One feature we hope that you will find useful - every time a route is planned it is given a unique URL (the link at the top of your browser, starting http:// ...). This can be used by you in future or sent to a friend who (for instance) is thinking of cycling to work but doesn't know the best route. It is also possible to view planned routes on mobile phones that have internet access.

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Latest photos of the area

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A bit of a stroll down Princes Street to see the - wait, what do we call these things? - to enable cycles to cross tram tracks.

After a torrent of protests the ban on cycling into Edinburgh Waverley station has been lifted - but there's a barrier to force dismounting at the bottom.

Temporary cycle routes during Edinburgh's Christmas market

Temporary cycle routes during Edinburgh's Christmas market

Sign for temporary shared-use route during Edinburgh's Christmas market

Cycle link to housing development on former Scottish Water site

Sign for cycle routes parallel to the Edinburgh bypass

Sign for cycle routes parallel to the Edinburgh bypass

Uphill cycle lane only.

Now that Princes Street is only used by buses, trams and bikes the ASL seems less necessary.

I wonder if they could have found a way to send NCN route 1 this way instead of on the road.

Short shared-use section allowing cyclists to bypass traffic lights.

There are no cars now on Princes Street, so the sign is a bit confusing.

Instructions for bike carriage in Edinburgh trams

Bikes welcome on Edinburgh trans

There are quite a lot of these signs along the Edinburgh tramway

Footpath link towards Haymarket station

Cyclist heading towards Haymarket station on this footpath link.

Traffic-free route to Haymarket station

Traffic-free link from Haymarket station

Buses, taxis and bikes only on Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

NCN1 by the railway and tramway west from Haymarket station

There are lots of these and similar signs along Edinburgh's tramway.

Cycle lane and cyclist preferring to keep right of the tramlines.

Cycle route (NCN1) crossing tram tracks at Haymarket station, Edinburgh

I'm not sure why there is this brief diversion to the left.

Cycle-friendly sign at roadworks

Very narrow cycle lane - obviously trams will just have to hang back and follow cyclists, but it's still terrifying just to see this.

Cycle parking and temporary signs at roadworks at Haymarket station

Decent covered cycle parking at Haymarket station

Bike & Go bikes at Haymarket station

Now brightly painted, the Sustrans milepost at the new Haymarket station, Edinburgh

How is anyone to safely use Leith Walk cycle lane when this is a daily sight @edinhelp @Edinburgh_CC @leithsworstpark

1/2 Yet another #designfail for #Edinburgh #cyclinginfrastructure. If this is what extra funding gets us we're screwed.

So my first trip up the protected cycleway on Leith Walk was predictably enjoyable

Milepost Middle Meadow Walk

Lins Mill Aqueduct

New drain 2017

unioncanal ncn754

New sticking plasters at Edinburgh tramlines

I despair - pavement, double yellow lines and right by a major cycle route - in Leith this morning

On-road cycle lanes vs segregation.

I wonder if @forthroadbridge have plans to trim the bushes, as pedestrians can't keep to their side of the line.

More cycle parking at Waverley station.

Plenty of demand for and supply of cycle parking at Waverley station.

The rules on the Castle Street pedestrian area have been well & truly bent! Street clearly not safe @edinhelp @LivingStreetsEd

. @south_team why the barriers? Needed lot of heavy lifting among the rubbish, cut finger. Path behind Morrison Gilmerton Rd. Reply from South Team: Barriers erected at request of public to deter motor bikes etc. ... [more]

Alternative path to EICA from Wilkies Basin

Alternative path to EICA

Famous sights in Edinburgh including the Scott monument with Princes Street in the background. Waverly station's tastefully repurposed booking office is to the right. ... [more]

Union canal feeder

New surface 2017

New surface 2017

New surface 2017

New surface 2017

New surface 2017

New surface 2017

New surface Feb 2017

Lunchtime cycle Location: East Pilton, Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom) West Granton Road Underpass

@Edinburgh_CC @CyclingEdin @ScottishPower Path and Cycle path completely blocked. Would you leave a road like that?

Colinton Dell Tunnel (13/365) [explored] Location: Colinton, City of Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom) Back down to earth with a bump after yesterday's 'Made Explore for the first time in years and got 40+ favourites' excitement. ... [more]

Outside McDonald's

New cycle path bridge over busy road

New shared use cycle path

New Cycle path with excellent destination signage.

Replacement 'magic paint' cycleway on George Street as much use as a chocolate teapot

Almondell aqueduct, Union canal

A contractors' access turning circle surrounded in barriers, while passengers, including those with bikes, restricted to narrow walkways on the entrance ramps (see also #67002). The priorities sign is wrong too.

Leaving the King's Buildings Campus, a toucan light allows you to set off in all directions during the pedestrian phase. Unfortunately, in the other direction you can use the toucan only from the "quality bike corridor" on Mayfield Road (fo ... [more]

Chicanes at the bottom of the path leading into Craigmillar Castle Park. They are quite narrow and difficult to negotiate as they are at the bottom of a fairly steep section of the path.

Chicanes, another set a bit further down in background of the image. A little bit too narrow, you can wiggle through on a normal bike but tandems and trailers are blocked.

Chicanes at beginning of path between Forkenford and Kings Haugh, in good state but a bit narrow, not recommended for trailers or tandems although the path is wide enough for maneuvring.

Boillard plus chicanes (in bad state) with fairly narrow gap, overgrown and usually full of rubbish.

Narrow entrance gate into Craigmillar Castle Park

Road surface Hill Street

Location of a chicane that has been removed, on the Innocent Railway Path.

Red paint - doing nothing to secure my safety on Leith Walk #space4cycling (please)

@Edinburgh_CC Do you ever feel you've just wasted money on paint. Leith Walk, pointless paint.

A reminder that details are important - puddle exactly on the new #meadows #innocent bike extension See also #67244.

A reminder that details are important - puddle exactly on the new #meadows #innocent bike extension See also #67245.

Why not? #welcometoEdinburgh

Heavily damaged road surface forcing cyclist to centre of carriage way on high speed carriageway with extensive usage by HGV's.

Poorly managed high speed junction, accident black spot to popular cyclist route away from main roads.

Warning ! Large crack in road forcing cyclists out to centre or carriageway. There is a second one 5 metres on.

Warning ! Horrific road surface to navigate on blind bend corner is often cut by oncoming traffic.

Warning !! Awful road surface to navigate narrow road while keeping check of traffic in both direction.

New Buccleuch St segregated cycle lane being used as carpark already. 4cars+advertising van today at lunchtime :(

No right turn into Cultins Road, but the footway has shared-use signs on it at various points, such as at #65561.

Cycleway junction near Edinburgh Park station.

Cycleway tramway crossing on route 8.

Route 8 crosses the tramway, while the speed limit sign has gained an "except buses, taxis & cycles" plate!

A route sign for the college tells people on bikes to dismount and use the pedestrian crossing.

A sign for route 8 tells people on bikes to dismount and use the pedestrian crossing. There is plenty of room to provide a proper cycleway.

So having followed red background signs on the "RR" cycle route I now encounter one with a green background, which are meant to be for the opposite direction.

A route sign completely hidden from view by a larger sign!

The Innocent Railway Path approaching the Innocent Tunnel, with the path into Holyrood Park off to the left.

Limited sightlines at the junction with the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

The John Muir Way turns left here, to join the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

The John Muir Way turns right here down the connection to the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

A desire line to join the path from the road in Holyrood Park.

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