Launch of upgraded walking, wheeling and cycling route from Roslin to Portobello
A major project to transform a key walking, wheeling and cycling route between Midlothian and Edinburgh has been completed.
Significant improvements have been made by the City of Edinburgh Council to QuietRoute 61, which now links Roslin in Midlothian to Portobello in Edinburgh.
Signage has been extended from its original end point at Gilmerton Road to Portobello Promenade, with numerous links into the wider active travel network along the route.
The £1million scheme includes a new ‘hybrid’ crossing and section of bi-directional cycle segregation at Gilmerton Road and the city’s first of three new ‘tiger’ crossings in and around the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and BioQuarter, which combines a zebra crossing with a crossing for people cycling.
Improvements have also been made to crossings at Old Dalkeith Road and Niddrie Mains Road, along with other changes that better prioritise people walking, wheeling and cycling.
Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for active travel, Councillor Douglas Bowen said:
“We welcome the improvements along the QuietRoute 61 introduced by City of Edinburgh Council to support active travel and improved accessibility. This has created an excellent cross boundary route, connecting numerous communities and destinations in Edinburgh and Midlothian.”
Edinburgh’s QuietRoutes are a network of walking, wheeling and cycling routes designed for users of all abilities that primarily avoid busy main roads, with safe and prioritised crossing points provided where they intersect. The QuietRoute network is numbered and signed throughout the city, with online maps available from the City of Edinburgh Council website.