Launch of improved route for pedestrians, cyclists and cyclists completes Scottish Climate Week in Edinburgh – The City of Edinburgh Council

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Community members and stakeholder organizations have come together to celebrate the completion of a major project to transform a key walking, rolling and cycling route in Edinburgh.

Significant improvements have been made to QuietRoute 61, which now connects Roslin in Midlothian to Portobello. Signage has been extended from its original endpoint at Gilmerton Road to Portobello Parkway, with many links to the wider active transport network along the route, including Routes 1 and 76 of the National Bicycle Network at Jewel Park and QuietRoute 10 at the Portobello Parkway.

Among the works carried out under the £1m scheme was the creation of a new ‘hybrid’ crossing and two-way segregation section for bicycles at Gilmerton Road and the first of three new crossings the city’s “tiger” in and around the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and BioQuarter, which combines a zebra crossing with a passage for cyclists. Improvements have also been made to the Old Dalkeith Road and Niddrie Mains Road level crossings, along with other changes that give priority to people walking, cycling and cycling.

On Thursday, September 29, a kick-off event marked the milestone, involving community members, key project contributors and broader stakeholder organizations who all played a role in the development and successful completion of the project. project.

Councilor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Officer, said:

It was fantastic to join community members and key project contributors to celebrate the completion of the QuietRoute 61 project. It has transformed a key cross-border route between Edinburgh and Midlothian, helping people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to walk, ride and cycle easily and safely.


It’s clear we all need to rethink the way we get around the city if we are to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and harmful carbon emissions, as we are reminded during Scotland’s Climate Week . Edinburgh’s QuietRoutes not only help people make more sustainable transport choices, they provide pleasant and enjoyable spaces, connecting key destinations around the capital.

Chiquita Elvin, program manager at Sustrans, said:

Improvements to QuietRoute 61 will make it easier for people to walk, ride and cycle in southeast Edinburgh. Thanks to coordination between Midlothian and Edinburgh City Councils, signage at major junctions has been improved, making travel to and from Roslin and Portobello more intuitive. We are delighted to continue to work with Edinburgh City Council to make active travel an available and attractive choice for all.

Midlothian Council Cabinet Member for Active Travel Councilor Douglas Bowen said:

We welcome the improvements along QuietRoute 61 introduced by Edinburgh City Council to support active travel and improved accessibility. This has created an excellent cross-border route, linking many communities and destinations in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Edinburgh’s QuietRoutes are a network of walking, rolling and cycling routes designed for users of all abilities that primarily avoid busy main roads, with safe and priority crossing points provided where they intersect. The QuietRoute network is numbered and signed throughout the city, with online maps available on the council’s website.

Thursday’s celebrations coincided with Scotland’s Climate Week, which aims to raise awareness in the country about climate change. With transport being one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, tackling how we move around the city is essential to achieving the Council’s goal of net zero by 2030.

By creating safer crossings on busy roads, improving trails and connecting to other active commuting routes, QuietRoute 61 helps make sustainable commuting on foot, bike or bicycle easier and more accessible. The main destinations along the route are: Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the BioQuarter and Portobello High School, as well as many communities in South East Edinburgh, such as: Gilmerton, Moredun, Niddrie, Bingham and Portobello.

Find out more about QuietRoute 61 and other Edinburgh QuietRoutes online.

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