Edinburgh off-road paths Code of Conduct

Edinburgh Council has published a guide to conduct when using off-road paths.

Click either graphic to see the full PDF:

Here’s the text from the PDF:

Edinburgh is great for walking and cycling with its fantastic network of off-road paths across the city.

These paths are for everyone. Whether you’re out for a stroll, heading to work, off for a run, walking the dog, taking a leisurely bike ride or out for a family adventure with the kids.

So everyone can share the paths in safety and comfort, please follow this simple code of conduct.

You can get this document on tape, in Braille, large print and various computer formats if you ask us. Please contact Interpretation and Translation Service (ITS) on 0131 242 8181 and quote reference number 17-2231. ITS can also give information on community language translations. You can get more copies of this document by calling 0131 529 3030.

Designed by the City of Edinburgh Council 17-2491/CE/SG/October 2017

edinburgh.gov.uk/pathsforeveryone

Everyone

Please consider all other path users.

Stay alert, especially if using headphones or your phone.

Don’t assume everyone can see or hear you.

Keep left if possible and pass on the right.

Please don’t leave your rubbish behind.

Cyclists

Use your bell – well in advance.

Please give others space.

Don’t pass at speed.

At night – avoid dazzling: dip, dim, don’t strobe.

Walkers and runners

Listen for cyclists’ bells.

Allow cyclists to pass.

At night, be safe be seen.

Dog walkers

Keep dogs on a short lead or close to heel.

Please clean up after your dog.

At night, use a reflective collar or coat on your dog.

 

 

 

 

Active travel update

On Friday, the Council launched a campaign encouraging everyone to be considerate of other people and follow Scottish Government guidance when enjoying their outdoor exercise and travel.

The press release which was published on Friday can be found here.

Increase in people using off-road paths and parks

Since restrictions were introduced to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been an increase in people using the city’s network of paths, as well as parks, as part of their daily exercise and for travelling to work or local amenities – with up to five times their normal use.

Data up to week five of lockdown shows increases on the Union Canal towpath, with 17% growth in pedestrian numbers at Harrison Park, whilst cycling numbers have grown by 76% at Wester Hailes. On the North Edinburgh Path Network at Rodney St, pedestrian numbers have grown by 14%, cycling numbers by 32%.  At certain times of the week, especially weekends, much bigger increases have been recorded.

While it’s great that the routes are popular and well-used, we want to make sure that everyone can undertake and enjoy their daily exercise and travel in safety and comfort.

Paths for everyone code of conduct

The campaign will direct people to the Paths for Everyone section of the Council’s webpages, where we hope to be able to display information such as busy routes/times, coming from our pedestrian/cycle counter data.  This aims to encourage people to use alternative routes if they can, or exercise at a less busy time.  Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding for this project is gratefully received from Paths for All.

About the campaign

example of temporary signageTemporary signage (example on the right: click the thumbnail to see the full-size image) will be rolled out this week, starting on the active travel network entry points, and signage in the parks will follow.  We will be running a complementary social media campaign also, and we would really appreciate your support with sharing this content amongst your followers and networks.

Report issues

There might be local issues that you are aware of where additional signs may help. Please email your suggestions to spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Wishing you all the best and thank you in advance for your support with our campaign.

Kind regards,

Judith Cowie
‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ Programme Manager
Active Travel
Road Safety and Active Travel
Transport Networks, Place Development
The City of Edinburgh Council
Judith.cowie@edinburgh.gov.uk

Webinar on Reallocating Road Space for Walking and Cycling During Covid-19

(copied from an email from the Improvement Service)

Planning for Place programme have asked us to make you aware of an upcoming webinar (30 April, 4-5pm) on Reallocating Road Space for Walking and Cycling During Covid-19.  Facilitated by Irene Beautyman, Place Lead at the Improvement Service, the webinar will be of particular value to council officers, elected members, community groups and all interested in pursuing the role of place as an enabler of healthier lives.

The online event is open to all those with an interest in facilitating active travel during the Covid-19 lockdown and in enabling safer conditions for walking and cycling.

Here is the link to sign up to the webinar: https://www.improvementservice.org.uk/events/reallocating-road-space-for-walking-and-cycling-during-covid-19

Call for groups to apply for grants to improve access to the outdoors

(copied from an email from CEC)

Thousands of pounds worth of grants are available to community groups looking to spruce up local community paths.

Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All has launched the 2020 Community Paths Grants programme which is offering funding of up to £1500 to constituted groups and organisations looking to create, promote and maintain parts of the path network.

Now, community organisations and registered charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday, 13 April with applications closing on May 11, 2020.

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Cameron Toll to BioQuarter – Active Travel Route Consultation

for information of all bus-users in Edinburgh

LHNCC’s secretary attending this meeting, so presumably will report on it at the next LHNCC meeting (7pm, Tuesday 22 October, Leith Community Education Centre).

She emails

Very interesting with identified issues relating to buses, e.g. removal of bus stops/loss of services; two-way cycle paths on one side of carriageway only; little reference to needs/problems for pedestrians – mobility scooters/physical disabilities/crossing cycle path when alighting from buses. All very similar to issues that arose with Trams to Newhaven, particularly relating to drawings that do not identify all street names or current/proposed bus stops.

The route does look interesting though.

Full details and survey available: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ebq

Final phase of 20mph network goes live

(adapted from a recent email from Edinburgh Council. While this final phase does not include Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC’s area, the following is provided to inform LHNCC residents, visitors and workers who may drive to, from and in South Edinburgh)

The fourth and final phase of Edinburgh’s 20mph rollout came into effect in South Edinburgh on Monday 5 March 2018.

The  20mph rollout  extends the 20mph speed limit to the city centre, main shopping streets and residential areas while retaining a network of roads at 30mph and 40mph on key arterial routes.

While many cities elsewhere in the UK, Europe and beyond have already established 20mph (or 30km) limits,  Edinburgh is the first Scottish city  to roll out the limit in this way, with many other areas also introducing or considering this lower speed.

In addition to improving road safety, the 20mph scheme aims to make streets calmer, quieter and more pleasant places to spend time in, boosting a sense of community and helping the environment by encouraging active travel such as walking and cycling.

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