Updated: 13 June 2000
Edinburgh cyclist Andrew Battye <firstname.lastname@example.org> saw my web page, and wanted to do the same for Edinburgh. I'm very pleased to publish this for him.
All comments about content should be directed to Andrew; I'm just publishing this on his behalf. The pictures were taken in mid-March 2000; please let him know if anything has been changed since then.
--- Stewart C. Russell
The deficiencies are obvious: poor pedestrian compliance (this is not a staged photo) and poor visibility lead to a dangerous situation, a high wall and a fence ensure there's no escape route.
What is the point of this path? You get round the corner, then
Are dumped onto the pavement (behind the phone box) with no legal way of getting back onto the road.
Coming from the left-hand side of the picture, you can dive onto this pavement lane...
Go round the corner...
Down the street
And back onto the road... you've saved yourself the trouble of making a left-turn, and replaced it with making two left turns (one to get onto the path, one to get off). In the other direction, you can replace a right turn with two right turns by using this path. Great!
At a roundabout, one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a cyclist is to position yourself where drivers are not looking, for example at the edge of the circulating carriageway when a driver's attention is directed more towards the centre of the carriageway. This lane encourages cyclists to put themselves in the prime position not to be seen.
Same location, here it appears that the cycle lane joining the roundabout has priority over the lane on the roundabout, contradicting the normal rule of the road. Additionally, if you were in the lane but did not want to leave the roundabout at the exit shown, you would have to yield to vehicles from behind.
At least the surface of the lane is free of debris. Not!
Another roundabout lane, this time at Broughton Street.
Broughton St again. Notice how the Edinburgh council lorry is waiting in the cycle lane.
Another roundabout lane - according to the road markings, cyclists in the lane have to yield, once more, to vehicles from behind if they are not leaving at this road.
A car waiting to join the roundabout highlights the dangers - and a strategically placed cone adds to the perils of using this lane.
This potentially useful by-pass has been negated by legal (silver Passat) and illegal (blue Civic) parking.
Fancy your chances of getting through?
Around Edinburgh you'll see signs like this, directing light vehicles to the West Approach Road, a route to the city centre built on an old railway alignment.
But when you reach the road, you'll find cycles are not allowed. So, the council either thinks that cycles are not "light" or that they are not "vehicles". Which is it?
This path has recently been improved and new pictures may be published here soon.
An advanced stop-line is not much use if you can not reach it. This bus has its right-hand side up against the centre line of the road, but still manages to encroach into the bike lane.
This lane conveniently gets narrower just when you would want motor vehicles not to overtake you, due to the pedestrian refuge in the centre of the street.
Same place, only the risk is greater.
This is more like it, a lane wide enough to stay away from the dangers of car doors being flung open in front of you.
Not like here!
Does anyone think that cycle-lanes with parking bays on top are a good idea?
The Kafka-esque cycle lane on Eyre Place. You can cycle up this contra-flow cycle-lane, but on reaching the junction, you'll find that there is no way out. It's illegal to ride on the pavement, and it is illegal to divert onto the road, as you'll be riding the wrong way up a one-way street. The traffic lights at this junction do not include a phase to allow you to exit from the lane. You're stuck! You have been warned.
Text and pictures by
Markup (and ALT tags) by Stewart C. Russell.