Secure, on-street cycle parking scheme to be expanded

A SECURE on-street cycle parking scheme in Edinburgh is to be expanded – subject to sufficient funding being sourced.

Says the local authority, the hope is to provide an additional 1,200 parking spaces on top of a roll-out begun in early 2019 of 1,080 spaces that is 60 per cent complete.

Says a City of Edinburgh Council announcement, here: “So far, 108 units have been installed, which have an occupancy rate of around 91 per cent (591 users) and 476 people on the waiting list for a space.

“Requests have also been received for units at 206 new locations, with around 14 requests received every week.

“As a result, on Thursday (22 April) Transport and Environment Committee approved proposals to increase the scope of the contract with [contractors] Cyclehoop to add an additional 50 locations (100 units) per year over the next two years to the programme, subject to match-funding by [UK cycling and walking charity] Sustrans.

“This would provide 1,200 extra spaces – more than double the number currently being introduced.”

Pictured: Marchmont, Edinburgh

Picture credit: PlaceDesignScotland