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Greener Leith Transport Strategy Response

Greener Leith Transport Strategy Response

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Greener Leith response to the City of Edinburgh Council Transport Strategy Consultation.
Greener Leith response to the City of Edinburgh Council Transport Strategy Consultation.

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Greener Leith36, Newhaven RoadEdinburghEH6 5PYwww.greenerleith.org.uk justask@greenerleith.org
City of Edinburgh CouncilLocal Transport StrategyCity of Edinburgh CouncilWaverley Court4 East Market StreetEdinburghEH8 8BG
Dear Sir/Madam,
RE: Local Transport Strategy Consultation
Please find a response to the Local Transport Strategy Consultation from Greener Leith,below.
1 - Integrated Transport
We welcome moves by the council to move towards a more integrated public transportsystem.However, we believe the practical implementation of many recent major transport projectshas left much to be desired, particularly with regards to pedestrian and bike route integrationat tram stops and rail stations.
Whilst we recognise that some transport projects are not fully controlled by the council, weurge that more is done to support multi-modal travel.For example, early proposals that would see no dedicated cycle facilities, and a possiblecomplete ban on cycling eastbound on Princes Street seem to ignore the fact that manypeople, including visitors, cycle to and from Waverley Station and will find this baninexplicable - and very inconvenient.
Comments on City Cycling Edinburgh Forum, Hermiston Gait Tram Stop:http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=8710&page=5#post-95676
“Haymarket revamp bosses dubbed “daft” on entrances,”http://www.scotsman.com/news/haymarket-revamp-bosses-dubbed-daft-on-entrances-1-2840968
Greener Leith is a Scottish Charity number SCO40838 and a company limited by guarantee No: 365095
Secure cycle storage should be provided at
tram stop, not just “significant” tramstops.
2. Supported Bus Services
We favour option 2.
3. Speed Limits - 20mph
We strongly support option 1.Shopping streets and busy pedestrian streets are the roads which will derive the mostbenefit from 20mph limits.As vibrant public spaces, many of these streets serve multiple roles - meeting places,commercial areas, social spaces etc - and so they do not just operate as transport corridors.A 20mph limit on these streets will make them safer for vulnerable users and they will help to “civilise” the street - orientating these roads away from simply acting as a transport corridor,and supporting the other “place functions” of these public spaces.We have evidenced considerable local and national support for a 20mph limit on Leith Walk
on the basis that it would help to boost the local economy, enhance the safety of the streetfor its most vulnerable users and encourage more people to adopt active travel modes.We also note that the analysis of city-wide road safety data shows that Leith Walk isidentified as an accident black spot for both pedestrians and cyclists. There is therefore a
clear case supporting the introduction of a 20mph limit on the full length of this street.In our view, wherever there is clear community support, or empirical road safety evidencethat shows high accident rates, 20mph limits should become the norm on shopping streets aswell as residential streets.
4. Speed Limits - 30mph and above
We support option 1. A reduced speed limit on Seafield Road is particularly welcome.
“Joint submission to the Leith Programme Consultation”:http://www.scribd.com/doc/121692063/Joint-Submission-to-the-Leith-Programme-Consultation#fullscreen
“Road safety stats highlight benefit of 20mph limit on Leith Walk”:http://greenerleith.org.uk/blog/road-safety-analysis-20mph-limit-leith-walk-2044
Greener Leith is a Scottish Charity number SCO40838 and a company limited by guarantee No: 365095
5. School Streets
We strongly support option 1, and also urge the council to also consider support for “playstreets”, where local residents are enabled by the local authority to make regular temporary
road closures to allow children to play outside safely, using Temporary Play Street Orders.
6. City Centre Parking
We note the considerable cost of providing discounted parking in the city centre duringrecent initiatives such as “Alive after 5.” Given the financial pressures on the council at present, we would argue that these policiesare misguided, as they promote further city centre traffic congestion, poor air quality,undermine local bus patronage and discourage active travel use.We are therefore unconvinced that discounted parking initiatives represent best value for thecouncil, or that they make the city centre more attractive for visitors when they arrive.
7. Sunday Parking
We support Option 6, and would wish to see restrictions extended to zones 1-8 on the map.We also note that the consultation document acknowledges that unrestricted parking “maynot be maximising the economic benefit to retailers and other businesses – not all of theparking is by customers, and the lack of controls can reduce the ‘turnover’ of parking spaces. “Also, the relaxation of parking restrictions leads to buses and general traffic experiencingdelays on some routes...” We have evidenced considerable local support for more effective parking regulation on thewhole of Leith Walk throughout the week, to tackle just these problems, and urge the councilto take steps to improve regulation on the length of this street too.
8. Residents’ Parking/ Controlled Parking Zones
We support option 1 and reiterate our previous point about poor parking regulationthroughout the week on Leith Walk.
“Bristol’s Temporary Play Street Order Trial”http://playingout.net/files/5313/5765/4161/TPSO_draft_report_Sept_2012.pdf 
Greener Leith is a Scottish Charity number SCO40838 and a company limited by guarantee No: 365095

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