That growth is supported by Edinburgh’s Active Travel Action Plan (ATAP), which aims to make work and leisure journeys on foot and by bike as easy, convenient and enjoyable as possible.
Edinburgh has pioneered investment in cycling, largely thanks to a commitment to invest 10% of its entire Roads and Transportation budget on improving cycling infrastructure and as a result;
- 12% of Edinburgh residents list bicycle as their main mode of travel (2017).
- 15.3m trips were made by bike in Edinburgh in the past year, removing an average 11,762 cars from Edinburgh’s roads each day.
Combined with match funding through the Sustrans Community Links grant programme, investment is having a multiplier effect on residents’ attitudes towards cycling and encouraging modal shift in how people get to work. In some wards, up to 17% of journeys into work are now made on two wheels, and with the advent of affordable eBikes, cycling has never been more accessible to people of all ages.
With more investment planned, the city-wide cycling network is set to expand, providing greater connectivity and safer, more segregated roadways. Among the key projects being designed is the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL), which will deliver protected cycle tracks as part of public realm improvements. A further scheme – the Meadows-George Street cycleway – will improve city centre access from the south of the city, while the West Edinburgh Active Travel Area seeks to improve the cycling network in and around Edinburgh Park.
Edinburgh has its very own cycle hire scheme. The bikes are a quick and easy way to get from A to B around the city. Most people use it as an alternative to public transportation for everyday journeys like commuting, getting to places or just as a fun way to experience the city. The bikes, located at stations around the city, can be hired 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days year so users can always access the bikes when they need one.