New cycle route links City and Chapel

Cyclists can now reach Rosslyn Chapel more easily thanks to a new cycle route from Edinburgh.

The 4.9-mile long route, linking Duddingston, Niddrie, the Royal Infirmary, Moredun and Gilmerton to Roslin, known as Route 61, is the only ‘QuietRoute’ which crosses the City Bypass, providing an attractive, family-friendly link between Edinburgh and Midlothian. Edinburgh’s QuietRoutes comprise a network of cycle routes for younger, new or less confident cyclists

The new cycle route consists of a new tarmac path along a former rail line from the existing Roslin cycle path to Lasswade Road, with a widened shared footway/cycleway alongside Lasswade Road, which has been reduced to a 40mph speed limit. There is route direction signage at frequent intervals.

Highlights along the way include Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Glen and the Bilston Glen viaduct.

Daisy Narayanan, Acting Director, Sustrans Scotland said: ‘Sustrans Scotland is delighted to see people out walking and cycling along the Gilmerton to Roslin path. We contributed funding towards the construction of this route through our Community Links Programme, which is funded by Transport Scotland, and provides investment for the creation of cycling and walking network infrastructure for everyday journeys.’

Funding for the Gilmerton to Roslin route came from City of Edinburgh Council (£784,000), Midlothian Council (c. £700,000) and Sustrans Scotland (£407,000).

28 September 2016|Categories: Tourism|
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