Edinburgh Cyclists to get head start at traffic lights

Under new council plans announced today, cyclists will get a head start at traffic light junctions along the tram route.

These new traffic lights that would go green for riders before other traffic would be installed at 14 different sites along the tram route. These same lights are already in use at the Leith Walk/ McDonald Road junction.Plans follow the red cycle lanes for riders to cross tramlines more safely installed last autumn.

The tram route running down Princes Street is one of the busiest with cyclists. Credit: Calum McRobert @ Geograph.org

The work was triggered after the death of Malaysian student Zhi Min Soh, whose bike wheels became caught in tram tracks last May at the junction of Shandwick Place and Queensferry Street. These plans are also part of a public consultation which launched on the council website today and will run unitl the 11th of April.If approved the lights will be expected to be implemented towards the end of the year.

Transport convener Lesley Macinnes stated,

“With the first phase of cycle safety improvements already in place – and, according to our feedback, well-received by cyclists – and the second phase just weeks away from being implemented, we’re now looking to the public for feedback on our proposed designs for phase three, which we aim to put in place later this year.”

“Road safety is absolutely paramount and we’ve been working extremely closely with our partners to refine these designs.”

Early release signals for cyclists have been credited with reducing collisions in cities where they’re already used so these are a particularly desirable option.The council have said a fourth and final phase would involve changes to the road layout at the Princes Street/Lothian Road/Shandwick Place/Queensferry Street/Hope Street junction to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike.


Man Critical after deliberate collision in Glasgow


Jamaica St is expected to remain closed for most of today

A 32-year-old man is in a life threatening condition in hospital after a car was deliberately driven at him in Glasgow city centre.

Police said the incident happened at about 1 am in the city’s Jamaica Street and involved a Volkswagen car.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he remains.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, which has resulted in the closure of Jamaica Street.

They are warning commuters that the road will be closed for some time and to expect disruption.

The road has closed from Argyle Street, with nearby Howard Street also affected.

A police spokesman said: “At around 00:45 on Wednesday 11 January a 32-year-old man was seriously injured after a Volkswagen car was deliberately driven at him in Jamaica Street.”

“He was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he remains for treatment.”

“Hospital staff describe his condition as life threatening. Jamaica Street is closed while officers carry out inquiries.”

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