Grit Scott!

Council is going in the right direction…

Generally speaking, I only mention City of Edinburgh Council to moan about the many things they are doing wrong (or not doing at all!).

Perhaps it’s a little too easy to lose sight of the fact that the council is investing the highest proportion of its transport budget of any authority in the UK (currently 6%) in cycling.

The condition of the core paths this winter has been a dramatic improvement over past years, with regular treatment allowing Edinburgh’s cyclists to enjoy conditions like this, instead of re-enacting “Ice Road Truckers” every morning:

edinburgh-cycle-path-gritted

“Cleared!” by chdot, on Flickr

So yes, while a bit of help from citizen snowploughs has occasionally been called for, it would be churlish to deny the major step forward that we’ve seen compared with previous winters.

At least when it comes to uncontroversial measures that don’t disadvantage the sacred motoring cow, it’s reassuring to see some improvements on the ground; gritted paths are enjoyed by thousands of residents.

Will we see this trend continue? Here’s hoping…

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