‘I see the anti-cycling keyboard warriors are out in force again’: readers react to announcement of road changes in Edinburgh

Measures to be brought forward include the widening of footpaths on George IV Bridge and the closure of Waverley Bridge.

Wide-ranging changes to famous streets in Edinburgh to improve active travel and help residents social distance are set to be voted on by councillors.

If approved, plans for several of Edinburgh’s most famous streets will then be brought forward by officers, including the closure of Waverley Bridge and the widening of pavements on George IV Bridge.

Readers have had mixed reactions to the proposals.

This is how readers have reacted to the proposals on Facebook:

Andrew Newberry: “Once again the clowncil doing everything for the greens and the trendy eco vote. But absolutely nothing for businesses that pay them more revenue.”

Henry Whaley: “Great to see. We need more space for people to move around not in cars. For our health & tackling the pollution problem we had this will be a game changer. Bravo CEC.”

Derik Larkins: “What a waste of money, there are plenty of pavements and roads which need repaired before more cash is wasted on vanity projects.”

Robert Wright: “Do they never ever think of disabled people and the drivers who take them to medical appointments? If roads are closed to traffic, how are we supposed to collect them from their homes? CEC are thoughtless clowns who can't be trusted to run a bath much less a city.”

Grant Aitken: “I see the anti-cycling keyboard warriors are out in force again. They regularly do things like this in continental Europe to improve pollution in the centre of town and the health of the population.”

Elizabeth Thomson: “This is the excuse the council have been waiting for to make a Edinburgh car free zone.”

Louise Wilson: “Our car hating council have used Covid-19 as an excuse to shove these changes through as fast as they can.”

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