Improve road surfaces

Many road and cycle path surfaces are bumpy or full of potholes which makes cycling uncomfortable and dangerous. Make surfaces smoother with fewer obstacles (drain covers, patched up tarmac, cobbles are all obstacles!)

Why the contribution is important

It will make people more likely to cycle if it's a pleasant experience and they feel safe.

by mango23k on July 30, 2020 at 08:08AM

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Average rating: 5.0
Based on: 11 votes


  • Posted by annekrippler July 30, 2020 at 22:15

    Totally, there are some routes I need to take but I am dreading because especially the edge of the road is very bumpy (basically getting a concussion whilst cycling over) but cars get aggressive if you cycle in the middle of the road to avoid uneven concrete so there is no win
  • Posted by sg July 31, 2020 at 08:34

    Cars and cycles need to co-exist in the urban space. When I'm cycling indeed being close to the curb means risking bike damage or even fall. Equally when driving, as @annekrippler mentioned it frustrates drivers (rightly so), when cyclists are in the middle of the road. Ensuring, that road surfaces are even, in particular close to curb, will make situation much better.
  • Posted by ryanb July 31, 2020 at 09:56

    There are several awful lumps and bumps at the end of my street which I have to deal with on my commute home. To avoid this, I have to cycle in the middle of the lane, directly in the path of cars, buses and delivery vehicles. I hate doing this as it gives me the fear of being honked at or harassed, just for being on the road!
  • Posted by jconnollybond August 03, 2020 at 16:01

    The roads that follow on from the A8 from Princes St up to Corstorphine are very precarious to cycle on due to the extremely poor road quality. It's a main artery into the city centre for many and it's completely unfit for cycling.
  • Posted by edinburger August 10, 2020 at 23:02

    Honestly, if the council simply focused on fixing road surfaces and stopped meddling with unhelpful and unsightly infrastructure, they would save a lot of money and avoid a lot of unnecessary problems.
  • Posted by Cherry August 17, 2020 at 13:03

    I can't think of a better way of encouraging more cycling than to make the bus lanes and cycle lanes pot-hole free, and keep the bus lanes car-free 24/7.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 17, 2020 at 13:16

    Unfortunately the council has a serious vanity project spending habit, as one example, flushing more than £20,000 down the half toy tram set loan interest payment chute every single day. That's why they can't afford to maintain the road infrastructure properly. As well as chucking away money, there's just not enough time - it takes loads of resources to dash around for virtue signalling photo opportunities - after all, that's the most important bit of the "day job".
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