More cycling less cars

Ban cars from the city centre and create safe cycling lanes instead. These could be separated from the public transport lanes to enable seamless interaction between cyclists and other citizens using public transport. 

Why the contribution is important

The current state of Edinburgh roads always favours cars over other means of transport. Many people do not feel comfortable/safe cycling around with so many cars driving in the city centre. 

by jakub on August 11, 2020 at 11:12PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.0
Based on: 4 votes


  • Posted by finlay1 August 13, 2020 at 15:59

    We need better cycling infrastructure but banning cars is not the right approach to achieving that.
  • Posted by nickm August 15, 2020 at 23:38

    We have to accept that the changes required by the climate emergency will inconvenience car drivers, and as a driver I'm willing to put up with that if it means we're all healthier and safer and play our part in reducing carbon emissions.
    I agree that we probably don't want to ban cars entirely in the city centre but we should (within the next 10 years) make at least (say) 50% of city centre streets pedestrian zones, especially the main shopping streets.
    At the same time, to help sity centre shops, we need to discourage people from going to out-of-town shopping malls (by making them pay business rates in proportion to the damage they do to the city) and improve cycling and pedestrian facilities in the city centre. People should be encouraged to shop locally as far as possible.
  • Posted by finlay1 August 16, 2020 at 20:37


    The best possible thing The City of Edinburgh Council could do to make our city cleaner would be to heavily incentivise electric car ownership. Free parking for electric vehicles, allowing electric vehicles to use bus lanes, offering Edinburgh residents another £3K to buy an electric car on top of the UK governments existing £3K grant. This would result in an electric car revolution in Edinburgh. Instead the council are wasting £207million on a tramline extension that will bring years of noise pollution and harm local businesses.

    As for discouraging people from visiting out-of-town retail parks and shopping centres, could you possibly have come up with a worse idea?
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 01, 2020 at 19:36

    Leccy shopping trolleys are only useful for virtue signalling. Until someone comes up with a vehicle whose infrastructure is already in place all over the world, that can be refuelled in the same time as it takes to fill up a petrol/diesel/LPG powered vehicle, existing modes of transport will stay in the forefront and eventually governments will give up chasing elusive green votes and get rid of idiotic
     date-based vehicle bans. If we really give a toss about carbon neutrality, then we can just plant trees somewhere cheap in the same way that we happily send our rubbish off via bunker diesel burning ship to anywhere that'll "recycle" it as cheaply as possible. Out of sight, out of mind and a big tick in the gesture politicking "environment" box.
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