Vehicle Free Holyrood Park

Ban vehicles from driving along Queen's Drive at Holyrood Park.

Why the contribution is important

I nearly got hit by a taxi today whilst cycling along Queen's Drive. Vehicles NEVER need to drive through Holyrood Park. Banning vehicles from driving along Queen's Drive at Holyrood Park would do 3 things:

1) Reduce air pollution at the park meaning people can breathe in cleaner air

2) Enable pedestrians to walk on the road meaning pedestrians can be socially distanced from other pedestrians walking in another direction on the pavement.

3) Make cycling enjoyable 


by finlay1 on August 19, 2020 at 11:16PM

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  • Posted by Iketa August 27, 2020 at 00:02

    Agreed. It's insane that the largest, most scenic, popular and accessible park in the city, where many people visit in order to cycle or just take a stroll is ringed by a busy road . Close it to through traffic, even just at weekends for a start.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 27, 2020 at 19:35

    Indeed, back in the 12th century, there were no cars or vans in the bark, let's go back to those good old days. Let's bring back diptheria whilst we're at it......
  • Posted by finlay1 August 29, 2020 at 20:16

    @Voiceofreason, I've never noticed a car or van in a dog bark.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 07, 2020 at 10:25

    "Indeed, back in the 12th century, there were no cars or vans in the PARK, let's go back to those good old days. Let's bring back diphtheria whilst we're at it......"

    Sorted - apologies, as this site was designed by the council, naturally they forgot an edit function....
  • Posted by CaroMarrow September 23, 2020 at 19:13

    I agree it should be closed to vehicles, I heard recently that Historic Environment Scotland were considering re-opening the High Road to motor traffic, so I emailed them about this. They said they had received a wide spectrum of comments and views regarding future public access to the High Road for vehicles and this would inform their decision-making process. They also said that once a decision had been reached they would make their findings available to the public.

    I think that if they do decide to re-open the High Road to traffic, at the very least, measures should be taken to enforce the 20mph speed limit - perhaps speed bumps or at least signs - on a sunny day there are usually people clearly driving faster than 20mph along Queens Road, sometimes shouting angrily at each other or at pedestrians.
  • Posted by finlay1 September 23, 2020 at 21:12

    @CaroMarrow, I am shocked to hear that Historic Environment Scotland are considering re-opening the high road. Queens Drive used to be closed to cars at weekends between 8:30am - 6pm, but now the roads re-open at 3pm! I cycle on the High Road almost everyday. It would be HUGELY disappointing to see it re-opened. I do not think speed bumps on the High Road are a good idea; it's difficult enough for many people to cycle up the High Road. On Queen's drive driver's are always speeding. The only people who go 20mph along the road are learners!
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