Consultation open on Peebles cycle lane plan

Scottish Borders Council is asking Borderers to give their views on a range of proposed trial measures to make Peebles High Street a more walking and cycling friendly area.
Peebles High Street.Peebles High Street.
Peebles High Street.

The proposals include introducing temporary advisory cycle lanes through the town and installing a permanent puffin crossing at Eastgate.

It would see advisory cycle lanes introduced from the east entry to Peebles on the A72, along the High Street, over Tweed Bridge and along Kingsmeadows Road to Cavalry Park for six months. Painted centre lines would be removed from the roads along this stretch and more defined spaces for cyclists added.

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It would involve a removal of taxi ranks at the Park and County hotels to make space for the cycle lane and space at the existing Trespass rank extended to accommodate up to three taxis at any one time.

A permanent light-controlled puffin crossing would also be installed at the top of Tweed Brae, near to the Eastgate Theatre, to provide a designated area for pedestrians to cross the road safely.

The council is seeking to gauge the views of pedestrians, cyclists, traders, residents, visitors and drivers on the temporary measures, which are being proposed as part of the Spaces for People programme.

The programme, run in partnership with Sustrans and Transport Scotland, aims to encourage more active travel in the area and make Peebles High Street a more appealing place to walk and cycle.

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Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a significant upsurge in the amount of walking and cycling taking place across our towns and villages. We are using this opportunity to examine ways in which we can promote more active travel across the region and make it as safe as possible.

“Peebles High Street is a busy town centre that attracts a high level of footfall throughout the year. A dedicated cycling lane and improved access for pedestrians has the potential to improve safety in the area and encourage physical exercise.

“I am therefore encouraging as many people as possible in the local community to share their views on these proposals to help inform our decision.”

Following the proposed six-month trial period, the council would carry out a further survey to assess the effectiveness of the measures and consult with the Peebles Community Council before making any permanent changes.

The public questionnaire runs until 30 April and can be accessed by clicking here.