Cycling and walking improvements on McDonald Road

Closed 4 Sep 2016

Opened 28 Jul 2016

Feedback updated 11 Apr 2017

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on McDonald Road.

You said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

Results updated 11 Apr 2018

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals, with many people raising that the existing conditions were either unsafe or intimidating for people walking and cycling.

In the online survey, the majority of people (59.4%) were supportive of the proposals with only 14.8% of people neutral and 25.7% opposed.

A detailed report on the consultation is attached below. This includes a section on the alterations that we shall make to the design based on the feedback from the consultation.



This consultation gives people the opportunity to express their views about proposed initial designs for cycling and walking improvements on McDonald Road, from the junction with Broughton Road to McDonald Street.

These designs are part of planned improvements to the cycling route, called QuietRoute 20. This route forms part of the QuietRoutes Network that is being implemented across Edinburgh. The aim of the network is to provide routes that are easy, safe and convenient to use by people of any level of cycle experience. It will also improve conditions for people walking.

Why your views matter

The Council needs to understand and consider all the needs and views expressed by people regarding the street re-design.

We will use the comments to develop an optimum design that improves the street for walking and cycling.


What happens next

Following the consultation, the designs will be further refined and developed by a design team of Council and external technical experts.

There will be further opportunities to respond to the designs as they are refined.

The aim is for final designs to be completed by March 2017.

Subject to Committee approval and funding availability, the intention is to begin construction in 2017/18.


  • Ward 12 - Leith Walk
  • Ward 5 - Inverleith


  • People with disabilities
  • Children & Young People
  • Elected Members
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Built heritage groups
  • Community councils
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Transport groups


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cycling and walking
  • Road safety
  • Travel in Edinburgh