Cycling and cycling infrastructure expenditure

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To Whom it May Concern,

1) Please provide information on how much has been spent on cycling infrastructure in the area you're responsible for, broken down each year for the last 5 available financial years.

Where cycling provision has been provided as part of wider improvement works, these should be listed as cost for the cycling-related improvements, not for the entire project.

2) Please also list the amount spent, sorted by Funding Type/Source (e.g. Capital, Section 106, Central Government funding initiatives), broken down each year for the last 5 available financial years.

3) Please detail how much has been spent, broken down by year, on dedicated segregated cycling infrastructure (only dedicated cycle paths featuring light, full or kerb segregation away from motor vehicles, NOT included on-road painted cycle lanes, shared usage paths or existing re-purposed shared usage infrastructure such as canal towpaths or greenways).

For the avoidance of doubt, segregation refers to the physical separation of cyclists from motorised traffic, and can be provided by the following:
Kerbs
Kerbed plinths AKA Armadillos
Bollards
Soft margins or verges
Crash barriers (Trunk roads)

4) Please detail how many miles of segregated infrastructure has been built in the last 5 years (only dedicated cycle paths featuring light, full or kerb segregation away from motor vehicles, NOT included on-road painted cycle lanes, shared usage paths or existing re-purposed shared usage infrastructure such as canal towpaths or greenways).

For the avoidance of doubt, segregation refers to the physical separation of cyclists from motorised traffic, and can be provided by the following:
Kerbs
Kerbed plinths AKA Armadillos
Bollards
Soft margins or verges
Crash barriers (Trunk roads)

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

City of Edinburgh Council

[Name Removed]

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Dear [Name Removed]

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Cycling and cycling infrastructure expenditure

Thank you for your request for information received on 18/02/2020. I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

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Information Governance Unit
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[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Rights Officer 4, City of Edinburgh Council

[Name Removed]

 

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Our ref: 27159

 

Dear [Name Removed]

 

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 - Partial Release of
Information

 

Subject: Cycling and Cycling Infrastructure Expenditure

 

Thank you for your request for information of 18/02/2020 where you asked a
number of questions reading the above. Your request has been processed
under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs).
Unfortunately, the Council is only able to meet part of your request; this
information is released to you now. I shall address each of your questions
in turn.

 

You asked the following:

 

Q1. Please provide information on how much has been spent on cycling
infrastructure in the area you're responsible for, broken down each year
for the last 5 available financial years.

Where cycling provision has been provided as part of wider improvement
works, these should be listed as cost for the cycling-related
improvements, not for the entire project.

Q2. Please also list the amount spent, sorted by Funding Type/Source (e.g.
Capital, Section 106, Central Government funding initiatives), broken down
each year for the last 5 available financial years.

A1 and A2. The requested information is included in committee reports
which are available through the Council’s website. Please follow the links
provided below:

[2]https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieLis...

Select the 17/03/2015 meeting

Select Item 7.3

[3]https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieLis...

Select the 15/03/2016 meeting

Select Item 7.7

[4]https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieLis...

Select the 09/08/2018 meeting

Select Item 7.3

[5]https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieLis...

Select the 20/06/2019 meeting

Elect Item 7.5

If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you may be able to use
facilities at your local public library. Under the Regulations, a request
for information can be refused where one or more exceptions apply. In this
instance, the Council is claiming an exception under Regulation 6 because
the information is already publicly available and easily accessible.

 

If you do have difficulty in accessing the information or if you have any
queries about this letter please contact me quoting the above reference
number.

 

Q3. Please detail how much has been spent, broken down by year, on
dedicated segregated cycling infrastructure (only dedicated cycle paths
featuring light, full or kerb segregation away from motor vehicles, NOT
included on-road painted cycle lanes, shared usage paths or existing
re-purposed shared usage infrastructure such as canal towpaths or
greenways).

 

For the avoidance of doubt, segregation refers to the physical separation
of cyclists from motorised traffic, and can be provided by the following:
Kerbs
Kerbed plinths AKA Armadillos
Bollards
Soft margins or verges
Crash barriers (Trunk roads)

 

A3. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the information
requested as it is not held by the Council. The Council is therefore
relying on the exception under regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

We do not routinely record detail of costs against individual features
within a project, just the overall construction cost. There is also no way
of determining what proportion of general project costs such as design,
project management, consultation, site surveys, temporary traffic
management, contractors’ site establishments, etc. relate to each
individual feature. With this in mind, the following schemes have
contained elements of segregation within them. However, the level at which
the costs can be disaggregated depends on the individual scheme. The
information has been provided to the lowest granular level possible.

 

• Innocent to Meadows (with segregation on Buccleuch Street and Saint
Leonard’s) – constructed 2014/15, total scheme construction cost:
£618,371.

 

• Leith Walk segregated cycle lanes – constructed 2016, cost
disaggregated for just elements of the work that pertain to the
cycleway, £66,269.52.

 

• Portobello road resurfacing scheme, containing segregation on the
carriageway heading eastbound from Jock’s Lodge- construction 2019/20,
all scheme costs pertaining to active travel (includes pedestrian
improvements), £231,835.

 

• Piccardy Place, York Place and Leith St segregated cycling
infrastructure - construction 2019/20, cost reflecting rates of
materials for cycleway and kerbing, £913,416.

Please note that this letter constitutes a formal notice under regulation
13 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Q4. Please detail how many miles of segregated infrastructure has been
built in the last 5 years (only dedicated cycle paths featuring light,
full or kerb segregation away from motor vehicles, NOT included on-road
painted cycle lanes, shared usage paths or existing re-purposed shared
usage infrastructure such as canal towpaths or greenways).

 

For the avoidance of doubt, segregation refers to the physical separation
of cyclists from motorised traffic, and can be provided by the following:
Kerbs
Kerbed plinths AKA Armadillos
Bollards
Soft margins or verges
Crash barriers (Trunk roads)

 

A4. Again, as the requested information is otherwise accessible at:
[6]https://www.sustrans.org.uk/bike-life/bi..., Regulation
6 of the Act applies.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
[7]https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/10...
(Unfortunately, this is currently unavailable but we are working to
resolve this issue.)

 

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The City of Edinburgh Council,

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Edinburgh,

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St Andrews

Fife

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Telephone: 01334 464610

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Iain Burden

Information Rights Officer

 

 

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

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