Dalmeny cycle path given face lift by volunteers

Volunteer work being done on the Dalmeny to Newbridge cycle path. 
Jim Watson and Peter Hawkins
Volunteer work being done on the Dalmeny to Newbridge cycle path. Jim Watson and Peter Hawkins
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A cyclist has been giving up his free time to transform and improve a busy pathway in Dalmeny.

Jim Watson regularly uses the Dalmeny to Newbridge cycle path to get to his work at Edinburgh Airport, but he felt the route needed improving.

He said: “The path is a muddy mess and that puts people off using it. It is dangerous for cyclists and other path users and plays havoc with your bike.

“The path is busy with cyclists, but it has gone so long unmanaged it is not in the best shape. So we thought we should help.”

Determined to improve the road, Jim and Peter Hawkins, Spokes planning officer, have spent their free time working on the path.

The pair have improved the drainage at some of the worst parts on the route and Jim does not plan to stop there.

He said: “We will continue with our voluntary work so that the path can be safely enjoyed by cyclists, runners and walkers.”

Jim feels the route could be an excellent alternative to using a car if managed properly. He said: “With the airport and the massive residential development that is taking place in South Queensferry, Dalmeny and Kirkliston it makes sense to improve this path to encourage people to use an Active Travel mode of transport.

“It links with the Forth Road Bridge and the A8 which would help ease congestion on St John’s Road, Scotland’s most polluted street.”

Jim and Peter welcome any volunteers willing to help and ask them to contact Peter via spokes.org.uk/contact.