Edinburgh's 'Tube Map for bikes' has today been revealed by Bike Station, which has compiled the city's most popular routes, detailing each in a London Underground style map. First viewings take place today at Edinburgh's Map Reading Room - part of Scotland's national library.
Bike Station's creation, put together as part of the 'Climate Challenge Fund' project, clearly displays for the first time the scale of the network, demonstrating that Edinburgh is fairly unique in Britain as no other town has such an extensive off-street system of paths going through major urban areas.
The map was conceived by Mark Sydenham of the Bike Station and designed by Martin Baillie of the Hillside Agency, a Leith-based design agency.
To develop the map further, the Bike Station and Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust have been awarded over £98,000 funding from the People's Postcode Lottery's Dream Fund for the next twelve months to carry out conservation work along the paths in the North of Edinburgh, as well as to improve the signage and other amenities, in conjunction with others including City of Edinburgh Council. An interactive map and website will demonstrate to cyclists and walkers alike the potential and extent of Edinburgh's paths as a means of moving about the city.
This stage of the project will begin in April, and will provide volunteering opportunities to those interested in conservation and the promotion of Edinburgh's paths.
To download the map in a pdf format, follow the link found here.