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Sustainable Travel Choices

Promoting Sustainable Travel Choices

Edinburgh BioQuarter supports sustainable travel choices and as part of an ongoing project, we are looking at ways to improve access to sustainable travel for staff, patients, tenants and visitors to BioQuarter.

Sustainable travel options include active travel – such as walking, wheeling or cycling – and also making use of public transport and car sharing.

Using data on travel demand and behaviour, collected from an Edinburgh BioQuarter Travel Survey, will guide our efforts and investment aimed at improving infrastructure and service provision and update our travel planning to best provide for those travelling to Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Current initiatives at BioQuarter


  • The 2022 Edinburgh BioQuarter Travel Survey – made available to staff, patients and visitors for submission until 8th May 2022. Results will be published in due course.
  • BioQuarter Walking Trail – a QR token trail will launch on Monday 8th August 2022 and will continue until November 2022.
  • Bike Doctor cycle maintenance sessions held monthly until November 2022.

Future activities include a Summer Commuter Challenge and Bike Breakfasts so please check back for more information when available or follow our social media channels.

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Explore the BioQuarter Trail

BioQuarter Trail - Walk, Find, Scan

Keep active around BioQuarter. There are some great walking, wheeling and cycling routes surrounding Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Try out the QR Token Trail. While walking the trails around BioQuarter look out for QR Tokens, hidden on features along the footpaths. Scan them with your smart phone to log your find and be in with the chance of winning monthly prizes, such as vouchers for local shops.

The course will be modified every two months so keep an eye out for new QR Tokens.

A new Trail was published on Monday 12th September – check the map and go explore!

Win Prizes...

Prizes will be awarded each month for the first person to find certain tokens, the person who finds all 10 tokens, the person to scan a token 3 days in a row and the person to record the most visits to a token, as well as spot prizes chosen each month.

Prizes include:

  • Edinburgh Bike Co-operative Voucher
  • Rogersons Fine Footwear Voucher
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Voucher
  • Afternoon Tea for Two
  • Coffee Club Voucher
  • Set of Reflectors
  • Handmade woolly hat
  • Buff

On your next walk, look out for the tokens and scan the code. You will be directed to an online form to insert your email address and confirm the QR Token you have found. Your email address will only be used to contact you if you have won a prize.

Log Tokens You Have Found

Dr Bike Service

Doctor Bike will be on BioQuarter to provide free monthly bike checks starting 31st March 2022 until November 2022. No need to book, just drop by.

The service is available the last Thursday of the month*:

  • 12:00 to 2:00pm outside Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh entrance, Hospital Square (note new location)
  • 2:30pm to 3:30pm outside NINE Building

This service is provided by Edinburgh Bike Doctors and funded by Smarter Choices Smart Places, a Paths for All programme.

* Thursday 29 September, 2022: Following the route improvement and extension of Quiet Route 61 (Roslin to Portobello), there will be a drop-in event hosted on Edinburgh BioQuarter from 11am to 2pm at the point where QR61 crosses Little France Drive at Robin Mitchell Way. Dr Bike will be at this meeting point from 12 – 2pm and then at NINE Building from 2.30pm to 3.30pm as usual.

Walking and Cycling Routes

Edinburgh Council Quiet Routes

To encourage more people to travel by bike or on foot for everyday journeys, Edinburgh Council are investing in improving conditions for cycling and walking in and around the city. Explore your options for routes to Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Quiet Route 61 is a quiet route crossing the City Bypass between Roslin and Portobello. This route has been been extended and is now sign posted all the way. Join a drop-in event on Tuesday 29th September (11am to 2pm), where QR61 crosses Little France Drive at Robin Mitchell Way, to find out more about recent improvements.

Out and About in Midlothian

Midlothian has many designated cycleways and walkways. There are many linear and circular routes to explore, some of which act as a link between towns and villages and offer a great variety of landscapes, from the Pentland and Moorfoot Hills to rolling farmland, woodland and river valleys.


Paths for All Health Walks

Walking is the simplest activity to encourage and promote in the workplace. It fits easily in and around the working day. It’s free. No special equipment is required, and most people can take part. It can also improve mental health – regular walking can reduce your risk of depression and dementia by 20-30%, improve your sleep, and prevent and reduce anxiety and stress.



Cycle Streets Route Planning

CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.

Sustrans Cycle Network

The National Cycle Network is a UK-wide network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling, wheeling and exploring outdoors.

Public Transport

Edinburgh BioQuarter is ideally located for bus travel from across the city and beyond. BioQuarter has a dedicated bus hub and additional bus stops on site, all served by frequent buses.

Edinburgh’s two mainline railway stations, Waverley and Haymarket, cover the entire UK network. From Edinburgh Waverley, BioQuarter is only a 15-minute bus journey.



Travel Survey

The Edinburgh BioQuarter Travel Survey 2022 for staff, patients and visitors was conducted in the spring and  the results will be used to inform future improvements to provisions and policy, as well as providing information on existing travel habits.

Understanding the barriers for those using public transport or walking, wheeling, cycling to BioQuarter will help us to make sustainable travel choices accessible for more people.

Whether you work on BioQuarter, are a patient or a visitor, we would like to hear about how you travelled here and what improvements could be made to enable you to travel via a sustainable mode in the future.

The Survey closed on 8th May 2022 and the results will be published on this page once these have been collated.

Many thanks to all those who participated. If you have any questions relating to this, please email.


If you would like more information on Sustainable Travel, QR Token Walking Trail or require advice / support in completing the Travel Survey please email Sweco at ActiveEBQ@sweco.co.uk.

All information you provide within the Travel Survey will be treated as confidential and only used for research purposes. Where an email address has been provided in the QR Token Walking Trail, this will only be used to contact you in the instance that you have won a prize.

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