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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 consistently 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.

Data on travel demand and behaviour, collected from the 2022 Edinburgh BioQuarter Travel Survey (made available to staff, patients and visitors), assisted in guiding our efforts and investment aimed at improving infrastructure and service provision, and updated our travel planning to better provide for those travelling to BioQuarter.

Active Travel Initiatives on BioQuarter

  • BioQuarter Trail – the QR tokens along the trail will return in 2023 after a successful launch in August 2022 through to November
  • Bike Doctor cycle maintenance sessions – hosted monthly
  • Active Travel Breakfasts

For future activities, please check back for more information and follow our social media channels.

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Dr Bike Service

Doctor Bike provides free monthly bike checks on Edinburgh BioQuarter and these sessions will continue during autumn and winter from September 2023 through to March 2024.

The service is available the last Thursday of the month, except in October when this will be a Wednesday. No need to book, just drop by.

  • 12:00 to 2:00pm Hospital Square, outside Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh entrance
  • 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.

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.

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 about Sustainable Travel choices or activities on BioQuarter,  please email Sweco at ActiveEBQ@sweco.co.uk.


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