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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

  • Active Bingo is back! Restarts w/c 26th February for 4-weeks. Tick off all the activities you complete and be in with the chance of winning prizes.
    Download Week 1 Bingo Card for period 26 February – 3 March 2024
    Download Week 2 Bingo Card for period  4 – 10  March 2024
  • Active Travel Breakfast – walk, wheel or cycle challenge to Edinburgh BioQuarter between 26th February and 9th March 2024. Breakfast vouchers for those who sign up  – subject to availability.
  • Cycle Maintenance Coursenext session 11th March.
  • Adult Cycle Training – build your confidence on a bicycle, from learning to ride to refreshing your on-road cycling skills. The next session will be hosted on 16th March outside NINE (9am-11am).
    Free to attend. Please email for more information or to book your place – and bring your bike!
  • Love to Ride –  join the Edinburgh BioQuarter: Love to Ride team (select ‘Join Club / Group’) and win prizes for logging your cycles throughout the year.
    Love to Ride offers a wide range of fun challenges and resources throughout the year, aimed at encouraging and supporting people to incorporate biking into their daily lives.
  • BioQuarter Trail – launch in August 2022 with QR tokens placed along a landscaped trail on BioQuarter during the summer months.

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. 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.

Explore local routes

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.

 

 

Little France Park

Little France Park was created by reclaiming unmanaged grassland and carving out a green corridor from Edinburgh city centre to Midlothian, improving the access to quality green spaces for both wildlife and people.

The park is a diverse range of habitats – grassland, hedges, standing water /wetland (part of a flood alleviation scheme), moving watercourses, and woodlands with interpretation panels help to identify local wildlife and the different routes. Biodiversity improvements and activities are ongoing.

Sustrans Cycle Network

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

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.

Out and About

Historic Sundays

Historic Environment Scotland is offering free access to Craigmillar Castle (and many other castles throughout Scotland) to everyone living in Scotland – you just need a Scottish postcode when booking.

Craigmillar Castle is approximately a 25-minute walk from Edinburgh BioQuarter via Little France Road, along dedicated footpaths and cycleways making this ideal for a visit before or after work or with family or friends for a day out.

The scheme is running from October 2023 to March 2024 on the first Sunday of the month (spaces subject to availability).

Getting to BioQuarter

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.

Active Travel Gaps

Community Engagement Survey

A two-week community engagement survey launched closed on Sunday 17th December 2023,  aimed at gathering feedback on four proposed sections of walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure within Edinburgh BioQuarter and connecting to Sheriffhall.

The main method of feedback collection was through an online survey, with a paper version available to collect from the reception at NINE, Little France Road, Edinburgh BioQuarter, Edinburgh, EH16 4UX.

If you have any questions relating to the survey, please email Sweco at edinburghbioquarter@sweco.co.uk.

Find out more about the background and benefits of the Active Travel Gaps project.

Active Travel Gaps Project

Contact

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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