Monday 25th January 2021,
North Edinburgh Community News

Council spends more than half a million pounds installing cycle ‘wands’

Edinburgh Council has spent more than half a million pounds installing ‘wands’ on streets across the city as part of their Spaces for People programme. 

Figures released to North Edinburgh News under Freedom of Information also confirm that 2,550 ‘wands’ have been installed at a cost of £680,340.

The cost of purchasing and installing each ‘wand’ is broken down as follows: cycle defender £139, bollard £90 and £37.80 for them to be fitted – £266.80 per ‘wand’.

This cost doesn’t include the price for new signage and road markings. 

The Council was allocated £5million of funding from Sustrans to make temporary changes to streets around the city. 

Many streets in north Edinburgh had work done to them and these include Pennywell Road, Silverknowes Road, Stockbridge, Crewe Road South and Ferry Road. 

Edinburgh residents have made more than 4100 suggestions for creating more space to walk, cycle and wheel during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 

The council now plan to consult residents on making some of the schemes permanent. 

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