Feedback sought on making Peebles High Street more pedestrian friendly

Published: Tuesday, 13th April 2021

We are asking Borderers to give their views on a range of proposed trial measures to make Peebles High Street a more walking and cycling friendly area

Advisory cycle lanes

The proposals include introducing temporary advisory cycle lanes through the town and installing a permanent puffin crossing at Eastgate.

It would see advisory cycle lanes introduced from the entry to Peebles on the A72 (east) along the High Street, over Tweed Bridge and along Kingsmeadows Road to Cavalry Park for six months. Painted centre lines would be removed from the roads along this stretch and more defined spaces for cyclists added.

Taxi ranks

As a result of this, taxi ranks at The Park and The County would be removed to make space for the cycle lane and space at the existing Trespass rank extended to accommodate up to three taxis at any one time.

Light-controlled puffin crossing

A permanent light-controlled puffin crossing would also be installed at the top of Tweed Brae, near to the Eastgate Theatre, to provide a designated area for pedestrians to cross the road safely.

Give us your views

We are seeking to gauge the views of pedestrians, cyclists, traders, residents, visitors and drivers on the temporary measures, which are being proposed as part of the Spaces for People programme.

The programme, run in partnership with Sustrans and Transport Scotland, aims to encourage more active travel in the area and make Peebles High Street a more appealing place to walk and cycle.

Following the proposed six-month trial period, we would carry out a further survey to assess the effectiveness of the measures and consult with the Peebles Community Council before making any permanent changes.

The public questionnaire runs until 30 April and can be accessed on our Citizen Space site.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Infrastructure, Travel and Transport

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a significant upsurge in the amount of walking and cycling taking place across our towns and villages. We are using this opportunity to examine ways in which we can promote more active travel across the region and make it as safe as possible.

“Peebles High Street is a busy town centre that attracts a high level of footfall throughout the year. A dedicated cycling lane and improved access for pedestrians has the potential to improve safety in the area and encourage physical exercise. 

“I am therefore encouraging as many people as possible in the local community to share their views on these proposals to help inform our decision.