The cycle path alongside Edinburgh's A90 has reopened after being widened and resurfaced with an added safety barrier also installed

A cycle route along Edinburgh’s A90 has reopened after undergoing a major upgrade to make it safer and more enjoyable to ride along.

The path, part of the National Cycle Network Route 1, runs between Roseburn and the Forth Road Bridge and the upgrades are part of a £1.5m improvement scheme run by the city council, Sustrans and Transport Scotland.

The route has been widened and resurfaced, with a new safety barrier with anti-glare installed alongside.

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The Scottish Government’s transport minster Derek Mackay told the Edinburgh News: “Cycling has clear health and environmental benefits for all and the Scottish Government is firmly committed to increasing our record levels of investment, almost £40m last year, not just on infrastructure but also by actively promoting cycling as a positive transport option.

“This A90 corridor is an extremely important part of the network linking commuters from Fife and Edinburgh to workplaces along this route and providing a safer route for children to cycle to school.

“The city council is already making cycling easier through its Active Travel Action Plan and is leading the way in Scotland for modal share.”

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Transport Scotland is investing £20m in cycling north of the border as the Scottish government aim to ensure 10 per cent of all journeys are made by bike. Figures released recently show that just two per cent of journeys are on bikes at the moment.