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Dunfermline To Edinburgh Commute Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameDunfermline To Edinburgh Commute
Distance : miles (km)19.1  (30.74)
Posted Byfuzzytnth3
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationDunfermline
End LocationEdinburgh
Cycle Steps
An alternative route avoiding terrible road surface at Easter Dalmeny and well dodgy Sustrans Cycle Route 1 particularly next to the A90. I suspect this maybe a longer distance though but since Burnshot Road is being retarmacced then it will shortly have a lovely smooth surface, which than likely rat running car commuters will use.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Forth Road Bridge

Cycling Clubs located in this region
Fife Cycling 2000
Your comments?
posted by:fuzzytnth3Rating : difficult :
Just a wee note to say that this route takes me one hour 10mins on a 72 inch fixed gear. There used to be a faster route but you aren't allowed to use the A90 any more

posted by:fuzzytnth3Rating : difficult :
This route takes about one hour 10-15 mins. They are resurfacing Burnshot road so you have to take it easy at a couple of places but it showed be a nice surface once they are done.

posted by:dudleyRating : difficult :
Did this route at 6.00am this morning! start of a 15m each way commute.

I am going to time it against the A90 cycle path, which i dislike due to the surface / noise / traffic etc.

My version is Crossgates to West-end, but was primarily interested in the back-roads route to avoid the A90.

posted by:fuzzytnth3Rating : difficult :
Only thing to watch on the Burnshot road section having ridden it for quite a while now is when the farmer ploughs the fields they can leave a hell of a mess on the road.

For a few days there were warning triangles that the Police had put up to warn drivers.

Wonder why farmers don't have to clean up their mess when Builders have to clean the roads for their Building Sites?

posted by:dudleyRating : difficult :
Because we like farmers!
Farm 'muck' is far more inert than that which construction sites produce as well

But you're right. Hit a slimey bit of mud on a corner at 25mph and you soon know all about it!

posted by:dudleyRating : difficult :
It has to be said, this route has made the commuting experience a whole lot more enjoyable this year. The A90 footpath is a nightmare of a path, and passing cycle traffic is awkward, and it is easy to get stuck behind 'Mr Slow-mo-ma-go-go" as my daughter puts it.
The traffic of the A90 at 80mph is an unpleasant accompaniment too.
On this route, you get up a bit - a view out over the airport, and an excellent road surface before the trials and tribulations of the city.
The road bridge is absolutely stunning at the equinox when you are crossing at sunrise and sunset. I often stop on the way home to watch the sun set here.
Looking for a route into Edinburgh was how I found this site in the first place.

posted by:fuzzytnth3Rating : difficult :
One further comment to add...

Due to Google maps not allowing me to actually record the off tarmac section (all of fifty feet if that) the map instead shows the route as going up and over Castleandhill.

I do use that route when it is icy although I tend to go through Rosyth and then join the dual carriageway up to Dunfie but it involves three roundabouts and traffic lights.

Whereas I generally prefer the Grange Rd as it avoids all that but does have the odd (I do mean odd!) car driver who thinks overtaking me on a narrow country road going into a blind corner or even on the actual corner (bless you wifey in the BMW Mini Cooper) is a good idea.

Instead of what is shown above at the end of Brankholm Brae at the roundabout on the A985 go into the industrial estate turn right then left then onto the grass and follow the short mud path that joins the tarmac path around the 5 a side football pitches and then onto Hilton Rd followed by Ferry Toll Rd.

Not quite sure why it is that two people have been killed on Grange Rd. in the last year or so yet the Dual Carriageway hasn't had any deaths yet I tend to avoid the dual as the potential to come to grief seems higher on it.

It's also interesting that Dunfie Council show the dual carriageway as their preferred route in/out of Dunfie yet Edinburgh Council have banned cyclists from the A90 and shoved us on to the twisty car rat run country road.

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