Consultants and campaigners give evidence to Holyrood committee, and BBCis there too

The Scottish Parliament’s Transport Committee yesterday heard that the perception of danger on the roads was the single biggest barrier to getting more people to take up cycling in the country.

Peter Zanzottera, senior consultant at transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave, which had carried out the research on behalf of the Scottish government, which wants to increase cycling levels by 10% by 2020, said: “It’s clear that the main reason people give for not cycling is road danger.”

He added that according to the research, what people most wanted to see were “segregated cycle lanes to make them feel safe.”

Mr Zanzottera, who also runs England’s Bikeability scheme, was quizzed on his research and recommendations by members of the committee, who also heard evidence from representatives from Scottish Cycling, CTC Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Lothian cycle campaign group, Spokes.

BBC Democracy Live captured the full proceedings on camera, which you can watch below.


As reported yesterday on road.cc, Spokes and CTC Scotland have also urged MSPs to introduce a 20mph speed limit across the country.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.