Pedal on Parliament will be bigger than ever this year, with rides planned in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
With local elections right across Scotland this year, campaigners will be riding in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in 2017.
Dates for the events are 22nd April for Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and 23rd April for Glasgow.
The Pedal on Parliament organisers say: “Cycling should be the obvious solution for many of Scotland’s ills – as we have long said in our manifesto.
“Report after report after report has shown that cycling improves people’s health, cuts congestion, reduces pollution, boosts the economy, and generally provides returns on investment unparalleled by any other form of transport.
“But these benefits won’t come about just through a bit of training and encouragement. All the research shows that most people won’t cycle unless they have the conditions to do it in that are safe and, just as importantly, in which they feel safe – especially if they have a family.
“That takes real and sustained investment.
It can be done – but it takes political will.
“So far Scotland’s politicians have done the bare minimum to invest in cycling. We need you to come out and tell your elected representatives that’s not good enough.”
Pedal on Parliament’s demands include:
- Proper funding for cycling (5% of the transport budget & 10% for active travel overall).
- Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
- Slower speeds where people live, work and play
- Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
- Improved road traffic law and enforcement
- Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
- A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
- Improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy
Last Spring we reported how record numbers of cyclists turned out for the annual event, with thousands of cyclists campaign for greater investment in active travel by taking part in mass bike rides across Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The annual event was said by organisers to have been the biggest yet.
Participants were calling for 10 per cent of the Scottish Government’s transport budget to be invested in active travel. The Edinburgh part of the demonstration was led by the Fife Talking Tandems, a group that pairs visually-impaired stokers with sighted captains. Political party leaders Kezia Dugdale, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie also took part, along with Transport Minister Derek Mackay.
Speaking at the subsequent rally outside the Parliament building in Edinburgh, one of the organisers, Denise Marshall, said: “The funding increases we’ve seen are not enough – every day I experience close passes because people are human – we need to follow Sweden and introduce a goal of no deaths on the roads.”
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.