Scotland

Updated Cycle Action Plan for Scotland unveiled

The Scottish Government yesterday unveiled its updated Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS 2013), three years after the original version was published in 2010. Like its predecessor, the new plan calls for 10 per cent of journeys in the country to be made by bicycle by 2020.

Fresh appeal for witnesses to Aberdeen assault that left cyclist with serious facial injuries

Police in Scotland have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to a road rage incident in Aberdeen last week in which a cyclist received serious facial injuries.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, is still in hospital recovering from the injuries he sustained during the attack, which took place last Friday 14 June at 08.3am on Auchinyell Road, Garthdee.

Officers are seeking to trace an occupant of a white van, described as being similar to a Fiat Doblo [the original witness appeal at the weekend stated it was similar to a Ford Transit – ed].

Scotland's oldest cyclist hangs up his wheels - at 96!

Scotland’s oldest cyclist, 96-year-old Neil Sinclair from St Martins near Perth, says he’s hanging up his wheels, but plans to keep fit by using an exercise bike.

Mr Sinclair, who will be 97 this month, told the Daily Record: “I’ve cycled all my life and it’s kept me fit. But I’ll be 100 in three years time and at my age, I think it’s safer for me to keep off the roads.”

Leisure cycle tourism could be worth nearly £250 million a year to Scottish economy, says report

Leisure cycle tourism couuld be worth nearly £250 million to the Scottish economy each year, according to a new report which says that efforts must be made to brand the country as a “must-visit destination” for the activity.

The report, called The Value of Cycle Tourism, has been published today by transport campaign group Transform Scotland, in partnership with Sustrans Scotland.

2 in 3 Scottish children walk or cycle to school - but cycling levels static since 2008

Two thirds of schoolchildren in Scotland are now travelling to school by sustainable means, according to a survey of over half a million pupils conducted by Sustrans and funded by Transport Scotland – but there has been no significant change in the percentage of children cycling to school over the past five years.

Sir Chris Hoy provokes online ire of some Scottish nationalists with independent Scottish Olympic team comments

Sir Chris Hoy has found himself embroiled in a row with Scottish Nationalist supporters - one of whom branded him a "bigot" according to the Daily Mail following remarks he made in an interview with BBC Radio 5Live earlier this week when he suggested that Scottish athletes might find it more difficult to compete on th

Scotland opens first cycling facility for the disabled

2012 Silver Medal winner Karen Darke has opened Scotland's first disabled cycling facility - and knocked off an inaugural time trial for others to beat in the process.

Highland Cycle Ability Centre today at Cantray, near Cawdor, is an open air track that's a dedicated facility for people with physical and learning disabilities.

Edinburgh councillors to agree £1.2m funding for outdoor velodrome

Edinburgh councillors are on the brink of agreeing a £1.2m deal to open an outdoor cycle track in the city's suburbs, championed by Sir Chris Hoy.

The plans drawn up by City of Edinburgh Council include a concrete outdoor velodrome at Hunters Hall Park, which will also have a 1-kilometre road circuit, and a BMX track may be added in the future.

Work to complete the designs will start next week, including a banked track that can be used by junior and senior club and semi-professional riders, replacing an ageing velodrome at Meadowbank Stadium.

"We're everyone" - thousands descend on Holyrood for second Pedal on Parliament ride

An estimated 4,000 cyclists including former world champion Graeme Obree took to the streets of Edinburgh yesterday for the second Pedal on Parliament ride, some riding from as far afield as Aberdeen to help deliver the campaign’s eight-point manifesto to the Scottish Government’s Minister for climate change and the Environment, Paul Wheelhouse.

Pedal on Parliament 2 on Sunday aims to bring thousands of cyclists out in protest

Just one day to go until Sunday's Pedal on Parliament 2 ride in Edinburgh, led out by the Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree, the families of Audrey Fyfe and Andrew McNicoll, both cyclists killed on Scotland's roads will also be at the front of the ride. The sentence community service sentence recently imposed on the driver who killed Mrs Fyfe has been the subject of intense criticism and both her case and that of Andrew McNicoll illustrate the reasons so many feel a second Pedal on Parliament is needed.

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