Village residents asked for traffic calming measures on street where 8-year-old killed while riding her bike
Residents of a street in a village near Glasgow where an eight year old girl was killed in a collision with a bus yesterday have spoken of how their calls for the local authority to introduce traffic calming measures had gone unheeded.
Amber Cameron died at the scene of the incident, which took place at 10.55 yesterday morning in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, close to Paisley and two miles southwest of Glasgow Airport. She was off school as a result of the Jubilee bank holiday.
Spokes, Scotland’s leading cycle campaign group which covers Edinburgh and the wider Lothian area, has announced that it is to stop publicising events that require participants to wear a helmet in the face of what it describes as “the creeping growth of semi-compulsion.” The group’s stance regarding making helmets mandatory is in line with that of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RosPA), which says it is impractical to make use of helmets compulsory.
Edinburgh’s plans to stage the Grand Départ of the 2017 Tour de France are taking shape after organisers ASO visited the Scottish capital to hear proposals which include a prologue in the city followed by road stages through the Scottish Borders and into England, with the "overall aim of keeping the Tour in the UK for as long as possible."
Midsummer weekend is a busy time for cycling events, and if you're anywhere near Elgin it just got a bit busier with a new sportive, the Whisky Trail, rolling out from the Moray town on 24 June for a ride past some famous distilleries. Moray is home to over half of Scotland's whisky producers and the rides will roll past world famous malt whisky names such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and The Macallan.
Members of the Scottish Parliament yesterday approved a variety of measures designed to improve the safety of cyclists in the country, including free cycle training for every child and more 20mph zones. The news comes a month ahead of the Pedal on Parliament ride to be held in Edinburgh on Saturday 28 April.
Sustrans Scotland has asked for more space to be given to cyclists on the country’s roads ahead of a Cycling Summit being held in Edinburgh today with participants including Scottish Transport Minister, Keith Brown. The Scottish Green Party, meanwhile, is calling for an urgent redesign of the country’s 50 most dangerous junctions for cyclists.
Edinburgh will play host next month to Pedal on Parliament which will see cyclists, walkers, skateboarders and roller-skaters take to the Scottish capital’s streets to take its manifesto containing eight pledges that campaigners want local and national politicians to endorse to the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland’s Transport Minister, Keith Brown, will meet with road safety campaigners within the next fortnight to discuss the safety of cyclists and discuss what measures can be implemented to help protect riders on the country’s roads. The news follows the death of a cyclist in Edinburgh earlier this week, the second such fatality this year. Meanwhile, cycle campaigners are organising a mass ride in Edinburgh at the end of April to call for action.
A cyclist in Scotland yesterday executed what is claimed to be the UK’s first ever bungee bike by bicycle. The daredevil feat, which saw Adam Flint plunge 40 metres off a bridge above the Pass of Killiecrankie, was timed to take place ahead of today’s leap day and aims to publicise May’s Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival.
Scotland’s Transport Minister, Keith Brown, is urging his fellow Scots to leave the car at home and embrace alternatives such as cycling, walking and public transport in the New Year.
The SNP politician, who represents Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, made the call in his New Year Message, published on the Scottish Government website.
However, Mr Brown has been accused of “breathtaking hypocrisy” by Labour’s transport spokeswoman Elaine Murray.