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Scottish parliament filmed as it hears how to boost cyclist numbers

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, Spokes and CTC Scotland have also urged MSPs to introduce a 20mph speed limit across the country.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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