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Scottish campaigners push for doubling of govt cycling budget…

… and they may get it too

Spokes the Lothian cycle campaign has lead calls on the Scottish government to dramatically increase its spending on cycling provision in Scotland.

Opposition parties have backed their call and when Scots Finance Minister John Swinney appears before the Scottish Parliament's Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee there is a strong feeling that he will agree to increasing spending on cycling.

In support of their case Spokes point out that Scotland is falling well behind other European countries in its provision for cyclists. Bikes are used for just 1% of journeys in Scotland, compared to 10% in Germany, 18% in Denmark and 27% in the Netherlands.

They also acussed the Scottish government of talking up cycling while not doing anything to actually support it. 

Cycling currently accounts for 1 per cent of the Scottish transport budget. Scotland's proposed roads budget for 2009-10 is £1064m up by £134m on 2008-09. Spokes are asking for this to be increased to 2 per cent, £20m. The central thrust of their campaign is that money spent on cycle training is wasted money if Scottish roads remain forbidding places for new cyclists to use.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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