In April 2012 3000 cyclists met at The Meadows in Edinburgh and pedalled to Holyrood to deliver our cycling manifesto. We believe that adoption of the manifesto by the Scottish Parliament will help make Scotland a cycle friendly nation, and help them to deliver their goal of 10 percent of journeys by bike, by 2020.

To see the manifesto you can visit http://pedalonparliament.org/the-manifesto/ or see the highlights on one of the videos I made for the event.

Since then very little has happened. In the following budget a mere £6 million was allocated to cycle infrastructure. This is less than 1 percent of the total transport budget, and just goes to show that motorised traffic has the priority in the minds of our politicians.

So I hope I can count on you to join us at the Meadows again, 19th May 3pm. We’ll be going at a slow pace so even those without bikes can come and walk with us. If you would like to see Scotland become a cycle friendly nation and help tackle some of our social ills such as pollution, unsafe roads, obesity and unhealthiness then please support Pedal on Parliament.

4 Responses to “We’re Pedaling Again – 19th May”

  • townmouse says:

    yay! All manifestos should be set to music ….

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  • Alex says:

    So when will cyclist start paying road tax to contribute to the 5% of the transport budget? When will you start paying accident insurance ?
    When will cyclist obey the law and dismount while using pavements and pedestrian crossings and stopping at red lights ? When will cyclists have some form of registration plate so they can be identified when involved in acidents and other incidents ?

    Your demand for 5% of the transport budget to be spent of provision is ridiculous

  • admin says:

    By Road tax I assume you mean Vehicle Excise Duty. The approximately £200 a year that gives you a small paper disk and allows a vehicle to be driven on the public highway? It does not pay for the roads. It doesn’t even come close. Roads are paid out of general taxation from central government and local authorities. My monthly tax bill (if you add up income tax, national insurance, council tax, VAT, and duty on other purchases) comes to over £1000 a month, and you want to quibble over £200 a year? I pay my way towards the roads, but don’t do any where near the damage that motor vehicles do. Does your £200 a year cover the repairs made necessary from the wear you create on the roads?
    Motoring costs our economy far more than what is brought in by taxing it, so as a cyclist I’M subsidising YOU. Have a look at http://ipayroadtax.com for more details.

    Please don’t generalise. Just because you see a few people misbehaving does not mean they are part of a tribe in which every member behaves in the same way. Generalising is a really stupid way to make a point. I obey the law, as do many other people I know who cycle.

    You want us to have registration plates? Do you want the same for pedestrians so they can be identified? Bicycle registration has been tried in various parts of the world and has always been found to cost more than it is worth.

    Regarding accident insurance, I already pay it. Assumption is the mother of all cock ups, and your assumption is wrong. Also, many cyclists are members of CTC or British cycling which includes 3rd party insurance. Get your facts straight.

    5% is a tiny percentage that will pay huge dividends. Next time you’re stuck in a traffic jam, imagine if all those around you who are travelling fewer than 5 miles were instead cycling on a segregated path away from your road. How much smaller would the jam be? If your journey is shorter than 5 miles you’d do well to enjoy the financial savings and health benefits that come from cycling it rather than driving. Proper cycling infrastructure benefits everyone, including those who need to use their cars.

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