"Together we will make Scotland a cycle-friendly nation"

The date has been announced for the 2018 Pedal on Parliament.
By Carlton Reid,

The sixth annual Pedal on Parliament will be staged in Scotland at the end of April.

The family-friendly "protest" rides will take place in Edinburgh and Inverness on Saturday 28th April.

"Since the last Pedal on Parliament, we’ve seen significant political movement," said event organisers. This includes the the doubling of the active travel budget announced in this year’s Programme for Government. "

"Even a doubling of the budget isn’t enough to reach the 10 percent of the transport budget that public health experts have asked for  and which is needed if Scotland is to reach its own vision of 10 percent of journeys by bike by 2020," said the event organisers.

"While we’ve been grateful to the transport minister for his political leadership in getting that spending decision made we need to be sure that there’s no backpedalling, and that indeed the spending commitment continues to rise over the medium term."

They added:

"The spending we do have is still sometimes being wasted on sub-standard infrastructure, and is facing serious political backlash from a noisy minority. We need to get out there in force to show the powers that be that cycling can and should be for everyone, from kids on balance bikes to roadies in Lycra, people with disabilities, families, older people – anyone who just wants the freedom to get about on two – or three wheels.

"Over the past six years, together we’ve made a huge difference to the way politicians think about cycling and the funding that’s available. Together we will make Scotland a cycle-friendly nation."