This week, I have provided my support for active travel and backed the call for the following:-
- Investment: Provide sustained, long term investment in both cycling and walking, reaching 10% of Scotland's transport budget
- Infrastructure: Build and maintain dedicated cycling infrastructure, enabling people aged 8-80 to cycle
- Safety: Promote and deliver safer roads for both walking and cycling
An allocation of 10% of the total transport budget would improve existing routes and making them safer. This level of funding would bring Scotland more into line with other northern European countries, where there are more trips made on foot or by bike and also, help to reduce air pollution. The promotion of safety on our roads is vital to encouraging more people to cycle. We can give every child in Scotland the opportunity to undertake on-road cycle training and work with cycling groups to do this.
On the 23rd of April, cyclists will be gathering in Edinburgh to call for investment in active travel.