All roads lead to Edinburgh this Sunday (19th May) for Pedal on Parliament (#POP2). The purpose of #POP2 is to raise the profile of cycling with our politicians, whether for sport, leisure or transport. The Scottish Government want to increase the proportion of journeys taken by bicycle to 10% of all journeys yet there is lack of funding and a coherent strategy to achieve this target.
Pedal on Parliament has developed a list of demands to improve the experience of cycling in Scotland and in particular improve safety for cyclists and other road users. The demands are:
1. Proper funding for cycling.
2. Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
3. Slower speeds where people live, work and play.
4. Integrate cycling into local transport strategies.
5. Improved road traffic law and enforcement.
6. Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians.
7. A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training.
8. Improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy.
Last year's event was attended by around 3000 people and this year organisers hope for an even greater turn out. I hope you can make it.
May the road rise to meet you and your ride be puncture free!