Thousands of cyclists pedalled to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to demand that politicians do all they can to make Scotland a cycle-friendly nation.
Pedal on Parliament poster

On Saturday 28 April, a crowd of around 3,000 cyclists rang their bike bells and horns loudly and began the Pedal on Parliament [2] ride from the Meadows to Holyrood.

Leading the charge was Mark Beaumont, the CTC member and round the world cyclist and adventurer, who rode the route with a handmade banner calling for a cycle-friendly Scotland.

As far as the eye could see, thousands of cyclists filled the whole of both George IV Bridge and High Street.

One of the organisers of Pedal on Parliament [2] Dave Brennan, who is also a CTC member, said: "Originally we’d hoped that 300 cyclists might show up – in the end, ten times that number cared enough to come out on the day.

"We’re overwhelmed by the response and it just shows the depth of feeling there is in this country, especially among families. There is clearly still a long way to go but today has shown our politicians that Scots want Scotland to be a cycle-friendly nation. Now it’s up to them to act on the proposals we’ve set out in our manifesto."

Today has shown our politicians that Scots want Scotland to be a cycle-friendly nation."

Dave Brennan

Pedal on Parliament have created an eight point manifesto to help Scotland’s devolved government reach its target of 10% of journeys by bike by 2020, a target which is now also embedded in its low carbon and obesity strategies.

Pedal on Parliament believe the Scottish Government’s present Cycling Action Plan [CAPS] is far too limited to achieve the target, whilst the proportion of the transport budget allocated to cycling remains wholly inadequate at under 1%.

The Pedal on Parliament Manifesto [3] covers:

  •     Proper funding for cycling.
  •     Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
  •     Slower speeds where people live, work and play
  •     Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
  •     Improved road traffic law and enforcement
  •     Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
  •     A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
  •     Improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy

CTC Scotland [4] support Pedal on Parliament [2].

The ride might be over, but you can still sign their petition [5].