Scottish Election: Cycling for everyone

On 6 May, Scotland went to the polls to elect a new government. Thank you to everyone who took part in our action, helping us secure significant commitments to active travel in party manifestos and pledges of support for cycling from many MSP candidates.
What do the election results mean for cycling?

It’s time for politicians to move up the gears and commit more funding and effort to promote cycling and active travel, so that more people can cycle for pleasure and everyday short journeys wherever they live.

In the run up to the election, we asked MSP candidates to pledge their support for three asks to make sure cycling is for everyone in Scotland:

  • Increasing investment in active travel (cycling, walking and wheeling) to at least 10% of the transport budget.
  • Creating an active travel network for Scotland based on a national plan, to ensure safe cycling and walking routes are accessible to all, and connect people with the places they need to go. 
  • Enabling people in rural communities to cycle as an alternative to using the car for everyday journeys.

Thanks to your support, there are now 30 MSPs who have pledged to support cycling for everyone, while our work in the run up to the election helped secure positive manifesto promises to invest more money in cycling. Find out what the results mean for cycling.

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The core message of our campaign was that cycling should be for everyone, not just for sport, for the fit, or for men, but action is needed from politicians to make that a reality everywhere. This is a message we'll be carrying forward and taking to the next Scottish Government.

Scotland’s Cycling and Sustainable Travel Hustings

Cycling UK in Scotland and Pedal on Parliament hosted Scotland’s Cycling and Sustainable Travel Hustings on 20 April, giving supporters the opportunity to question the transport spokespersons for the five main parties at Holyrood about their party’s policies for cycling and sustainable transport in Scotland. 

Watch the recording of the hustings to find out what the parties said.