Were you there in 2012? When thousands of people gathered on their bikes and literally pedalled on parliament to call for safer cycle conditions?
The POP Scotland folk have a manifesto, which sets in detail out what the Scottish Government needs to do to make our roads safe for cyclists, but in summary it’s this:
- 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
And although the 2012 ride certainly got politicians attention, the organisers set out why they still need lot’s of people to turn out for the 2013 ride here, where they sum everything up when they say: “Pedal on Parliament is all about putting the pressure on to give the politicians the will to make real changes.”
Last year Greener Leith organised a “feeder ride” to make it easy for people to get to the start point in the Meadows on a relatively safe, mostly traffic free route. It was fun, and the sun shone.
This year, we’re doing it again. And hopefully the sun will shine again too.
So, we’d really love it if you’d join us. This year we’re planning to meet-up on Leith Links, outside the Cricket Club, at 1.30pm – so that we can avail ourselves of the hugely improved Lochend path network.
We’ll then go through Lochend Park, and over to Holyrood Park and on to the Meadows. Sadly, it’s almost impossible to get to the Meadows without travelling on a busy road at some point and this route minimises the amount of time we need to spend on main roads. However, if you do bring young children please factor this in.
Lastly, we should point out that the ride ends at the Holyrood Parliament. We can’t undertake to get you back to Leith in one big group, as by the time we get there it’s likely that we’ll all be lost in the throng. You will of course be able to retrace the route in your own time though.
If you can’t make the Pedal on Parliament ride you can still be awesome, by writing to your MSP to encourage them to back the POP Scotland manifesto.