Campaigners pile on the pressure to ensure golden legacy for cycling in Borders

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PEEBLES cyclists gathered round the town’s golden Olympic postbox on Sunday as part of a national campaign, Pedal on Parliament, to promote safer cycling.

The 20 bicycle enthusiasts also called on local politicians to push cycling projects in the region, including the Upper Tweed Railway Paths and AIMUp Innerleithen uplift campaigns.

And they sent postcards to Christine Grahame MSP and Scottish Borders councillors urging them to support the Tweeddale campaigns.

Organiser Laurence Carvalho, who commutes by bicycle to Edinburgh, said: “It was positive and raised awareness even between ourselves about the local campaigns.

“The Peebles event had the biggest turnout relative to the size of the local population.”

The government research scientist said: “There are a few of us who cycle up to Edinburgh and having a safe cycling route to Edinburgh would be great, particularly between Peebles and Leadburn.”

He explained why the cyclists had gather around Peebles’ golden postbox, painted to celebrate Peeblesshire show jumper Scott Brash’s Olympic success.

He said: “The event was organised around the golden postboxes in Scotland to keep up the pressure for a real golden legacy for cycling after the Olympics and Paralympics.

“The fact that so many local young riders from the Scottish Borders are in the British Cycling development squad highlights the value of having great local biking facilities.”

Some of the group also hoped to gain more support for the building of a local BMX park.