Protesters cycled and marched through Edinburgh’s streets before making their way to the Scottish Parliament as they called for increased funding for active travel, better bike infrastructure, and lower speed limits near homes, workplaces and play areas.
The Pedal on Parliament campaign is now in its 10th year. Sally Hinchcliffe, a founding member, said: “There are far too many roads and junctions that the average person just wouldn’t dream of cycling on.
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“Compared to other countries, we have a long way to go. It isn’t only the Netherlands that is cycle-friendly. We are seeing countries across the world investing in greater cycle infrastructure, in both urban and rural areas.”
Alex Robertson, main organiser of this year’s event, said it was important to send a message to politicians ahead of the local elections on May 5.
“I ride with my kids and I want to feel safe with them cycling with me and for them to have the freedom to access our wonderful city when they’re able to cycle independently,” he said.
Lorraine McIntosh, of Infrasisters, which campaigns for safe infrastructure, said 90 per cent of women surveyed had either experienced or feared being assaulted or threatened. “We’re asking for separate road space that’s integrated and physically protected and national guidelines for road design that prioritises the safety of vulnerable road users.”