Scottish Government urged to boost investment in cyclingPublished 27 September 2016 by Jamie Wylie
Transform Scotland today signed a letter to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP to call for more investment in cycling and cycle infrastructure.
The letter, signed by a number of third sector organisations, was sent in response to the recent statistics published by the Scottish Government which showed that journeys made by bike in Scotland have fallen to 1.2%.
The statistics show that the Scottish Government has a long way to go to meet the target of having 10% of journeys made by bike by 2020. To meet this target, we have urged Derek Mackay to invest more heavily in cycling, which currently only receives 1.8% of the transport budget.
To help meet this target, we want to see 10% of the Scottish transport budget being allocated to cycling. This would greatly increase cycling rates across Scotland, and will bring a range of benefits, including improved public health, reduced air pollution and congestion in towns and cities, as well as taking much-needed action on Scotland’s transport emissions.
To read the letter in full, see here.