More than 8,000 people from around the world got on their bikes on Sunday, 8 September 2019, to celebrate Pedal for Scotland’s last ride.
With participants ranging in age from a nine month-old (on a tag-along) to an 82-year old, riders completed more than 325,000 miles.
2019 marked the 20th anniversary of Pedal for Scotland, which has grown from 425 participants in 1999, delivering an estimated £1.1m for the Scottish economy every year.
The closed-road Glasgow-Edinburgh ride has created a legacy for cycling in Scotland:
- Health impact - thousands of people have been inspired to take up cycling or cycle more often in training for the event.
- Charity fundraising - participants have raised millions of pounds for good causes, most recently tackling child poverty. This year, event organiser Cycling Scotland joined forces with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), SAMH (the Scottish Association of Mental Health), Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and the STV Children’s Appeal in an effort to encourage friends, families and colleagues to get on their bikes and set a new fundraising record.
- Funding impact - large amounts of value-in-kind and sponsorship to the sector, for example advertising on STV that helped to promote cycling nationally.
- Diversity of participants - people of all ages and abilities have pedalled for Scotland, including celebrities, Government Ministers, refugees and charity fundraisers.
- Inspiring cycling events - across Scotland there are now more mass participation cycling events of different types with greater public awareness than ever before.
- More people cycle - cycling has become more popular since the first Pedal for Scotland in 1999, at least doubling. In Scotland, more people now cycle than play football.
From 2020, Pedal for Scotland will evolve into shorter, local and free events in an effort to help more people enjoy cycling, regardless of income.