We agree with the primary objective of the LEZs as outlined in the consultation paper. It is important that LEZs align to current policy on improving air quality, and emissions reduction targets
We welcome the inclusion of active travel within the proposed work programme. However, despite this, we understand that sheds and storage containers for bike storage, are/continue to be included in the household development grouping. We feel it is more appropriate for them to be included in the active travel category and are disappointed to note that there are no plans to extend PDRs to storage facilities in front gardens.
The top priorities for STPR2 should include: creating coherent networks of safe, easy to access dedicated cycling infrastructure; improving both walking and cycling access to rail stations and key bus modes to improve connectivity and public transport integration; end the expansion of trunk road capacity and prioritise active and sustainable travel in budget allocations, spending at least 10% of transport budgets on active travel; increasing access to bikes; and long-term, planned funding for pedestrian and toucan crossings, footway and cycleway maintenance to improve local access for all.
This is a joined reponse with partner organisations. The six priorities for Scotland's National Transport Strategy should be: give more space to walking and segregated cycling; end new road building and prioritise active and sustainable travel; deliver affordable and integrated public transport; planning for better land use; support behaviour change; and improve access to bikes.
We welcome the vision set out in the National Transport Strategy. We welcome the inclusion of the Sustainable Transport Hierarchy and the focus to embed this in decision-making within the Strategy. It is important that the transport system meets the needs of everyone who needs to use it, while at the same time addressing some of the major challenges facing society, such as climate change, poor(er) health and wellbeing outcomes, and issues of equality.
As a member of the Road Maintenance Stakeholder Group we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the views on pre-budget/financial scrutiny on roads maintenance in Scotland.
Cycling Scotland believes adults should be free to decide whether to wear a helmet whilst cycling and that parents or guardians are responsible for deciding if their children wear helmets.
The objectives in the consultation conflict with each other. We welcome that the key objective is safety and a focus on criminal and legal clarity. However, to “wish to remove any unnecessary blocks which might delay the benefits of driving automation to mobility and productivity” assumes that there are only benefits to automated vehicles when the potential downsides, such as inefficient use of road space from more vehicles, compared to public transport, should also be taken into account.
Traffic speed and concerns over safety are two of the main barriers to people cycling. 20 mph can help to improve safety for people cycling and all road users. The Bill must be supported by effective enforcement and driver education and awareness raising, as well as speed reduction, to achieve the required level of culture and behaviour change whereby 20 mph becomes the norm in built-up areas.
We welcome the prohibition of parking on pavements and double parking, and, through associated secondary legislation, of dropped kerb parking, recognising the important contribution this will have on improving the safety of vulnerable road users, particularly people cycling and walking. Enforcement of parking restrictions must be thorough across the country.
We welcome the ambition in the Bill to work towards net-zero emissions. The role of cycling and active travel should be recognised as zero-carbon option to help deliver the current targets and the aspiration for a net-zero emissions future.
We welcome the new arrangements for public health in Scotland and note reference to the six public health priorities as the underlying principles for this. In particular, we highlight the sixth priority - “A Scotland where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active” - and stress the need for action to be taken on this.