We asked people across Scotland about their attitudes and behaviours towards cycling. Here you will find a summary of our research results.
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.
The Annual Cycling Monitoring Report 2018 builds upon previous editions and delivers on Action 18 of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland. It also highlights progress on the Long Term Vision for Active Travel, supports the National Walking Strategy and the implementation of the 2017 Programme for Government,
Implementing the second year of our new Strategy 2017–22, our focus has remained resolutely on our charitable mission to create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere can cycle safely and easily.
Our Pedal for Scotland souvenir issue, including a picture special, winter cycling tips and the Glen Trool circular route.
Scotland continues to face a significant challenge in terms of vehicle emissions and there is a clear need to address these both as a significant contributor to climate change and as a public health issue. Cycling has an important role to play with regards to addressing climate change issues in transport, as a zero-carbon option.
The three key strategic outcomes outlined in the strategy will continue to be relevant over the coming decades. The one thing which needs to change substantially now in transport is to change the current focus away from cars (and other light motorised vehicles) as the default option, and instead re-focus on cycling and active travel as a real and positive alternative, particularly for short journeys.
Poorly parked vehicles can force pedestrians into the road. They can inhibit the independence of many vulnerable people and be particularly dangerous for older people, for families with pushchairs and for those with visual or mobility impairments.
Cycling Scotland exists to get more people cycling, ensuring health, economic and social inequalities are addressed as a result. We do this by leading and facilitating the design and delivery of high-quality programmes to enable and encourage increased cycling by anyone, anywhere in Scotland.
Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2017