Scotland should be a place where everyone has access to excellent cycling and walking paths. Travelling by walking and cycling means reduced pollution and carbon emissions, and brings benefits for our physical and mental health. The increase in cycling we witnessed during the Covid-19 restrictions must be maintained, by investing in infrastructure.
On our roads today, Car is King. Public spending and public space prioritise the car, at the expense of all other transport modes. 66% of all trips are made by car, and often people do not feel it is safe or convenient to walk or cycle. Only 1% of trips are made by bike in Scotland, compared with 27% in the Netherlands. A big reason for this is the lack of segregated cycle lanes. Scotland’s cycle paths are not joined up in a safe, comfortable network of paths spanning core parts of towns and cities. The Scottish Government allocates a budget of £80million, in a total transport budget of £2 billion, on walking and cycling paths. This is nowhere near the levels of investment we need to change our transport system.
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