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.
On our roads today, Car is King. 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 last year only spent £40 million of its £2 billion transport budget on walking and cycling paths. Meanwhile it poured £967 million into building new roads and motorways.
We are members of We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote, a diverse umbrella organisation made up of health and environmental organisations working together on active travel. Find out more about We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote