Walking and Cycling
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.
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