We believe these three pledges will transform Scotland for active travel
- Investment: Provide sustained, long term investment in both cycling and walking, reaching 10% of the transport budget.
- Infrastructure: Build and maintain dedicated cycling infrastructure, suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
- Local action: To solve the main local barriers to active travel, as identified by residents and businesses
Investment: A long-term commitment to raise the share of the transport budget spent on active travel over the course of the next local authority election cycle to our target of 10% will give local authority officers the ability to plan, train staff, and make plans to build a cost-effective active transport network. Some local authorities spend almost nothing on active travel, apart from the ringfenced funding for Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets. Others, such as Edinburgh and Dundee have pledged to spend a substantial percentage of their transport budgets on cycling and walking – 10% in Edinburgh and 5% in Dundee. Having seen the progress Edinburgh has made in increasing cycling substantially faster than the rest of Scotland, we hope to see other councils follow suit this year
Infrastructure: Too much infrastructure being built today is inadequate and not fit for the intended purpose of encouraging more walking and cycling and making journeys simple and convenient. Current design guidelines do not reflect international best practice and the legislative framework inhibits innovative and experimental solutions. Councils can make a difference by not using existing guidelines as an excuse to do the bare minimum – but instead reach for the best and most ambitious examples in the UK and beyond
Local action: Over to you! Local authority elections are all about local issues, so here’s where we hope council candidates will listen to residents and find out what’s preventing them from easily walking and cycling – and pledge to sort those barriers out
These three priorities were agreed upon in discussions with members of the National Cycling Interest Group (NCIG), and they were also the top priorities by a long way at a Space for Cycling campaigners’ conference in Scotland in 2015.