Edinburgh Southern MSP Jim Eadie, and Lothians MSP Alison Johnstone will tomorrow (Thursday 6th December) meet with Finance Secretary John Swinney to put the case for a step change in levels of funding for cycling infrastructure.
Against a background of public concern over safety for cyclists on our roads, the MSPs who together convene the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Cycling, will argue that ambitious government targets on the number of journeys which should be made by bike will be missed, unless there is extra funding to match.
Alison Johnstone said:
“Investment in cycling infrastructure brings significant benefits in terms of both health and the environment. The Netherlands and Denmark are great examples of cycle friendly countries and have shown what can be achieved if governments put their money where their mouths are”.
Jim Eadie said:
“If the Scottish Government is to achieve its 2020 target, we need a step change in cycling investment. Cycling brings greater direct benefits to the economy compared to spending on roads. That’s just one reason why now is the time to increase investment in cycling”.