Scotland on the brink of a cycling revolution

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Transport Scotland figures show pedal cycle traffic increased by 3% in 2016 to 352 million vehicle kilometres

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2nd March 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

A cycling charity is heralding the start of a pedal-powered revolution in Scotland.

Statistics released by Transport Scotland that show pedal cycle traffic increased by 3% in 2016 to 352 million vehicle kilometres.

Over the past five years, air, rail and ferry passengers, car traffic and cycle traffic have all increased, but bus use has seen a decrease.

Cycling UK believes this trend for cycling in Scotland will continue, as more people recognise it as a convenient, low-cost everyday transport.

There will also be a likely boost from the Scottish Government’s recent financial commitment to increase cycling and walking; in September 2017, the government announced it was going to double the annual level of funding for active travel to £80 million.

This works out as £13.50 per head, compared to £6.50 per head in England, and between £3 and £5 per head in Wales.

Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK’s head of development for Scotland, said: “We hope that this increase is just the start of a cycling revolution in Scotland; it’s a result of many years of work from campaigners, cycling organisations and Transport Scotland to make cycling a safe and attractive mode of transport for everyday journeys.

“Cycling UK looks forward to working with partners, as well as communities across Scotland to support more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling.”