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Associate Feature: Time to deliver local cycling revolutions

Associate Feature: Time to deliver local cycling revolutions

Low carbon revolutions Cycling is the original zero carbon transport technology and still the most efficient form of transport ever. What’s more, it was invented…

Tuesday, Apr 26

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Low carbon revolutions
Cycling is the original zero carbon transport technology and still the most efficient form of transport ever. What’s more, it was invented in Scotland in 1839 by blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan who lived near Dumfries.

During COP26 in Glasgow there was much talk of electric vehicles as the future of travel, but the experts are clear that we can’t get to net zero without reducing car use (electric and fossil fuel powered) and that means finding alternative means of transport.

As Scotland embarks on a low carbon revolution, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, although since the humble bicycle’s invention its design has diversified massively. There’s a bike to suit everyone and every need – from balance bikes for bairns to cargo bikes for business, adaptive bikes for disabled people to hybrids for commuters.

People want to cycle, and they want safe road space to cycle on. A YouGov survey we recently commissioned found that 61% of people in Scotland support redesigning the streets to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists – only 28% oppose. A majority supports more separated cycle lanes being built in their local areas.

Local revolutions
In the first year of the pandemic there was a 47% rise in the number of people cycling. Since then we have seen positive commitments for active travel from all parties at Holyrood, and announcements for record funding and new policies. Scotland is at last in a great place to move up the gears and deliver […]

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