It was heartening to see the Transport Minister, Keith Brown, on his bicycle in the Evening News last week.
However, it comes on top of disproportionate cuts to cycling and walking budgets. The cut, less than one per cent of the transport budget, is astonishing. More money spent on active travel would reduce the burden on our health budget and help cut the congestion that costs business a fortune.
While he advised the hundreds who recently gathered outside Government HQ to argue the case for walking and cycling that cuts are unavoidable, it’s notable that the trunk roads budget has received a huge boost. He’s still determined to supply Edinburgh with more pollution and congestion via a second unnecessary and massively expensive Forth road bridge.
Just think what such a vast sum of money could achieve in terms of pavement improvement, pothole repairs and safe cycle ways.