Green MSP repeats call for cycling step-change

Green MSP, Alison Johnstone, has repeated calls for a step-change in funding for cycling in the wake of further tragedies on the road.

Recent weeks have seen the deaths of two Edinburgh-based cyclists, Douglas Brown and Andrew McMenigall, both killed by trucks while on their bikes.

Ms Johnstone said: “My heart goes out to the families and friends of both men who have died doing something that they clearly both loved. Although both tragedies took place in very different places, the common theme is that both were victims of a transport system which treats cyclists as second-class citizens.

“At the moment the Scottish Government spends a minuscule 0.7 per cent of its transport budget on cycling and walking infrastructure. If we are remotely serious about hitting the target of having ten per cent of all journeys made by bike by 2020 – the current rate is just one per cent – we need a substantial shift in funding.”

Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News