Cyclists tell Scottish Government to 'Get on Yer Bike!'

Scottish cyclists today gathered outside St Andrews House in Edinburgh to call on the Scottish Government to invest in cycling and walking and low carbon transport, and fully fund their own plans to meet Scotland's climate change targets.

The action was supported by cycling ace Chris Boardman MBE, Britain's most successful cyclist to date, although he wasn't able to be in Scotland for the event.

Chris Boardman said:

"It's great to see that so many people in Scotland are enthusiastic about cycling as a low carbon form of transport.  We all have a responsibility to help tackle global warming and this is a clean, healthy way to help reduce our carbon emissions.

"To get people on their bikes, and make sure Scotland plays its part in addressing climate change, there needs to be proper investment in cycling infrastructure."

Tom Ballantine, Chair of event organiser Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:

"The government must now step up and fully fund all of the measures set out in its own plans to meet our climate change targets, the Low Carbon Scotland Report on Proposals and Policies.

"In particular the government needs to reverse cuts to funding for cycling and walking in the 2012/2013 budget and instead invest in sustainable, low carbon transport, which is why so many people have turned up here today."

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

  1. This event is part of a week of action to call on the Scottish Government to fully fund cycling and walking measures in the Scottish Budget, which will be passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2012.
  2. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse, growing coalition of organisations campaigning on climate change. The SCCS Coalition has 60 Scottish members, representing more than 2 million supporters, ranging from environment and development groups to faith organisations, trade unions, student societies, care providers and many more.

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