Responding to new figures from Transport Scotland which show that cycling makes up just 1% of all journeys, despite an SNP Government target for it to account for 10% by 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
"Boosting the number of people cycling would be a win-win for Scotland but the percentage of journeys taken by bike has barely shifted since the flagship target was set in 2009. It will be a gigantic uphill struggle to meet the Scottish Government's target of 10% of all journeys to be made by bike by 2020.
"It is time to move up the gears. As well as increasing the share of the transport budget that is spent on cycling and active transport, the Scottish Government must ensure that safe provision for cyclists and pedestrians is built into the transport system and that people are equipped and feel confident to cycle from an early age. Countries across Europe have shown this is possible.
"As well as tackling obesity and easing congestion on roads, this would help meet Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets and reduce air pollution."
Notes to editors
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson first announced the target in 2009, stating that it was "an ambitious target but one I believe is achievable". In 2009, 0.9% of all journeys were taken by bike compared to 1.2% today.