Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today said that additional investment in active travel is needed for the Scottish Government to meet its 2020 cycling target.
The comments come after the Scottish Government announced the creation of a taskforce with the objective to push forward cycling infrastructure across Scotland. Mr Rumbles also commented that plans to cut Air Passenger Duty showed an SNP government prioritising tax cuts for aviation over boosting active travel.
Before the election in May, Scottish Liberal Democrats set out plans for a £20 million investment to boost cycling.
Commenting Mr Rumbles said:
“We saw recently that the proportion of journeys taken by bike fell to just 1.2% in 2015 and now stands lower than what it was in 2011. This shows the challenge facing the Scottish Government if it wants to achieve its 2020 target of 10% of journeys being taken by bike.
“The proposed cut in APD from the SNP is despite the number air passengers increasing by millions in the last five years with a 6% jump in the last year alone.
“It’s a shame that they cannot replicate a jump like that in active travel.
“While a taskforce may sound exciting to the Minister it will do little unless it is backed up by significant additional investment. Without strong leadership in this area there is no way on earth that the 2020 target will be met. Even with a taskforce we will not get anywhere near it.”