The Transport Minister has, today, confirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a Liberal Democrat initiative to provide cycling proficiency training for all school pupils in Scotland.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles, in a session of General Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, asked the Minister to guarantee his commitment to the Liberal Democrat amendment that was passed in a debate on Active Travel on 31st October. The Minister told Mr Rumbles that the Scottish Government had doubled the Active Travel budget to £80million, and that part of that money (at least £800,000) would be used to implement universal school cycling training.
Mr Rumbles said: “I welcome the Minister’s assurances today. Too many times in the past the Parliament has passed an amendment only to have it ignored by the Scottish Government.
“It is very good news indeed, that perhaps as early as next year or 2019 every school pupil in Scotland will have access to a bike and cycling training. Not only does the bikeability scheme provide more transport opportunities and access to a healthier travel for our children, it also helps keep them safe on the road.”
Notes for editors:
Motion S5M-08497.1: Mike Rumbles, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 30/10/2017
The Promotion of Active Travel in Scotland
As an amendment to motion S5M-08497 in the name of Humza Yousaf (The Promotion of Active Travel in Scotland), insert at end "; further notes that less than 2% of children cycle to school; considers that equipping people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to cycle from an early age is essential to encouraging them to continue cycling as they get older, and believes that every schoolchild should have the opportunity to benefit from cycle training."
Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/10/2017