Speaking during a Scottish Government statement on cycling in Scotland, in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles told MSPs that not enough had been done to deliver on promises to give every school pupil access to cycle training in Scotland.
The North East MSP said: “The Scottish Government has a lot of unfulfilled promises when it comes to increasing the number of journeys made by bicycle in Scotland.
“The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed a Liberal Democrat amendment in October 2017 stating that every school pupil should have the opportunity to benefit from cycle training. At the time, the transport minister promised to double the active travel budget and to deliver the scheme to every school in Scotland.
“But the figures are going in completely the wrong direction and at least a third of children have no access to cycle training whatsoever.
“Encouraging people to cycle is good for the environment and good for the health of the country. The Secretary for Transport must redouble his efforts to deliver cycle training and deliver the Scottish Government’s promise, so that not a single pupil misses out.”
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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