A few days ago I was walking around Edinburgh when I saw this sign for Pedal On Parliament. I stopped and had a look at it, but as I don’t currently have a bike I didn’t pay that much attention to it. Then on the 25th of April I started seeing all these bikes going past. My memory being what it is, the penny didn’t drop until someone was blatantly advertising “Pedal On Parliament” on a little flag on the back of their bike. I had obviously just missed a heck of a lot of people on two wheels!
You do see cyclists in Edinburgh, but perhaps not as many as in Seville. You have some cycle paths, but I’d never stopped to think about what would happen if you wanted to, say, leave the Meadows. I would go on leisurely rides if I had a bike but the more I think about it, the more I think I’m not really likely to use it for transport. And it’s not the weather (although sometimes it doesn’t help!) or the slopes. It’s actually the traffic that would stop me from doing it.
So, back to Pedal on Parliament. You can check and see what they’re campaigning for on their website. In a nutshell: the aim is to get the Scottish government to invest in cycling. Sad as this sounds, I actually found myself watching their video and wondering if I have ever seen anyone cycle to school. That would be a negative, I think.
No need to say I’m all in favour, so I shall be keeping a close eye on them from now on!