From Sara Dorman at Polwarth Parish Church:
If you have concerns about the impact of transport planning on our environment, health and communities, you might like to know about Pedal on Parliament on 26 April http://pedalonparliament.org/
This will be our third year of protesting the Scottish Government’s inadequate commitment to making Scotland safe for active travel. Currently about 1% of the national transport budget is allocated to cycling, despite government targets to promote it. POP’s manifesto argues that if we want to get everyone cycling – not just the super-fit and the commuters – we need safer infrastructure and planning. We also want to ensure that cycle infrastructure doesn’t put cyclists into conflicts with pedestrians.
Pedal on Parliament isn’t just for people who already take their chances on the roads, but for all those of you who wish that you felt able to take your kids out for a ride, fetch your messages, or ride into work, but find the environment too hostile and threatening.
Lots of MSPs and councillors have confirmed that they will be attending – this is our chance to send them a clear message. If you can’t come, please email them (www.writetothem.com is easiest) and tell them why it matters to you.
Please do join us on 26 April – we’ll leave the Meadows at Noon, but there are feeder rides coming in from lots of different places, which you’d be welcome to join.
If anyone has questions, concerns, or would like leaflets and posters to distribute, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org (Polwarth Parish Church, Edinburgh)