Saturday saw 3,000 cyclists – including round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont – join a mass bike ride in Edinburgh for Pedal on Parliament which was jointly organised by Cycling Dumfries’s co-ordinator, Sally Hinchcliffe
Among them were several faces from Dumfries, including Cycling Dumfries treasurer and CTC secretary Mike Gray, seen here with Hendrik Kant of the Dumfries and Galloway CTC group.
Other D&G faces spotted in the crowd were John and Rosie Rutherford from Cycling Dumfries and Paul Buxton from the Moffat area – and at least one set of Dumfries road club kit. It was heartening to see support coming from this corner of Scotland as well as across the nation.
The ride was in support of safer cycling and at the end, a petition was handed over to representatives of four parties: Jim Eadie for the government, Sarah Boyack for Labour, Councillor Gordon McKenzie for the LibDems and Alison Johnstone for the Green party. Unfortunately the Conservative MSP who had intended to come had another engagement.
Panoramic shot of the assembled crowd by Mike Gray
Pedal on Parliament has an eight-point manifiesto for safer cycling including more spending on cycling infrastructure, better design, safer speeds and more training for all road users. You can find out more about it here – and sign the petition (which will be formally lodged with Parliament in a couple of weeks) here.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to turn out – and don’t forget that there are local elections on Thursday where you can also make your voice heard.