Last year, Pedal on Parliament brought 3000 cyclists onto the streets of Edinburgh to call for safer cycling conditions across Scotland. So far, despite some warm words from politicians, not much has changed – so they will be doing it all over again.
This time ‘POP2’ will take place on May 18th at 3pm. Cyclists will gather at the Meadows for a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died on the roads, and then ride down to Holyrood to deliver a copy of their manifesto for safer cycling.
Last year, a number of Dumfries cyclists (including Cycling Dumfries members) joined the crowd – and one of the POP organisers is Cycling Dumfries coordinator Sally Hinchcliffe. This year, it would be great if we could get an even bigger contingent organised from Dumfries and Galloway. Whether cycling the whole way (not so far fetched as you might think – two hardy souls cycled down from Aberdeen last year) or perhaps organising a convoy of cars and bike racks or even a minibus.
Edinburgh might seem far away but national events like POP really matter for local cycling. Pretty much everything Dumfries has done for cycling in the town has been funded through national government, whether the Smarter Choices money, Sustrans, or the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets ringfenced funding. If spending levels are cut (as almost happened last year, triggering the first POP) then Dumfries’s cycling network won’t see any improvement in the foreseeable future. Keeping up the pressure for more funding, better design and slower speeds can only help Dumfries catch up with its counterparts in the rest of Europe.
If you’d like to be a part of this then please let us know – whether you’re Dumfries based or not.
There’s now a brilliant trailer …