13 January 2012
350 Cyclists Gather To Tell Government To Reconsider Active Travel Budget Cuts
On Wednesday, the ‘Get On Yer Bike’ event was held by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. This is a collation of transport and community groups, as well as environmental charities including WWF Scotland. It was initiated after the Scottish Government released its draft 2012-13 budget.
The draft budget indicates an increase in transport spending from £1804m in 2011-12 to £1884m in 2012-13. However, there is a cut to the amount spent on active travel (to less than £16m). Figures like these go against the SNP 2011 election manifesto promise to increase the proportion of transport spending on active and sustainable travel. So walking activists and cyclists across the city were forced to protest against these cuts.
“We are so impressed with the turn out,” said Kate Pearson, from WWF Scotland. “Despite being a work-day and during the lunch hour, this amount of support demonstrates how people feel about the cuts.
“If we are ever to tackle obesity and public health, as well as meet Scotland's climate change targets, we need to take action today. Cuts to budgets make us question whether we are on track.”
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