Saturday 28th April saw me taking part in the Pedal on Parliament ride in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event was a sort of gentle protest ride across the city of Edinburgh, starting in a large park known as The Meadows, then heading up to the Royal Mile and down to the Scottish Parliament buildings to hand in a petition asking for a better deal for Scottish cyclists. Pedal on Parliament’s manifesto includes 8 key points:
1) Proper funding for cycling.
2) Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
3) Safer speeds where people live, work and play
4) Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
5) Sensible road traffic law and enforcement
6) Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
7) A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
8) Solid research on cycling to support policy-making
Between 2500 and 3500 cyclists took part, a huge number for such an event in Edinburgh. Even the weather turned out sunny although a touch on the cold side. Of course, I just had to make a wee video of the event, Pugsley on Patrol 99 – Pedal on Parliament. Already looking forwards to next years run, if there is one. Of course, the Pugsley attracted a lot of attention and makes an excellent video camera platform.
Feature image by Steven Sutterby.