2016 Scottish Parliament elections manifesto

walking and cycling in scotland
10 June 2015

Last night we helped launch a manifesto for the 2016 Parliamentary Elections to the Scottish Parliament, entitled “Scotland on the Move”.

Ahead of the 2016 Holyrood elections, Sustrans and its partners - Paths for All, Cycling Scotland, Transform Scotland, CTC Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, Ramblers Scotland - plan to use the manifesto to start a national conversation on transport, health and the role of walking and cycling in Scotland.

The manifesto aims to elevate walking and cycling beyond party-politics to the ‘must-do’ seen as sensible, joined up thinking by all mainstream political parties.

The manifesto has five steps to active travel. These are:

  1. Linking Communities: creating segregated bicycle lanes in all towns and cities, consolidating the NCN, developing Community Links and better funding for maintenance.
  2. Making Towns and Cities people friendly: 20mph as the normal speed limit on shopping and residential streets, low emission zones in all built up areas, and the creation of a town centre fund.
  3. Enabling Children and Young People to Travel Actively: zero tolerance of speeding and bad driving, traffic exclusion zones around schools, Bikeability training on-road for all P6 classes, bicycle libraries, and a national walking programme.
  4. Making Walking and Cycling easy for everyone: active travel hubs at all transport interchanges, cycle hire schemes in all cities, and ensuring all major employers have active travel plans.
  5. Making roads safer for people on foot and bicycle: a vision zero for road fatalities, public consultation on policing plans for road safety, walking and cycling friendly roads in rural areas, and giving communities a greater say in how their streets are used.

We’re giving Scotland’s political parties the tools they need in order to deliver the national policies that are aimed at making Scotland more active, healthy and less carbon emitting: Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, National Walking Strategy and Long Term Vision for Active Travel 2030.

Find out more about our work to influence policy makers in Scotland.