Edinburgh backs more cycling investment

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72% of respondents agree they’d like to see people out and about on bikes

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Two thirds (62%) reported that more people riding bikes would make the capital a better place to live and work

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Three quarters (74%) of Edinburgh residents want more spent on cycling

21 October 2015

There is a huge appetite among Edinburgh residents for a greater share of national and local transport budgets to be invested in cycling, according to a pioneering new report we've commissioned with The City of Edinburgh Council.

 The message from the Edinburgh Bike Life survey is absolutely clear: the capital’s residents want to see more people choosing to travel by bike, and they want to see government – national and local – investing more to make this a reality.

-  Kate Campbell, Deputy Director of Sustrans Scotland
Three quarters (74%) of Edinburgh residents want more spent on cycling, according to the survey. The average amount people in Edinburgh would like to see invested from national and local transport budgets in cycling is £23 per person per year.

Edinburgh residents want more people cycling

The research also found perceptions of bikes are overwhelmingly positive:

  • 72% of respondents agree they’d like to see people out and about on bikes
  • Two thirds (62%) reported that more people riding bikes would make the capital a better place to live and work  

The figures come from the ground-breaking Bike Life Survey, which has recorded the views of thousands of people across Edinburgh and six other UK cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Greater Manchester and Newcastle.

The method is based on the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, which helped to make Denmark’s capital one of the world’s most bike-friendly and ‘liveable’ cities. The exercise will be repeated in 2017 to chart changes in travel habits and opinions.

Commenting, Kate Campbell, Deputy Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Government is right to continue to increase investment in cycling. The City of Edinburgh Council – with its commitment to spend 8% of its transport budget on cycling alone this year – is leading the way in Scotland at the local authority level.”

“Big strides are being made, but there’s still much to do. Our politicians can rest assured that they have the backing of the public to do more to enable people to choose healthy, clean and cheap journeys by getting on a bike.”

Transport Convener, Cllr Lesley Hinds, said:

“The results of Edinburgh’s Bike Life report make for very interesting reading, demonstrating the rapidly increasing interest in cycling amongst city residents. To this end, the Council is committed to invest in infrastructure for cyclists, and we are delighted to be delivering several major cycling projects this year.

“We wouldn’t be able to carry much of these improvements out without the support of organisations like Sustrans though, and we will continue to work closely with partners to develop the city’s growing cycle network and to promote the health and environmental benefits of cycling to the public.” 

Check out the Edinburgh Bike Life report and key findings.

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