Politicians pay tribute to National Cycle Network

woman cycling in Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament marks the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network with debate

17 September 2015

Members of the Scottish Parliament have marked the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network with a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The Network connects Scotland’s communities and comes within 500 metres of 41% of Scotland’s population.

Last year it is estimated that there were 121 million trips on the Network on foot and bike.

Commenting, Jim Eadie MSP, who secured the Members’ debate, said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the National Cycle Network in Scotland on its 20th birthday. The Network is a fantastic asset. It connects Scotland’s communities, while making it easier for people to choose healthier, cleaner journeys every day.

“With an estimated 121 million trips having been made on the Network last year alone, it’s clear that there is a demand safe and attractive walking and cycling routes. In the years ahead, we need to see sustained investment in active travel to ensure the momentum continues.”

John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland National Director, said:

“It’s great to see the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network being marked with a debate in the Scottish Parliament. We welcome the great contributions from politicians from all of Scotland’s political parties.

“The Network delivers massive benefits for the health of the nation, the environment and the economy. With continued support from Scotland’s politicians, we can make sure the Network and the benefits it delivers continue to grow in the future.”

The National Cycle Network was created in 1995 after Sustrans received a grant from the newly launched National Lottery. In the 20 years since, the Network has grown to over 2,500 miles in Scotland, with the support of successive Scottish Governments, local authorities and other partners.

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