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Welcome To Spokes

Welcome to the online home of Spokes, the Lothian Cycle CampaignContinue reading Welcome To Spokes

Budget : more cash needed – but not yet!

Once again, the Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee has urged more cycling cash – but once again they have bottled out of saying where in the current budget it should come from.  They even want a ‘step change’ in funding – but in future years.  However, the 16/17 budget is still far from final, and our “politically realistic 1% proposal” is now being widely discussed… Continue reading Budget : more cash needed – but not yet!

Scottish Budget – what MSPs say

Following our original article on the 16/17 draft budget, calling for 1% of the 16/17 trunk road budget line to be transferred to cycling and walking, members started contacting MSPs.   Some MSP replies are now being forwarded to us… Continue reading Scottish Budget – what MSPs say

City Centre East-West route

Consultation on Edinburgh’s planned major new cycleroute ends on February 1st.  It is vital for you to respond to the consultation…

Stop Press 28.1.16:  The full Spokes submission is here.  It begins, “SPOKES compliments the Council on its ambition in producing these proposals, which we warmly welcome.”    We thank the many Spokes members who worked on this major submission and/or sent us ideas and comments to be considered for it.   See here for related documents.     Continue reading City Centre East-West route

Scottish Budget – what you say

Following our article on the draft budget, calling for 1% of the 16/17 trunk road budget line to be transferred to cycling and walking, a few people have started copying us emails they have sent to their MSPs… Continue reading Scottish Budget – what you say

Scottish Budget: a realistic proposal

Spokes has written to the Scottish Parliament Infrastructure Committee suggesting a politically realistic option for preventing damage to Council cycling budgets in 2016/17.   If you agree, please contact your MSPs in support… Continue reading Scottish Budget: a realistic proposal

Top 2015 Tweets: a New Year message?

Here are our most popular tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs).   What will we see in 2016?? Continue reading Top 2015 Tweets: a New Year message?

Merry Christmas Cycling Extrapolations

The bicycle is one of the most beneficial of human inventions but we haven’t quite finished extrapolating its possibilities

Quentin Blake, Guardian Christmas Cartoon

1512 22 Guardian Quentin Blake christmas

“Every day in the run-up to the holidays, top illustrators are drawing festive scenes for all to share”
… in The Guardian

Scottish Budget : councils’ cycling hit

The Scottish budget 2016/17 promises that active travel cash will be at or just below its 2015/16 level.   Further investigation, however, suggests that the budget’s impact on local council cycling provision could be significantly worse than the overall figure suggests. Continue reading Scottish Budget : councils’ cycling hit

Budget – roads ↑↑ rail ↓ cycling/walking static or ↓ish

The draft Scottish Budget 2016-17, coming right after the Paris Climate Summit, continues and worsens the Scottish Government’s unsustainable transport policies.  Trunk road spending rises hugely, rail is cut, whilst cycling/walking investment looks if anything slightly down on 15-16, and again falls below 2% of total transport spending. Continue reading Budget – roads ↑↑ rail ↓ cycling/walking static or ↓ish

Spokes Holyrood Hustings 2016

As our Spring Public Meeting, Spokes will hold a 2016 Holyrood election hustings on Monday 21 March, to discuss cycling issues… Continue reading Spokes Holyrood Hustings 2016