According to the janitor, 140-150 people attended the Spokes public meeting on Lothians cycling development…
Perhaps our biggest ever meeting, there was great interest in the 4 talks, followed by a challenging hour of questions and discussion. A hands-up showed around 40 people who had travelled in from the Lothians, and virtually everyone in the audience had used a bike in the Lothians at one time or another.
- Government cycle funding is vital. The 14/15 increase (from roughly 1% to nearly 2% of total transport spending) distributed via the Sustrans Community Links 50/50 match-funding scheme had made a really noticeable difference – as the West Lothian talk in particular had shown. It was vital for this to continue, and worrying that the draft 15/16 budget suggested that Scottish government funding for cycling infrastructure looks set to be lower than in 14/15.
- Council cycle budgets too are vital. In particular they enable councils to double-up their cycling investment, if they then apply successfully for the government/Sustrans match-funding above.
- Measure & publish. Councils should obtain and publish data to help decide what cycling projects would be most useful, to inform high-quality bids for the Sustrans match-funding, and to evaluate the success of projects.
Resources from the Meeting
- Our note-taker’s detailed report on the meeting [pdf 106k]
- Twitter timeline for the meeting [hashtag #spokesmtg, then click ‘All’]
- Discussion Chair – Alison Johnstone MSP
- East Lothian speaker – Cllr David Berry
- East Lothian intended speech [docx 23k][NB Cllr Veitch was ill so Cllr Berry stood in]
- East Lothian post-meeting press release
- Midlothian speaker – Cllr Derek Rosie
- Midlothian presentation [pdf 1.9MB]
- West Lothian speaker – Cllr Tony Boyle
- West Lothian presentation [pdf 1.9MB]
- West Lothian slide-notes [pdf 89k]
- Edinburgh City speaker – Cllr Adam McVey
- City of Edinburgh presentation [ppt 600k]