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Spokes Bulletin 124: Business backs Bikes

Out now!!  Including: Bikes are good for business, large or small; Edinburgh Bike Life report; Government transport priorities; Holyrood election + many local and national issues …  Read on!! … Continue reading Spokes Bulletin 124: Business backs Bikes

Budget blow to walk & cycle

With no changes in the finalised budget, the Scottish Government has set the ground for a retreat on walking and cycling by Councils across the country… Continue reading Budget blow to walk & cycle

Budget : MSPs briefed on “1% of trunk roads” plan

All MSPs have been sent a briefing on our ‘politically realistic’ proposal for the 16/17 budget – which is to be finalised on Wednesday.  The plan has gathered support from more MSPs [including a promise from Malcolm Chisholm MSP to raise it in the budget debate], together with Professor of Physical Activity for Health Chris Oliver, author and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch, and the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Cycling Group. Continue reading Budget : MSPs briefed on “1% of trunk roads” plan

Budget : more support for our plan

The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Cycling Group has written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP supporting our budget proposal; many Spokes members have emailed their MSPs and 260 people have supported FOE’s budget e-actionContinue reading Budget : more support for our plan

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?