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CAPS3 disappoints

The Scottish Government’s third Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (2017-2020) follows the pattern of CAPS1 and CAPS2 – a collection of increasingly useful & positive initiatives, but not an evidence-based, costed and funded programme to achieve its “unshakeable” commitment to 10% of all trips being by bike in 2020.

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Top 2016 Tweets – what and why

Below are the most popular Spokes tweets from the last 12 months, measured by the number of retweets (RTs). A truly fascinating picture!!

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Scottish Govt draft 17/18 budget fails 2020 test

Update 27.1.17: Scottish Parliament REC Committee report on the draft budget quotes our submission and asks ScotGov to set out plans to “increase funding for active travel in order to make tangible progress towards meeting its stated targets.”

The draft 17/18 budget just fulfils the SNP manifesto promise to maintain active travel investment at […]

Spokes Bulletin 126 … Challenges for 2017 … local elections, national budget

In our winter 2016 issue, out now… Edinburgh’s East-West cycleroute; Council elections 2017; shopping by bike; benefiting business through cycling … much more … read on!! …

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East-West Central Edinburgh Cycle Route: yes and maybe

At the August 30 Edinburgh Council Transport Committee every political party supported the Council’s planned East-West City Centre cycleroute – but a decision between options A and B at the controversial Roseburn section was deferred and delegated…

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Quick chance for Brexit cash?

Update 16.11.16: another holding reply from Scot Govt [this one to Alison Johnstone MSP] despite this being “accelerated funding” and needing “early action” Update 20.9.16: holding reply from Scot Govt

Spokes has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pointing out that cycling infrastructure would be a highly effective use for some of her promised £100m […]

Bike Breakfast 2016 #SpokesBB

Despite a damp June 15, there was a great turnout and lots of appreciative comment at our 2016 Spokes Bike Breakfast…

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Spokes Bulletin 125: Cycling & Health

In our Summer issue, out now… Bikes up & cars down in Edinburgh; Cycling & Health public meeting; Holyrood election implications; Shopping by Bike; and loads more … read on!! …

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Election: new opportunities beckon!!

The surprise Holyrood ‘no overall majority’ election result brings a glimmer of new hope for increased cycling investment and will make MSPs even more interested in listening to constituents…

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Holyrood Election Manifestos

How we rate the manifestos on cycling, active travel and related transport issues…

1st Green 2nd= Labour/LibDem 4th= Conservative/SNP 6th UKIP

For detailed comments see our elections page and its manifestos/candidates section.