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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

The draft 17/18 budget just fulfils the SNP manifesto promise to maintain active travel investment at least at current levels – but it fails miserably on the manifesto’s “determination to meet our vision of 10 per cent of everyday journeys being made by bike by 2020.”

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Benefiting Business : meeting report

Cycling benefits business now – and has huge further potential. That was the clear message from our public meeting on Benefiting Business through Cycling …

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Transport Cttee 1.11.16 … Bike storage ↑↑ … Bus lanes ↓↓

Edinburgh Council’s November Transport Committee both delights us (on secure bike storage) and appals us (on bus lane cuts) …

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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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Public meeting: Benefiting Business through Cycling

Edinburgh’s economy, business, employees and the population at large are all increasingly benefiting from cycling – and the opportunities are growing…

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East-West Central Edinburgh Cycle Route: Decision Time

Stop Press: Ride the Route – Monday 29 August – meet 7.45, Charlotte Square

The 30 August meeting of the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will decide on the plans for an East-West cycle route from Roseburn to Leith Walk across Edinburgh city centre, and we urge supporters to contact their councillors now…

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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 […]