However, revolutions do not happen by themselves. They only happen through the will of the people. The Times Cycle Safe Campaign has been been an excellent catalyst over the last few weeks, bringing together all the many campaign groups and cyclists under one single campaign. Cities Fit For Cycling.
Yes, the campaign is not perfect, it needs moulding and tweaking. That's fine, and that is where the hard work will be over the coming years. However, it is a great starting point and a springboard for radical change.
The LCC has made a call for cyclists from across the UK to congregate on London to show support for 'safe and inviting streets for cycling'. I fully support this. However, having look at the train fares and considered my options for getting my bike and self to London as cheaply and easily as possible I have admitted defeat. I just can't do it.
However, that does not have to be the end of the story, or the end of the story for anyone else too far north to get to London. Scotland has it's own parliament, it's own funding, it's own priorities. The worry is that unless we do something ourselves, the events of our more southerly friends will pass us by.
So, lets not let it pass us by. Let us ride on our parliament in Edinburgh. Let us show politicians north of the border that our appetite for better roads, roads for people, that people want to use, is as strong as it is in London and England.
|Glasgow in 2020?
So lets ride on Hollyrood on the 28th of April to show the strength of supporting Scotland for safe and inviting streets. Not just for cyclist, for everyone.
Of course this is just the start of an idea for now. There are already other campaigners willing to help take this forward, who you will also hear from soon. However, we will need help. So if you are able and willing to help let me know via my website or twitter.
Lets show the politicians of Scotland that it's time to give the roads back to the people.