1) Proper funding for cycling.
2) Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
3) Safer speeds where people live, work and play
4) Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
5) Sensible road traffic law and enforcement
6) Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
7) A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
8) Solid research on cycling to support policy-making
The second document is the government's new Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS 2013). It can be found here. If we compare this latest 'vision' document from the Scottish government, the document that sets out the governments ACTION PLAN for Scotland here is how it compares to our manifesto:
1) Absolutely no commitment whatsoever to any funding at all. The councils can do it.2)Design cycling?! Not our job. The councils can do it.3) Safer speeds?! Not our job. The councils can do it.4) Ah now this is one the councils can do.5) Strict liability? Not our job, not the councils job....Westminster's job!6) HGV's drive in council areas don't they...?7) Mmm. Maybe we can do this one. Tell people that it's safe, as the councils are sorting it.8) Hmmm..suppose the transport minister can chat to the councils once in a while. That's research isn't it?
I suppose we have to be fair though, and my blog does need some balance. Surely something good has come of all this, In fact as part of the launch for CAPS there was also a press release, and the government and Keith have in fact made an announcement of more money for cycling. Brilliant! Well done Keith! Well....not quite. In fact, not at all. Mr Brown and his colleagues have seen fit to find an extra £79,000. Yes that's right a whopping £79k. Now remember that we are asking for a minimum of £100m to be spent on cycling per annum if we are to have any chance of reaching 10% by 2020. Being generous, the current funding is sitting at £20m per annum, so this extra takes us 0.079% closer to the absolute minimum required.
That isn't funding, it's a slap in the face.
As pointed out in this thread, that represents 0.000013% of the cost of dualling the A9. There can be absolutely no doubt whatsoever what the current governments vision of a modern Scotland is. More roads to help more people drive more cars to more places, faster.
So in effect, we have a cycling action plan that has no plan and no interim targets, and therefore will result in no significant action.
So it's goodbye 'cycle friendly nation'.
Scotland, the cyclists dismount nation.