Fo­rum hop­ing to pedal up change and see more cy­cle paths cre­ated

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Craig Pa­ton

A GROUP is plan­ning a bike ride through the city to en­cour­age higher trans­port spend­ing on cre­at­ing safe cy­cle paths. The Aberdeen Cy­cling Fo­rum is tak­ing part in the an­nual Pedal on Par­lia­ment (POP) for the fourth time on Sun­day.

The group plans to cy­cle from Ha­zle­head Park at 11am to the Town House, where speak­ers will ad­dress the crowd. Rachel Martin, one of the mem­bers of POP’S or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, out­lined the aims of the event.

She said: “The Pedal on Par­lia­ment is our chance to con­vince politi­cians that we need to in­crease the per­cent­age of the trans­port bud­get for ac­tive travel, so that chil­dren can ride bikes to school and women and el­derly peo­ple can feel safe on bikes. “None of this is go­ing to hap­pen if we don’t have safe cy­cle paths.”

Rachel be­lieves many is­sues fac­ing the res­i­dents of Aberdeen could be solved sim­ply by get­ting more peo­ple on their bi­cy­cles.

She said: “I think that cy­cling can solve many of the prob­lems that we have to­day. “The obe­sity cri­sis, the cli­mate cri­sis, the NHS cri­sis. We’ve got this one so­lu­tion that solves all these prob­lems.

“But most peo­ple aren’t go­ing to ride a bike un­less there’s a safe space for them.” A sec­ond, smaller route for the ride has also been planned, with cy­clists able to join the group at Al­byn Place, for the ride along Union Street to the Town House.

For the first time, this year’s event will fea­ture speeches. The Univer­sity of Aberdeen’s Dr Caitlin Cot­trill will speak about the ben­e­fits of ac­tive travel and Aberdeen Cli­mate Ac­tion’s co-founder Ali­son Stu­art will be talk­ing about the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of cy­cling. Rachel has also lodged a pe­ti­tion with the city coun­cil, signed by 250 peo­ple, call­ing for a cy­cle path to be placed on Union Street.

She is to plead her case to the op­er­a­tional de­liv­er­ies com­mit­tee on Thurs­day.

ac­tive travel: Par­tic­i­pants and Aberdeen coun­cil co-leader Jenny Laing at last year’s event.

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