More funding for cycling training is welcome, but we must also make our roads safer.

Ahead of Saturday’s Pedal on Parliament, Cycling Scotland has been awarded £4.5 million to encourage more young people to get on their bike.

AJ at SCCS cycle rally

More funding for cycling training and promotion is very welcome, but we will only see this reap rewards if we also make our roads safer.

If we are still expecting young cyclists to share the streets with lorries, vans, buses and cars, then we must be far more ambitious about upgrading road space.

I’m especially pleased to see that departments other than transport are contributing to this funding. Increasing our cycling rates should be central to getting a healthier, more active population, as well as bringing environmental benefits.

Alison