Last week I attended a protest that was organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Changeworks, Transform Scotland, FOE and WWF were backing the protest and came along to support. The protest took place to “to urge Scottish Ministers to increase funding for cycling and walking” (for more info: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/on-yer-bike). The Transport and Housing Minister, Keith Brown MSP, made his way to the protest and got a letter from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland about this matter.
I managed to hop on my bike during lunch break and cycle over to St Andrews House, Regent Road and join the crowd. Around 300 people attended the protest that day. This day it was the most amazing feeling to be a cyclist. I met so many people on their bikes on the way there. I felt finally I am not the only one on the street fighting against the traffic and the “car world” as such. I wish there was more room for cyclists – literally. I have seen how the red cycling paths throughout the city centre disappear slowly and I think there is also a little bit of space for cyclists disappearing with them. I hope that protests like this one can help to support the cycling community in Edinburgh. Cycling is a great and sustainable way of transport. It should be encouraged and funding should be increased. More off-road paths (such as the ones promoted by the Innertube Map) should be created for safe cycling.
I am looking forward to more protest like this one.
For more information have a look at the webpage of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland group http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/on-yer-bike
For pictures see here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopclimatechaos/sets/72157628824301203 [by Colin Hattersley] https://t.co/Frh2UCGw [by Michael Naysmith]